After winning three out of their first three matches of the Trans-Tasman T20 tri-series at home, Australia are now in New Zealand for the final leg of the series and will take on hosts New Zealand on Friday (February 16) at the Eden Park Stadium in Auckland. Ahead of the heated clash, we look at the predicted XI line-ups for both teams’ 5th T20 International.
The Kiwis are also off the mark in the series as they beat England in the 4th T20 International and took an important step towards joining Australia in the final on February 21. England is the only team that is yet to a win a game in the tri-series, having lost their opening three games. If New Zealand win their next game against Australia, they will be guaranteed a place in the final with England out of the reckoning.
Here, we look at the predicted XI line-ups of both New Zealand and Australia for the 5th T20 International match of the Trans-Tasman tri-series.
New Zealand Predicted XI for 5th T20 of tri-series
Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (c), Mark Chapman, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Seifert (wk), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
After missing out in the tri-series opener against Australia, New Zealand’s hard-hitting opening duo of Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will be looking forward to home comforts and smaller boundaries in this match. While Guptill played a fine hand at the top for his team against England in the 4th T20, Munro will be looking to join the party soon.
Following Guptill and Munro will the calming and influential presence of captain Kane Williamson at the crucial Number 3 slot, who also won the Man of the Match award in the 4th T20 International. Former Hong Kong international Mark Chapman is the man to have replaced Tom Bruce in the New Zealand. He will once again take the Number 4 position. Veteran Ross Taylor will complete the middle-order for the home team.
The Kiwi selectors have called in domestic stalwart Tim Seifert to replace Tom Blundell behind the wickets and he played a fine cameo towards the end against England. The big-hitting Colin de Grandhomme and the wily Mitchell Santner will continue as the two all-rounders for the Kiwis.
Leg spinner Ish Sodhi and the experienced pace duo of Trent Boult and Tim Southee will once again form the core of bowling attack.
Australia Predicted XI for 5th T20 of tri-series
David Warner (c), D’Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Travis Head, Alex Carey (wk), Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Billy Stanlake, Kane Richardson
After completing an immensely successful home run of the T20 tri-series, Australia are likely to go in with an unchanged team for their first match in New Zealand.
Despite the return of veteran Aaron Finch, D’Arcy Short was once again the preferred opener for Australia in their last outing against England and he is likely to stay there alongside David Warner. As good as he has been in the leadership role, captain Warner’s dwindling limited-overs form is likely to be a concern for the Australian camp.
Following Short and Warner are two of the most destructive batsmen going around in world cricket at present – Chris Lynn and Glenn Maxwell. Lynn has only shown glimpses of his destructive potential in the series and he will be raring to go on the smallish New Zealand grounds. The mercurial Glenn Maxwell has been in breathtaking form in the series and will look to continue his good run. The big-hitting Aaron Finch will complete the Kangaroos’ middle-order.
Marcus Stoinis and Ashton Agar will be the two all-rounders in the team. Agar has bowled thus far and has been an economical option in the middle overs for his skipper. The big-hitting Stoinis hasn’t had much to do in the series so far.
BBL 7 star Alex Carey will continue to keep wickets in the 5th T20 International of the series.
After their impressive show in the first three matches of this tri-series, Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson and Billy Stanlake are likely to be the three frontline pacers available at skipper Warner’s disposal going into the next game as well.