Fantasy Cricket: Australia vs New Zealand Test I Preview


The Trans-Tasman neighbours will highlight the marquee series of the Australian summer. The three-match series between Australia and New Zealand will begin with the first one at Optus Stadium in Perth. This day-night Test will be played from Thursday, as Australia look to continue their perfect ‘win record’ in the day-night Tests.

Australia are fresh from blanking Pakistan at home, while New Zealand had to grind a 1-0 win over England. The World Test Championship points on offer will be crucial, as the teams look to plot their move up the table.

Australia Preview

Australia did almost everything right against Pakistan. There were runs from the top-order at a fairly quick pace and the bowlers dominated the opponents. David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon have all fetched fantasy points.

All those four remain top of the fantasy picks once again for this series. Joe Burns has had a good comeback series too and presents a dark horse pick. Steven Smith had a poor series against Pakistan, but never count him out in Test cricket.

New Zealand Preview

The Kiwis will relish being the underdogs and captain Kane Williamson will enjoy being the head of the pack. Tom Latham and BJ Watling are key players that add vital runs for New Zealand. Having them in your side could be beneficial.

Trent Boult remains an injury concern, so picking him could be dicey. Tim Southee’s form hasn’t been up to the mark, although he remains their senior bowler. Neil Wagner loves packing a punch and can be looked upon as a surprise pick. Mitchell Santner and Colin de Grandhomme are good picks too, considering their all-round abilities.

Fantasy Players to Watch

David Warner was in excellent form against Pakistan scoring a triple century and a 150 in two visits. He will look to continue the same against New Zealand.

Mitchell Starc has spurred to form against Pakistan and was nearly unplayable. He could once again cherish the swinging ‘Pink ball’.

BJ Watling has been New Zealand’s best batsman against England. Not just that, he has glued the innings together many a time. Back him to lead New Zealand’s charge.

Predicted XIs

Australia: 1 David Warner 2 Joe Burns 3 Marnus Labuschagne 4 Steve Smith 5 Travis Head 6 Matthew Wade 7 Tim Paine (C & WK) 8 Pat Cummins 9 Mitchell Starc 10 Nathan Lyon 11 Josh Hazlewood

New Zealand: 1 Jeet Raval 2 Tom Latham 3 Kane Williamson (C) 4 Ross Taylor 5 Henry Nicholls 6 BJ Watling (WK) 7 Colin de Grandhomme 8 Mitchell Santner 9 Tim Southee 10 Neil Wagner 11 Lockie Ferguson

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