Match Preview – New Zealand vs Australia, Australia in New Zealand 2020/21, 5th T20I | Instant News


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New Zealand may have to call up their half-time bowler as they want to avenge their two crushing losses

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There will be more important T20 matches for both sides to play later in the year, but the deciding contest for this series is a great opportunity for them to hone their skills in tournament-style play. Australia has played must-win for the last two games, producing impressive wins, and it feels as if while they are gathering confidence it has ebbed away from New Zealand.

The New Zealand coach, Gary Stead, is pretty blunt after Friday’s defeat in saying he thought his team was taking a step back with the bat. There is limited scope for change with the 13 man squad they have for this series so it looks like the same top-tier will leave again, but there is pressure on Team Seifert in the series which is disappointing to him.

Spin is expected to play another big role and Australia has deeper options with the trio of Ashton Agar, Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell doing an incredible job yesterday. Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi are impressive too, but maybe Kane Wiliamson should use himself this time.

Immediately after the match, the Australian squad will head to Wellington airport and board their charter flight back to Sydney. Players from states with open borders to New Zealand (excluding Auckland) do not need to be quarantined but those from places where regulations are in place could potentially face isolation depending on whether they return straight away.

This is the last international cricket that the Australian men’s team has confirmed in the schedule for quite a while (with the exception of England who may not be back in the final Test against India) although there may be a mid-year whiteball tour of the Caribbean ahead of the final. preparations for the T20 World Cup. For New Zealand, their home season ends later this month with the ODI and T20I draws against Bangladesh.

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