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AUS vs NZ 1st ODI Picks & Predictions.

AUS vs NZ 1st ODI Picks & Predictions.

1st ODI, New Zealand Tour of Australia

Kick-Off: Thursday, 13th March, 2020 at 9:00 AM IST

Venue: Sydney Cricket Ground


AUS vs NZ 1st ODI Picks & Predictions.

Coronavirus is hitting cricket too. Rest of ODI’s for SA tour of IND will be played without audience in the stadium. It may affect Australia soon, but for now Chappell-Hadlee series is back after the gap of 3 years.

Australia and New Zealand have gone retro for the Chappell-Hadlee series 2020. Australia will be wearing bright yellow jersey and New Zealand will be wearing famous teal jersey. Reliving the ’90s. It was the time when Aussie were ruling the cricket all over the world.

Australia will try to regain the Chappell-Hadlee which has been in New Zealand hands since their series win at home, back in 2017. But Australia was white-washed last month by South Africa. That series was an eye-opener for Australian team management. Maxwell is still injured and is not available for the series. But D’Arcy Short is doing really good, although he is not very familiar with middle-order batting, he did good.

Kiwi’s are back with their lethal pace bowling attack. Which also will give headache to the selectors. Trent Boult, Jimmy Neesham, Lockie Ferguson and Kyle Jamieson are the fiery trio of the bowiling unit of NZ.

Recent Performances: (most recent first)






Warner and Smith loves the SCG. All the expectations will be on this batting duo. Both have 55+ avg. on this venue. But Australians really are in need of some luck. Despite of having fiery pace bowing attack and finest batsman in the world, they are failed to defeat their opponents. Recent ODI series shown reality about their batting weakness while chasing. Middle order failed to perform as expected. With Maxwell being not available due to injury, Short will find his way into the playing XI. No major changes are expected in playing XI.

New Zealand:

Kiwi defeated the full-strength Indian team in ODI’s!!! They are at their best. With return of Ferguson, bowling unit may get shuffled a bit. Ferguson is got 46 wickets in last 2 years. Over the same period, Boult has 42 wickets. Boult will be the major threat to the Aussie top order because of his abilities to strike early in powerplay overs. Once again, everything relies on the form of Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor and Tom Latham in that middle order. The opening partnership of Henry Nicholls and Martin Guptill has work to do. 



Top NZ bowler wins/matches
Henry 4 2t/21
Boult 9 7t/41
Lockie 7 5t/27
Sodhi 3 2t/13
Grandhomme t/31
Santner 5t/33

Top NZ bat wins/matches
Williamson 9/40
Taylor 13/44
Guptill 7/39
Nicholls 2/17
Latham 2/40
Grandhomme 1/32

Australia are 1.61 with New Zealand 2.50.

For New Zealand, Williamson is the 13/5 favourite followed by Guptill and Nicholls at 11/4 and 7/2. Guptill boasts the best runs per innings average against Australia (37). Williamson has a mark of 34 and Taylor 30. Taylor is underrated at 5/1.

Warner has passed fifty seven times in 13 innings at the SCG, including three centuries. Sportsbook make him 13/5 favourite for top Aussie bat. Steve Smith has 626 runs in 11 but there’s no little other evidence he should be as short as 11/4. Finch is 16/5 and his 317 runs in ten innings is poor by comparison.


CTS365 Performance prediction:

Player & Team Stats:

  • Outside of the 2015 and 1992 World Cups, the last time an international was staged so late in the season at the SCG was when these two sides met in a one-off ODI in 1983 to raise funds for the bushfire appeal.

  • New Zealand have not won an ODI at the SCG since 2002.


  • New Zealand is my pick as a winner of the match.
  • If you follow only stats, Australia is fav. to win.

Differential Players to Impact the Match:

L Ferguson

D Warner

K Jamieson

J Neesham

S Smith


Team Squad News: Injury and Availability

  • Maxwell is injured and not available.

Probable XI: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Steven Smith, Marnus Labuschagne, D’Arcy Short, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson


  • Matt Henry will not be available due to injury.

Probable XI: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, James Nessham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Trent Boult


Pitch and Weather: Sydney Cricket Ground

The SCG usually serves up a flat deck, with three of the last four ODIs at the venue dating back to December 2016 seeing first innings scores in excess of 300, and victories for teams batting first.

Interestingly, three of Australia’s five defeats on the bounce leading up to this series have come while they’ve batted first. New Zealand meanwhile, have had success both while chasing as well as defending a total in the home series against India.

This contest is under lights but there should be no panic about the toss in terms of the white ball doing too much or dew factor. In the last 19 it is pretty even with ten won by the chaser.

Points to remember:

AUS vs NZ (last 5 ODI):  AUS- 1,   NZ-2, NR-2

On this Venue:

ODI Statistics

Total Match Played: 30
Batting First Won: 16
Batting Second Won: 14
Tie: 0
Avg. Score in 1st bat: 265

Highest Score: South Africa 408/5

Lowest Score: Afghanistan 111/7

New Zealand