BigMozzyDog Posted February 1, 2016 Share Posted February 1, 2016 Australia must certainly have an incredible team, especially given their 3-0 T20 defeat at home to India, if they can leave out a player of Usman Khawaja’s magnitude. Not only did he blast the Thunder to Big Bash glory, he is on a run of scores that can only be matched by Martin Guptill. Guptill simply can’t fail at the moment in any format, and it remains to be seen if he can carry that on in this series. The home team will certainly be keen to continue their overall form after beating a dangerous Pakistan side at home recently. The strength of Kane Williamson at three is a surprise to nobody, we have long championed him as possibly the best in that position in the world. What has taken us slightly off guard is the dominance of Martin Guptill at the top of the order. Yes, this is a man with an ODI highest of 237 not out, but his career has generally featured explosive brilliance, followed by a torrid run. He is now in the best form of his international career. Impressive going. Elsewhere, Brendon McCullum has not been his typical cavalier self, blasting telling scores in no time at all. He may be on the verge of retirement, but he remains one of the most devastating batters on the circuit, and it would be nice to see him sign off with some classic Baz. A main reason for New Zealand’s arrival as a dominant 50-over force is the amount of game changers they have in the middle order. This is probably an area where they best the Aussies, with Colin Munro and Cory Anderson capable of scoring in rapid fashion. While the visitors have players like Warner, Smith, Finch, Marsh and Maxwell, it seems that they are easily derailed by losing their big guns. If that happens here against a tidy Kiwi bowling attack, there is no reason the home side can’t make these prices look pretty silly. You can back New Zealand to win at 13/10 with Boylesports. Full preview: https://www.punterslounge.com/betting-tips/cricket/new-zealand-vs-australia-2016020104 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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