David Warner, Colin de Grandhomme and Adil Rashid © Getty Images
David Warner, Colin de Grandhomme and Adil Rashid © Getty Images

Australia will be taking on New Zealand at the SCG in the first match of the tri-series on Saturday. Australia will be missing out on the services of Steven Smith, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and likes. However, their batting line-up does possess of explosive batsmen like Aaron Finch, D’arcy Short, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis and Chris Lynn. Ahead of the tri-series, Michael Hussey picked the danger players who could pose a threat in the series.

From Australia, Hussey was caught between David Warner and Chris Lynn. Warner had an unpleasant outing in the ODI series against England. He could manage a total of 77 runs from 5 matches at 14.60. Yet, Hussey has placed his bets on Warner:

“He’ll be stung a little bit having had a disappointing one-day series, but he’ll also be so excited about being captain of the team. I know he loves leading teams; he’s led the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL and done a fantastic job there. And he’s someone who really thrives on the leadership and leads from the front. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s someone that has a very good series for Australia,” Hussey told Unplayable Podcast.

As for New Zealand, Hussey was caught between Colin de Grandhomme and Martin Guptill. De Grandhomme smashed 40-ball 74 in the fourth ODI against Pakistan. He also holds a whopping 153.73 strike rate in T20Is. Guptill, on the other hand, became the second batsman in the world, after Brendon McCullum, to score 2,000-plus T20I runs.

However, Hussey opted for de Grandhomme: “He is an aggressive and clean hitter of the cricket ball. He doesn’t hold back against the spinners, he’s happy to take them on and belt them over the fielders even if they’re fielding on the boundary. I watched him closely in a couple of games against Pakistan where he just destroyed them. He’s someone, given the right conditions and the right type of bowling, he could be very, very dangerous.”

England have a formidable unit. They clinched the ODI series by 4-1 against Australia after a dismal 2017-18 Ashes show. Hussey ignored the top guns and went for leggie Adil Rashid. He was the leading wicket-taker in the ODI series against Australia scalping 10 wickets from 5 matches at 29.90. Rashid was also the leading wicket-taker for Adelaide Strikers with 16 wickets from 9 matches in 2015-16 BBL.

“It’s shown in T20 cricket, leg-spinners in the Big Bash have done so well, as long as you’re a good one and there’s been some very good ones on show. They just have this knack of taking wickets and I think Rashid would have got a lot of confidence from the one-day series against Australia. He played well for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash a couple of years ago and is a key member of the England team,” Hussey concluded.

Considering Australia consists of the explosive batsmen, Hussey is rooting for Australia to win the tri-series. The tri-series involving Australia, England and New Zealand will be partly played in Australia and partly in New Zealand.