This will be the 10th edition of Chappell-Hadlee Trophy    Getty Images
This will be the 10th edition of Chappell-Hadlee Trophy Getty Images

Australia and New Zealand lock heads in the first of the 3-match ODI series in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy at Sydney Cricket Ground. Steven Smith will be boosted by the return of all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and James Faulkner. The presence of Mitchell Starc should be a huge relief for them since he missed their last ODI series and the bowling lacked potency without him. Both teams are coming from ODI series defeats and will want to begin the ODI series on the right note. With no Ross Taylor and Corey Anderson, Kane Williamson knows he will have to get his team to punch above their weight in the batting department.

Australia have had a tough start to their home summer. New Zealand, on the other hand, are coming off a emphatic series win against Pakistan. The Kiwis don’t quite enjoy a good record in Australia and will be eager to make that right. Coach Mike Hesson and captain Williamson will count heavily on their bunch of talented youngsters. Despite the recent results, Australia will start as favourites, but the Kiwis are known for their fight. Ahead of this cracking tournament, we present the statistical preview for this series.

Faulkner needs another 92 runs to complete 1,000 ODI runs. He will become 42nd Australian to achieve this milestone and 351st overall.

Maxwell is 5 wickets away from completing 50 wickets in ODIs. He will become 10th spinner from Australia to reach this landmark and 74th spinner overall.

Williamson is 123 runs away from completing 4,000 ODI runs. He will become the 11th New Zealand batsman to go past 4,000 ODI runs and 102nd overall.

Martin Guptill needs 45 runs to complete 5,000 ODI runs. He will become the 5th New Zealand batsman to score 5,000 ODI runs and 79th overall.

If he plays 2 more ODIs, Williamson will become the 23rd Kiwi cricketer to play 100 ODIs and 237th overall.

Apart from Williamson, Guptill and Tom Latham, no other player in the New Zealand squad has touched the 600-run mark in ODIs.

There are three uncapped players (Hilton Cartwright for Australia, and Lockie Ferguson and Todd Astle for New Zealand) in the two squads combined. If all three gets to make their ODI debuts in this series, then this will be the first series between Australia and New Zealand since 2009 when three players make their ODI debut in the same series. If they make their debut in the same match it will be first such instance in a match between Australia and New Zealand since 1974.

If Cartwright gets the chance to make his ODI debut, Australia will go past India s tally of 216 ODI caps. With 217 ODI caps, Australia will be at second spot in terms of giving most ODI caps after England (246).

Williamson (46.71) has the best batting average from both the squads, while Starc tops (19.61) heads the bowling averages.

So far, New Zealand have won 3 of the 9 editions of Chappell-Hadlee Trophy and Australia 4, while the other 2 have been drawn.

New Zealand won the last two editions of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy in February 2016 and February 2015. This followed a two-in-two run by Australia, in February 2011 and March 2010. If New Zealand managed to beat Australia in this Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, then this will be first instance of a team doing a hat-trick.

For Australia, Smith (41.31), George Bailey (41.15) and David Warner (41), all average in the 40s.

If New Zealand manage to beat Australia in this series they will retain their third spot in ICC rankings. But if they whitewash Australia, South Africa will take the top place, pushing Australia to second spot. On the other hand, if New Zealand lose this series, India will rise to No. 3 and New Zealand will move to fourth place.

Out of 152 ODIs at Sydney, where the first match is going to be played, the team batting first have won 83 games and team batting second won 62.

Of the 21 matches at Sydney between the two countries, Australia have won 13 and New Zealand 6.

(Abhishek Kumar is a cricket devotee currently staffing with CricLife and CricketCountry.com. He can be followed at @abhik2593)