Australia host New Zealand for three-match Test series this month © Getty Images
Australia host New Zealand for three-match Test series this month © Getty Images

The Australia-New Zealand series starting on November 5, has already engraved it’s name in the history books with the inclusion of pink ball cricket in other words day-night Test matches. With so much being written and talked about the pink ball the focus has diverted from actual cricket. Now, all the talks about the pink ball can wait till the third Test at Adelaide. New Zealand who will go into the Test series high on confidence after the All Blacks (NZ rugby team) beat The Wallabies (Australia rugby team) in the finals convincingly to lift the Rugby World Cup. Brendon McCullum has maintained that his team is mentally prepared to overcome any sledging and aggression that is expected to come their way. McCullum’s fearless leadership is praised by all and can be a deciding factor in the series. LIVE SCORECARD: Australia vs New Zealand , 1st Test match at Gabba

New Zealand in past year or so has been the team for watch out for. Mostly for its positive play and more importantly swing bowling. Tim Southee and Trent Boult have been a sort of revelation for Black Caps cricket since the World Cup and even a little before that. The ICC World Cup 2015 group match between both the sides at Auckland was a great example of how the Australian batsmen struggled against swinging deliveries, however final was a different story and that’s something, which will be fresh on the visitor’s mind. Playing again in Australia, New Zealand won’t want to repeat the same mistakes. Trent Boult in the past 12 months has picked up 32 wickets at an average of 26 in 7 Tests and will continue to spearhead the attack. Tim Southee has been good too picking up 21 wickets in the same period.  ALSO READ:Steven Smith: Will bat at No.4 against New Zealand in first Test at Gabba

The venues of Brisbane, Perth and Adelaide, all offer help to bowlers. It may not swing a great deal but there will be bounce. The conditions are bound to suit Australian attack better but they had a forgettable Ashes and are in rebuilding phase post the retirements of Chris Rogers, Ryan Harris, Shane Watson and most importantly Michael Clarke. The middle order will be less experienced and to go along the pressures of a Trans-Tasman series will only act as a deterrent for them, giving New Zealand bowlers a good chance to keep the scoring rate in control. New Zealand will also know that the bouncy and fast pitches could also act in Australia’s favour with Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson blazing all guns. ALSO READ:Australia vs New Zealand 2015-16: Tim Southee says Kiwis’ preparations are good

Australian head coach Darren Lehmann has already told his players to avenge The Wallabies defeat. The fact remains the rebuilding Australia will be under more pressure and this is a great chance for New Zealand to down them at their den.

 

(Vishal Mehra is a reporter at CricketCountry, who enjoys his weekly dose of anime as refreshment for the soul and plays cricket once a white moon. His twitter handle is @vishal_oxyjinn)