Matthew Wade will look to win the series under his maiden captaincy while Williamson will look to continue the home success    Getty Images
Matthew Wade will look to win the series under his maiden captaincy while Williamson will look to continue the home success Getty Images

New Zealand are all set to seek revenge of their last year s whitewash against an under-strength Australia in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy at home. The first ODI of the three-match series will be held at Auckland on January 30. While Australia s top priority is Tests in India, where they have not won since 2004, New Zealand seek to continue their dominance after the recently concluded Bangladesh series. This will also be an ideal preparation for the Champions Trophy scheduled to begin from June 1. Both teams will be playing the second match of the tournament on June 2 at Edgbaston in Birmingham. New Zealand will be led by Kane Williamson while Australia have found a new stand-in and 24th ODI captain in Matthew Wade.

Steven Smith is out due to ankle injury while Reverend David Warner and Usman Khawaja are rested ahead of the India tour. New Zealand can heave sigh of relief as Warner was the tormentor in the December series, amassing 299 runs at 99.66 in three matches. The No. 1 ODI team Australia have brought Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh to their side to strengthen the batting unit. Australia are equally boosted with confidence after beating Pakistan 4-1 in the five-match ODI series recently. However, New Zealand will seek inspiration not only from their recent success, but also the last swansong under Brendon McCullum earlier last year. Full Cricket Scorecard: New Zealand vs Australia, 1st ODI at Eden Park, Auckland

Here are possible key clashes from the first ODI:

Matthew Wade vs Kane Williamson: The talented wicketkeeper-batsman announced himself with his maiden ODI century at Brisbane in Pakistan, breaking several records. Now with an additional responsibility of captaincy, Wade needs to up his analytical skills as well apart from just boosting his bowlers confidence from behind the stumps. Wade will also need to decide the batting flow with no Warner and Khawaja to begin the proceedings for Australia. On the other hand, Williamson was at his best with his captaincy skills and is also one of the talismanic batsmen whose name is often taken alongside Joe Root, Virat Kohli and Smith. He can bring variations with change of bowlers time to time and never allow the batsmen to settle. He can also show his prowess with the ball as seen against Bangladesh.

Glenn Maxwell vs Martin Guptill: The series against Pakistan saw the rise of Maxwell that Australia was hunting for. He can change the game in no time and now would have to brush aside his differences with Wade and support his captain by contributing both with bat as well as ball. Maxwell missed the series against New Zealand last year and will ensure to up his game eyeing a spot in the squad for the upcoming Champions Trophy. In a similar fashion, the Kiwi opening batsman had created enough havoc in Australia that included a century in the first ODI. Guptill will want to move forward after a forgettable ODI series against Bangladesh. Though he might have missed the T20I series due to hamstring injury,coach Mike Hesson phrased it correctly to, Martin’s obviously a key player for us with the white ball and can play a big role against Australia. ALSO READ: Ricky Ponting backs Glenn Maxwell to be selected in Australia s squad for India

Tom Latham vs Josh Hazlewood: With no Luke Ronchi in the squad due to injury, the southpaw could be lining behind the stumps apart from his batting expertise. Latham has kept wickets in three of his 49 ODIs. That also brings us to his 50th ODI and he would want to make this special with a big knock as seen against Bangladesh in Christchurch. One of Hazlewood s favourite victims in the previous Chappell-Hadlee Trophy was Latham. He caught him twice cheaply for 2 and 4 in the three ODIs. Hazlewood can open the lid and make any batsman anxious. Hazlewood would not mind keeping Latham under scrutiny in this series as well.

Jimmy Neesham vs Mitchell Starc: Although Neesham had a decent outing Down Under with a fifty and 34 in the previous series, he was the one who was deeply hurt by the whitewash. Neesham, batting on No. 4 then, will be itching to pay back to his opponent, in particular to Starc. One cannot forget that nasty blow Neesham suffered from Starc s 148 kph delivery that hit his right forearm in second ODI. Of course, it was McCullum s show no pain words that inspired the all-rounder. Keeping aside the blow, both the all-rounders can pick quick wickets. Where Neesham ended with 2, Starc picked up 6 wickets in the December series. Starc gets little opportunity to bat with big guns playing at the top. But when he does, the big shots flow easily from the southpaw s willow. This fiery clash can grab the eyeballs of many once again.