New Zealand will look to return to winning ways after suffering their first loss of the ICC World Cup 2019 against Pakistan when they go up against defending champions Australia at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium on June 29 (Saturday). The Kiwis will be desperate for a win and seal the semifinal berth alongside Australia, who already made it to the top four.
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New Zealand who are desperate to seal off a semi-final spot will look to ring in some changes in the playing XI. The opening pair- Martin Guptill and Colin Munro have been entirely out of form which has put pressure in the middle order. James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme have stood up to the task to bail the Kiwis, but they will be keen to solve their top-order woes/
On the bowling front, Lockie Ferguson has done an exceptional job, but the new ball bowlers in Trent Boult and Matt Henry needs to chip in more as they aim to beat Aaron Finch & Co.
Here is the predicted playing XI of New Zealand for match 37 of the ICC World Cup 2019 against Australia at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London:
Martin Guptill has a lot of experience behind his back and will have to raise his game as the World Cup approaches towards its business end. New Zealand will hope for a big knock from their star opener.
Henry Nicholls is likely to come in place of out of form Colin Munro. It will be a welcome opportunity for Nicholls to grab the opportunity and make a mark against the top Australian side.
Kane Williamson has been in fantastic form with two back to back centuries. He has led New Zealand from the front and will hope to continue that bring his side to the winning ways.
Ross Taylor has raised his hand when his side needed him the most. However, New Zealand will want the veteran batsman to show consistency and lead their batting in the middle order.
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Tom Latham has struggled with the bat so far in the World Cup. He needs to hit the form and provide stability in the middle order. However, Latham has done an excellent job with the wicket-keeping gloves on.
James Neesham has had an outstanding tournament so far in England. The all-rounder will look to keep up the excellent work as New Zealand march towards their first World Cup trophy.
COLIN DE GRANDHOMME
Colin de Grandhomme has bounced back after an awful start to the World Cup. The veteran all-rounder will look to contribute more with the bat in the lower-order to provide depth in the Kiwi batting.
Mitchell Santner is a very handy cricketer who can contribute to all the departments. He has had a mild tournament so far claiming only three wickets and needs to bring his best game forward as stiffer challenges await for the New Zealand team.
Lockie Ferguson has been a revelation for New Zealand in this World Cup. So far he has scalped 15 wickets and has bowled with great pace and accuracy. Ferguson’s job will keep doing the same in the remainder of the tournament.
Trent Boult has had an average tournament and will want to raise his game against if New Zealand have to return to the winning ways. The left-arm pacer can single-handedly run down a batting order, and the management will want a top-class performance against Australia.
Matt Henry can bowl quick and will have to pick wickets with the new ball to keep the inform Australian openers out of the match. The right-arm pacer has been of average quality and will strive to better his effort in the next game.