New Zealand will be desperate for two crucial points when they go up against neighbouring country – Australia at the Lord’s Cricket Ground in London on June 29 (Saturday).
New Zealand suffered an untimely injury against Pakistan after maintaining a five-match winning streak. They will be desperate for the two points to make an entry to the top-four of the tournament. The Black Caps will look to regroup themselves and come back harder in their game against the defending champions. Tomorrow’s game might see a ring of changes in their line-up with the openers completely out of form. Trent Boult and Matt Henry has also been out of form with the new ball and will hope to bounce back ahead of the business end.
On the other hand, Australia have been a dominant side except for the game against India. The team have functioned like a well-oiled machine with each player backing the other. While skipper Aaron Finch and David Warner have led the batting, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins have taken the onus on themselves in the bowling department. On top of that, Jason Behrendorff’s form will bring flexibility in Australia’s line-up who will look to continue the winning run.
Date and Venue: Australia vs New Zealand, June 29 (Saturday) at 6:00 PM IST, at Lord’s in London
Australia skipper Aaron Finch has won the toss and elected to bat first against New Zealand at Lord’s in London
Here is what the captains said,
We are going to bat first. It’s a used wicket and hopefully, it will get slower on later. It’s a bit dry and might spin. No changes, we’ve been really flexible with the team.
We would’ve batted, it’s important that we take some early wickets. Sodhi comes in for Henry, also Henry Nicholls comes in at the top of the order for Colin Munro. Today is a new day, a fresh start and it’s about putting up strong performances. They (Australia) bring in great crowd, it should be fun.
Australia: Aaron Finch(c), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey(w), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Jason Behrendorff
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson(c), Ross Taylor, Tom Latham(w), James Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult