The super 12 round begins on October 22 with the first match between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney- the finalists of last year’s T20 World Cup. The ICC T20 World Cup 2022 final will be played on November 13. The AUS vs NZ Trans-Tasmanian rivalry will kick off this much anticipated T20 World Cup. Cricket experts have already chosen their winter before the tournament has even started.
Australia is the host and venue of the ICC T20 World Cup 2022. Hence, all the matches will take place at different stadiums spread across Australia. Australia is also the defending champions of the tournament who defeated New Zealand in the last year’s T20 World Cup final.
Australia and New Zealand were the finalists of the last T20 World Cup and will be resuming their rivalry in the very first match. The Aussies played a warm-up game against India which they lost. New Zealand lost their first warm-up game against the Proteas while the second against India was washed out due to rain.
AUS vs NZ Match Preview, ICC T20 World Cup 2022 Super 12, Group 1, Match 13
The side is struggling with form and injury concerns for a few of their key players. Skipper Aaron Finch is himself struggling with form. Two key players in Mitchell Marsh and Marcus Stoinis who played in the England series have concerns about their fitness as well. Finch revealed that the management is taking a cautious approach with the two players.
“Stoinis, the reason he wasn’t available to bowl yesterday was just prior injury history, every time that he’s tried to come back and ball back-to-back games coming off the same injury he has struggled and got a niggle on the back of it. So we went with the conservative route there. Mitch has been building up his bowling at the moment. He just hasn’t been at the intensity to go into a game that’s required especially so close to a World Cup” said Finch.
Australia roped in Cameron Green as one of their last-minute replacements for Josh Inglis who was ruled out due to a right-hand injury that required surgery. David Warner who took a blow to his head in the second T20I against England is expected to be fit for the first game against the Kiwis.
Glenn Maxwell’s form with the bat is another major worry for the management at the moment. Thus the defending champions have plenty to ponder as they are about to start their title defence in the first game in Sydney.
Aaron Finch (c), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins, Tim David, Josh Hazlewood, Cameron Green, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa
The Kiwis did not have good preparation before their T20 World Cup campaign starts. They were bowled out for 98 in the only warm-up game that they played. However, unlike Australia, they do not have any injury concerns and have all their players fit and available. This might make the difference heading into the Super 12 opener between the two teams.
New Zealand Squad
Kane Williamson (c), Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Martin Guptill, Lachlan Ferguson, Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, Michael Bracewell, Trent Boult, Finn Allen.
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