Australia will begin their international summer at home with the first Test against New Zealand starting November 5 and you can get all the Australia v New Zealand 1st Test betting tips & predictions in the article that follows.
Following the Ashes Test series defeat during the English Summer, and a number of retirements by established and experienced players, Australia will begin another new era in their cricket history when they face their nearest neighbours from across the Tasman, New Zealand at the Gabba in Brisbane on Thursday, in the first of a three match Test series.
The Australian selectors have named a 12-man squad for the first two Tests of the series, with 26 year old Joe Burns named as the new opening partner for David Warner, following Chris Rogers retirement at the end of the Ashes tour. The 28 year old Usman Khawaja is also named in the party, and will likely slot in at three in the batting order, if as seems likely, the captain Steven Smith bats at No.4 With Khawaja having made nine appearances and Burns two, there will be no debutants however.
Adam Voges may be in the twilight of his own career at 36 years of age, but is seen as a vital experienced cog at the time of transformation, and retains the No.5 place, while Mitchell Marsh will play as an all-rounder batting at No.6
The two countries haven’t met in a Test match since December 2011 in Hobart, when the Black Caps won a thrilling 7-run victory, after being dismissed for just 150 in their first innings, a result that squared the two match series 1-1. The last time that the Kiwis managed a “series” success against the Aussies was in 1989/90, when they won the one-off Test in Wellington by 9-wickets. Their only series victory on Australian soil was way back in 1985/86, when they celebrated a 2-1 win thanks largely to Sir Richard Hadlee who was at the height of his irrespirable powers.
The selection of Burns is probably no great surprise, as he scored two half-centuries in his last Test against India, and he would have gone to Bangladesh for the recent tour, if the trip hadn’t been postponed on safety grounds.
The hosts have picked four fast bowlers in the squad, although one of Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Peter Siddle is likely to end up carrying the drinks.
Australia v New Zealand Tests head to head:
The overall figures point to Australia leading 86-35 and in a position of great strength. Of the last 17 Tests that have had results, Australia have won 16 while New Zealand’s only victory came in their previous Test they played in 2011.
Australia v New Zealand 1st Test betting tips & predictions:
Team batting second to win: 8/11 for an Aussie win or 57/17 for a New Zealand win
David Warner to be top Australia batsman: 10/3
Match starts at 10 am local time (0001 hrs GMT) on November 5.