Australia vs. New Zealand - 12/26/19 World Test Championship Cricket - 2nd Test Pick, Odds, and Prediction
New Zealand at Australia
Wednesday, December 25, 2019 at 7:30 PM (Melbourne Cricket Ground)
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Australia and New Zealand are set to play the 2nd Test of the series at the MCG in Melbourne. The Boxing Day Test is a big occasion in cricket so both teams will be desperate to ensure they start the match well. As it currently stands, Australia are leading the series 1-0.
Australia won the match in Perth handsomely as the team won by 296 runs. It was an exceptional display by the Australian bowlers as they only allowed New Zealand to score 337 runs in the entire match. Mitchell Starc was the star performer for Australia as the quick took 9 wickets for the match. Nathan Lyon contributed with 6 wickets while Pat Cummins took 5 wickets. As far as the Australian bowling is concerned, Josh Hazlewood is unlikely to play after sustaining an injury during the previous match. Peter Siddle is expected to replace Hazlewood. The Australian batting in unexpected to change since the batsmen all look in decent touch.
Looking at the New Zealand side, the bowlers bowled well with the likes of Neil Wagner and Tim Southee battling hard to keep Australia to a reasonable total. Southee took 9 wickets while Wagner took 7 wickets. Trent Boult is expected to return for this match which should be a huge boost for the Kiwi bowling unit. The big issue for New Zealand was the batting which must improve in this match. Players like Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, and BJ Wattling must produce big runs if New Zealand are to level the series.
The pitch at Melbourne has been very flat over the past few years. That being said, the MCG produces an unsafe pitch for a domestic fixture played recently. Considering all the drama around the MCG pitch, we should get a surface that allows big runs to be scored.
I am expecting New Zealand to produce a better performance in this match considering the team is packed with quality players. That being said, I see Australia winning this match. The Australian team is much stronger and I see them having too much momentum to be stopped.