Australia tour of New Zealand: Full schedule squads match timings live streaming – all you need to know


In a highly anticipated cricket series, New Zealand is gearing up to host Australia for the first time in nine years, promising an electrifying showcase of the sport. The upcoming tour holds significant excitement as the trans-Tasman rivals both hold prestigious positions in the World Test Championship (WTC) points table, setting the stage for a contest of epic proportions. Australia, following a recent home Test loss, and New Zealand, riding high on a series triumph over South Africa, are poised for a riveting clash.

But before the classical rhythms of Test cricket take over, a thrilling three-match T20 series awaits, now part of the Chappell-Hadley trophy, an honor encompassing all white-ball confrontations between the neighboring countries. Despite some key players missing from the Black Caps lineup, including Daryl Mitchell and regular captain Kane Williamson, as well as Matt Henry and Tim Seifert among recent withdrawals, there remains a robust confidence within the New Zealand camp. The return of pace spearhead Trent Boult adds to their optimism, bolstered by a commanding T20 series win against Pakistan. The Australians, not to be underestimated, also arrive with momentum, having secured a 2-1 series victory against the West Indies.

The itinerary for this impending cricket showdown begins in Wellington, with the T20 series opener on February 21, followed by the second and third T20Is in Auckland on February 23 and 25, respectively. The Test segment commences with the first match scheduled from February 29 to March 4 in Wellington, before the action moves to Christchurch for the second Test from March 8 to 12.

T20Is

The New Zealand T20 squad will rely on the fresh energy and talent of players like Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Will Young, and Glenn Phillips, with Mitchell Santner taking on captaincy duties. The pace battery includes the likes of Lockie Ferguson, Ben Sears, Adam Milne, and the experienced Tim Southee, who has committed to the first game.

Australia’s contingent features the leadership of Mitchell Marsh and boasts a blend of experience and dynamic youth, including the likes of Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, David Warner, and the lethal bowling attack of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, and Mitchell Starc.

Tests

With Tim Southee at the helm, the New Zealand Test team presents a balanced composition of steady batsmen, in Tom Latham and Devon Conway, along with integral all-rounders like Mitchell Santner and the resurging Kane Williamson. Their bowling unit, spearheaded by Southee, also includes the fierce Neil Wagner and the consistently reliable Matt Henry.

The Australian Test squad, captained by Pat Cummins, demonstrates formidable depth with the likes of Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, and Steve Smith (vice-captain) poised to pad up. Their potent bowling arsenal, complemented by Nathan Lyon’s off-spin, promises a competitive edge in the longer format.

For fans in India keen to follow live action, the five matches of the Australia tour – encompassing both the T20Is and Test matches – will not be available for television broadcast. However, aficionados can stay connected with every run and wicket via live streaming, which will be accessible on the Amazon Prime Video app and website.

In conclusion, as these two cricket powerhouses take to the field, all eyes will be on how the Black Caps cope with their depleted ranks and how the Aussies manoeuvre their strategies in Kiwi conditions. Regardless of the results, cricket enthusiasts can expect a series brimming with intense rivalry, skilled athleticism, and memorable sporting moments.

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