Hollywoodbets Sports Blog: Australia vs New Zealand: Third Test Preview

Australia vs New Zealand: Third Test Preview

David Warner drives through the off side for Australia's Test Team against South Africa at Hollywodbets Kingsmead.

Australia have clinched the series after dominant displays in the first two Tests but Tim Paine's team will be going all out to clinch a whitewash.

New Zealand came into the series upbeat after beating England at home but have been given plenty to think about by their hosts.

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Australia vs New Zealand | 3 January - 7 January 2020 | Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney

To Win Match
Australia 1/3
Draw 4/1
New Zealand 7/1

Australia
Marnus Labuschagne continues to have a dream summer and goes into the new year as Australia's second-highest ranked batsman behind Steve Smith. Australia have a strong top order with David Warner back in form while his partner up top, Joe Burns is making the most of another crack at Test cricket.

There was some suggestion that Australia might want to rest Nathan Lyon, but the spinner was having none of that especially given that the SCG is known as the country's most spin-friendly ground.

Michael Neser is in reserve if Australia decide to rest one of the frontline quicks that served them so well in the Boxing Day Test.

The match carries World Test Championship points and so shouldn't be considered a dead rubber for either side.

New Zealand
The injury to Trent Boult dealt a massive blow to the Black Caps hopes of getting something out of their trip across the Tasman. Matt Henry and Kyle Jamieson provide cover in the pace department, so the Black Caps selectors have opted for William Somerville as a replacement.

Somerville is in contention to replace Mitchell Santner, who has failed to find the same form as he achieved in the series against England. Leg-spinner Todd Astle is unlikely to feature in coach Gary Stead's thinking.

Skipper Kane Williamson finds himself in the worst batting trough of his career to date and his captaincy is also under the microscope. His struggles have been emblematic of the team as a whole who haven't seemed up to the challenge.

New Zealand haven't played at the SCG since 1985 and will play just their third Test at the iconic venue.

Verdict: Australia 1/3
Australia are on top and should do this at a canter.

Written by James Richardson for Hollywoodbets.

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