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Australia to take first honours

Twenty20 RSS / Andy Morris / 26 February 2010 / Leave a comment Bet Now View Market

It will not be a problem for Australia that they were in action just three days ago in Sydney against the West Indies. The eight-wicket win makes sure they are in the best of spirits.

Australia start their tour of New Zealand with a match that takes Twenty20 all the way back to the beginning, believes Andy Morris.


It was at Eden Park on 17 February 2005 that the very first Twenty20 international was played between Australia and New Zealand, and the wise money is on this one being a repeat.


Australia got home then, just as they have in the two subsequent meetings in the shortest form of the game, and they arrive in New Zealand full of confidence after a terrific unbeaten summer at home.


In contrast, the schedulers did New Zealand no favours at all by leaving them inactive for a crucial period over Christmas and up until the recent non-event against Bangladesh.


This means that as Michael Clarke's team faces the first of two T20s in Wellington, they are on a roll, while the Black Caps are looking to get their summer restarted again.


It will not be a problem for Australia that they were in action just three days ago in Sydney against the West Indies. The eight-wicket win makes sure they are in the best of spirits.


They face a New Zealand team in something of a state of flux, trying to find new players who are good enough to stick around on the international scene whilst bringing back a couple of old-stagers in the form of Shane Bond and Scott Styris.


Styris' days as an international player looked to have been ended when he was sent to the long grass within the last year, but good domestic form has earned him a recall.


In truth, there are four players that Australia must respect, and the rest are very much also-rans. Daniel Vettori is a world-class cricketer, adept with both bat and ball and an inspirational leader. Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum are quick scorers and can take apart any international attack on their day - indeed, McCullum has compiled more T20 runs than any other player in the world, while Bond still has pace and accuracy and is well rested after retiring from the test arena.


New Zealand have played more Twenty20 internationals than any other country, 31 in total, but have only won 13 of them.


Australia may bring back Dirk Nannes to form an opening combination with Shaun Tait, while Daniel Christian may hold onto his place in the side.


I'd give New Zealand a decent chance of winning the second Twenty20, but I reckon they will need this game to warm back up to international competition after being so long stuck playing domestic cricket.


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