- Australia will host New Zealand in a three-match ODI series
- All three matches will be played in Cairns
- Kane Williamson is back to lead New Zealand
Just two days after completing their three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe in Townsville, Australia will begin their latest assignment in the 50-over format when the Aaron Finch-led side take on arch-rivals New Zealand. The latest edition of the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy will be a three-match affair.
This will be the first time the two sides face each other in the 50-over format since a three-match series was called off after just one match in March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic shook the world. Infact, the series opener between the two sides on March 13,2020 at the Sydney Cricket Ground was the last international cricket match for almost four months as the entire world went into lockdown.
While Australia are coming into the series on the back of a series win against minnows Zimbabwe, they lost the third and final match of the series on Tuesday in what is described as one of the biggest upsets of the 21st century in ODI cricket. New Zealand scripted a historic ODI series win on West Indies soil last month.
All three matches of the series will be played at the Cazalys Cricket Stadium in Cairns. The venue is hosting international cricket after 19 years and ODI cricket for the first time. Two test matches in 2003 and 2004 respectively had taken place here.
T Lathman, D Warner, D Conway, K Williamson, S Smith, G Maxwell, M Bracewell, J Hazlewood, M Starc, T Southee, T Boult
Australia predicted 11
New Zealand predicted 11
Martin Guptill, Finn Allen, Kane Williamson (C), Devon Conway, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell.
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Marnus Labuschagne, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa
New Zealand: Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (wk), Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ben Sears, Tim Southee, Kane Williamson (c)