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Match Preview – New Zealand vs Australia, Australia in New Zealand 2020/21, 2nd T20I




New Zealand will hope for more from their top three but the middle order, led by Devon Conway, offers significant depth

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Australia will need to rebound quickly in the second match of the series having been played off the park at Hagley Oval. It looked good at the start when they claimed three wickets inside the powerplay, but Devon Conway’s masterful 99 lifted New Zealand to a hefty total and then they claimed four wickets inside the fielding restrictions.

The fact this fixture, which marks Dunedin’s first T20I, is a day game is likely to mean less of a fluctuation in conditions as the match plays out although if there is a chance of swing Tim Southee and Trent Boult are as good as anyone at finding it.

The Australians refused to use their two weeks of managed isolation as any excuse for the opening performance – they had been able to train to a high level in that period – but will hope that a proper match has allowed them to get into gear. The advantage of this being a five-game series is that there is a chance to bounce back.

Jhye Richardson’s return to international cricket was promising and Mitchell Marsh looked in decent form with the bat, but other than it was slim pickings from Christchurch. New Zealand will hope for a batter output from their top three, but the form of their middle order – led by Conway – means they have the depth and confidence to rebuild.

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