The 1st Test of the three-match series between Australia and New Zealand will be played at the Perth Stadium in Perth.
The match starts at 01:00 PM local time (05:00 AM GMT) (10:30 AM IST). This match can be watched live on Sony Six and Sony Six HD. Live streaming will be available on Sony LIV.
Preview for Dream11 Fantasy
The Trans-Tasmanian rivalry will kick off with a day-night Test match in Perth. Only the longest form of the game will be played in this leg of the tour. Australia, very recently, crushed Pakistan in a two-match Test series. They registered innings victories in both those games and look a lethal side at the moment. However, despite this dominative performance, it isn’t an understatement to say that Pakistan wasn’t competitive enough with its rookie side.
But on this occasion, a tougher opponent is set to challenge the Kangaroos. Just a few days ago, the Kiwis bagged the two-match series against England. Playing in run-scoring paradises, the team did well to register an innings victory in the first game. But, they will have to be wary of the fact that they will be playing in drastically different conditions on this tour. It will test the quality of New Zealand as a touring team and they will look to adapt to these conditions quickly.
It will be extremely hot on all the five days of this Test match in Perth. Temperatures will touch nearly 40C during the afternoons and that will definitely Test the players. A lot of drink breaks are expected during this game.
A drop-in pitch will be used for this encounter and hence the nature of this track will be tough to predict. But typically as it will be in Perth, it is expected to be a bouncy track. The bowlers should enjoy playing here.
Injury and Availability News:
Ross Taylor was hit on the right thumb while training. But he is fit and available for selection.
Colin de Grandhomme has also recovered from his injury and is available for selection.
Trent Boult will be monitored at training before taking the final decision.
Probable Playing XIs:
Joe Burns, David Warner, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Travis Head, Tim Paine (c & wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.
Bench: James Pattinson, Michael Neser.
Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wk), Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Neil Wagner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult/Lockie Ferguson
Bench: Mitchell Santner/Neil Wagner, Todd Astle, Tom Blundell, Matt Henry.
You can’t ignore the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson while picking your Dream11 Fantasy team. Marnus Labuschagne is in good form as well. Amongst the bowlers, Trent Boult, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins are your top picks.
Captain and Vice-Captain Selection:
Captain Options – David Warner, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade
Vice-Captain Options – Kane Williamson, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Starc
Suggested Playing XI No.1 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – BJ Watling
Batters – Steve Smith (C), David Warner, Kane Williamson (VC), Jeet Raval
All-Rounders – Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head
Bowlers – Mitchell Starc, Tim Southee, Pat Cummins, Neil Wagner
Suggested Playing XI No.2 for Fantasy Cricket:
Keeper – Tim Paine
Batters – Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor (C)
All-Rounders – Marnus Labuschagne (VC), Colin de Grandhomme
Bowlers – Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Josh Hazlewood
Credits will be a massive issue while selecting the Dream11 Fantasy teams for this game. Since most of you would want to pick the troika of Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and David Warner, you’d be limited for options. Rather, you can look to make a gusty call by leaving out one of these players and being more dynamic with your team.
Australia is expected to win this game.
*Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.
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