Australia strengthened themselves in the longer format since the return of Steve Smith and David Warner. The Aussies are fresh of a dominating performance against Pakistan at home. Warner nearly scored 500 runs in two innings during the 2-match home series against Pakistan team that concluded last week. They will now be hosting New Zealand in a 3-match Test series. The first game scheduled to be played in Perth will be a day/night Test. The Blackcaps have been quite consistent in this format over the last couple of years.
All the key stats and numbers ahead of the 3-match Test series between Australia and New Zealand:
1 – The 7-run win during the 2011 Test series in Hobart is the only Test victory for New Zealand against Australia over the last 25 years. Across the last 28 Test meetings between the Aussies and New Zealand, the Australian team came victorious in 20 Tests while seven other games ended in a draw.
6 – Australia has won each and every day/night Test match they have played till date – 4 in Adelaide and 2 in Brisbane. New Zealand, on the other hand, won one and lost one in the day/night Test appearances.
7 – New Zealand have not lost any of their last seven series in Test cricket; their joint-longest streak in this format without a series defeat. Last time the Blackcaps lost a Test series was in 2017 against South Africa at home.
50.68 – Tim Southee has a Test bowling average of 50.68 in Test cricket; his worst in this format in any country. He claimed as few as 16 wickets across 7 Tests he played in Australia. His overall Test average against the Aussies is 49.24 having picked just 25 wickets from 11 matches. Trent Boult also averages a high 38.09 with the ball in Test cricket against Australia.
71.27 – David Warner has a batting average of 71.27 in Test cricket against New Zealand; his 2nd best against any side. Across 13 Test innings against Blackcaps, Warner converted all his fifties into hundreds and amassed 784 runs. At home, Warner scored 745 runs at an average of 93.12 as he scored only 39 runs in three innings on New Zealand soil.
91 – Pat Cummins has picked up 91 wickets in International cricket this year. These are the most number of International wickets by an Australian in a calendar year since Mitchell Johnson’s 113 wickets in 2009. In fact, Cummins’ 91 wickets are also the most by a pacer in a calendar year since the start of 2009.
194 – Number of wickets Josh Hazlewood has picked up in his 50-match Test career. He needs six more wickets to become only the 18th player to claim 200 Test wickets for the Aussies.
6947 – Runs David Warner aggregated in his 81-match Test career thus far. Warner is 53 runs away from becoming the 12th player to amass 7000 runs in Test cricket for Australia.
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