Fixture: Australia vs New Zealand
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Umpires: Richard Illingworth, Marias Erasmus, S. Ravi (Third Umpire) and Johan Cloete (Fourth Umpire)
Match Referee: Chris Broad
The Australians made a strong start to their campaign with a 111 run win against England. Unfortunately, their second game against Bangladesh ended in a washout. The game against New Zealand will be a challenging one, looking at the form of the kiwis. Aaron Finch was outstanding in the game against England with a fine century while George Bailey and Glenn Maxwell too are in great touch. In the bowling department, all-rounder Mitchell Marsh seems to have gained more confidence after his five-wicket haul. Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson have managed to get early breakthroughs and have bowled with great discipline.
David Warner, Aaron Finch, Shane Watson, Steven Smith, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Brad Haddin (wk), Mitchell Johnson, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood.
With 3 wins from 3 matches, New Zealand are sitting pretty at the top of the pool A table. They have put up a brilliant all-round performamce so far which certainly makes them the team to beat. Led by Brendon McCullum, the Kiwis have been at the top of their game since the start of 2014. The batting order looks in good shape with runs coming off from most of the batsmen. The bowlers, Tim Southee in particular, have been in great form. Southee’s 7-wicket haul against England is adequate proof of his form. He is well supported by fellow pacers Trent Boult, Adam Milne and Corey Anderson. The legendary Daniel Vettori is back in the fold and will play an important role in applying brakes to the Australian innings.
Brendon McCullum (c), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Daniel Vettori, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Trent Boult.
Both Australia and New Zealand have been in great form over the past one year and it will be an exciting contest between the bat and the ball. Australia will go into the game as favourites, owing to their better track record against the Kiwis.
Australia vs New Zealand: Previous World Cup Meeting
2011, Nagpur: Australia won by 7 wickets