The Australian summer of cricket gets underway this morning when Australia square off against trans-Tasman rivals New Zealand at the GABBA for the first of a two-test series. We’ll have live scores and commentary of the action throughout the day, with pre-match starting from 10.30am AEDT.
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If Australian cricket had ever experienced a period of upheaval over the past 25 years, it is now, with a foreign coach, new captain and a raft of debutants coming in for their first taste of Test cricket.
Admittedly the results under Michael Clarke in Sri Lanka and South Africa have been surprisingly solid, but even the teams from those series has changed drastically.
David Warner has – for now – shed the ‘Twenty20 specialist’ tag and will open with fellow left-hander Phil Hughes, Victorian quick James Pattinson will lead the attack with Peter Siddle and either Mitchell Starc or Ben Cutting will also debut.
Fortunately for the Australians their opponent for the whirlwind two-Test series is hardly poised to capitalise on the home side’s inexperience, not being in stellar form themselves.
The Black Caps come in with a ICC Test ranking of eight, superior to only Zimbabwe, and the similiarly young outfit has managed only four wins in their past 28 Tests.
Their form in Australia doesn’t exactly make for great reading either, having won one series in the past 20 years, but they will fancy their chances against an Australian top order who could be vulnerable.
The forecast in Brisbane for showers to develop later on in the day, and if play is greeted with overcast conditions it could be an interesting opening session on a wicket known to give something for the seamers early.
The first day of this Test really could go either way and if either side manages to seize the initiative today their opponent may have a hard time getting it back.
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