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Aussies lock in XI for first NZ Test as Cummins mulls big toss call

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28th February, 2024
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Australia captain Pat Cummins is keeping faith with the Test side that lost their last outing with West Indies.

On the eve of the first Test with New Zealand, Cummins said the same XI that suffered the shock loss at the Gabba would take to the field at Wellington’s Basin Reserve.

“No surprises and it’s always nice to have a full contingent to pick from,” Cummins said.

Both sides weren’t able to train on the pitch on Wednesday as rain settled in on the Kiwi capital.

While pitches in New Zealand are commonly more grassy than at other Test-playing nations, the Basin was sporting an especially green-topped wicket on last glimpse on Tuesday.

Cummins said, should he win the toss, bowling was “a live option”.

“Coming from Australia, it’s rare to turn on TV and see a green wicket … but over here, it’s pretty normal.

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“I don’t think it’s as scary as perhaps what it looks. Seems like there’s been plenty of first inning scores that have been big.”

Australia’s XI to face New Zealand

Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood.

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