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First Innings: Australia
Australia are 283 for 3
|1/48 (21.0)||*Wagner||O: 90.0||Labuschagne*||130 (210)|
|0/68 (21.0)||Henry||RR:2.70||Wade||22 (30)|
|c. Taylor b. de Grandhomme||83.1|
|c. de Grandhomme b. Wagner||27.3|
|c. Taylor b. de Grandhomme||14.1|
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|First Innings: Australia||3/283||RR: 2.70||O: 90.0|
c. de Grandhomme b. Wagner
c. Taylor b. de Grandhomme
c. Taylor b. de Grandhomme
(b 0, lb 3, w 1, nb 1)
|C. de Grandhomme||18.0||1||63||2||3.50|
Australia and New Zealand meet in the final Test of a three-match series at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 10:30am (AEDT).
The now traditional pink Test is upon us again and New Zealand will play their role in it for the first time. With the memory of Jane McGrath still vivid for cricket fans across Australia, her husband Glenn’s continued efforts to raise money to fund breast care nurses will continue against a wonderfully pink backdrop over the next five days.
Thus far the series has been an Australian domination, with wins in Perth and Melbourne by convincing margins despite the odd moment of hope for the visitors. Frankly, the Australians have been far better with the bat and elite with the ball. The Kiwis have crumbled under the triangular attack of the Australian quicks and their best men with the willow have offered little.
Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor have provided no backbone and Mitchell Starc, James Pattinson and Pat Cummins have destroyed the batting line-up each and every time they have faced it. New Zealand will be hoping that the Sydney pitch will be a little lower and slower than the surfaces they have faced earlier in the series – that could potentially offer them a greater chance against what is arguably the best bowling attack in the world.
The predicted extra spin and slower bounce will no doubt bring changes to the Kiwi XI, with Mitchell Santner likely to make way for other spin options. The possible selection of Mitchell Swepson could be a watershed moment for Australian cricket, yet we may have to wait until moments before the toss before discovering the official Australian line-up.
Tipping against a confident and rampant Australian team would be silly after their performances in Perth and Melbourne. Even though New Zealand pride will no doubt be on the line, the Aussies should wrap up the final Test of the series within four days.
Catch all the action on The Roar live coverage from 10:30am (AEDT).
Where: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
First ball: 10:30am (AEDT)
TV: Fox Cricket, Seven Network
Online: Kayo Sports, Foxtel
Betting: Australia $1.33, New Zealand $9.50, draw $4.50