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New Zealand vs Australia Second Test Tips - Milestone match for Williamson and Southee

Siddhu
06 Mar 2024
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Siddhu Bharadwaj 06 Mar 2024
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  • New Zealand vs Australia Second Test predictions to be played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch from Friday, March 8
  • New Zealand have lost 10 of their last 11 home Tests against Australia
  • Australia have won their last 7 Tests against New Zealand, home and away
New Zealand vs Australia Second Test
Is there another Australian win on the cards? (Getty Images)

New Zealand vs Australia Second Test


The disappointment of the first Test, where they were 'so close yet so far’, New Zealand will look to level the series when they host Australia in the second and final Test. This match will be played on Friday at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch, with action set to start early in the morning IST time.
  • New Zealand vs Australia Second Test
  • Head to Head
  • New Zealand Form
  • New Zealand Team News
  • Australia Form
  • Australia Team News

The hosts had their moments in the first Test and could have wrapped things up. Yet, Australia showed just why they are the World Champions, bouncing back and then strangling the hosts. This mindset could once again be their ally as Australia seeks another whitewash against their Trans-Tasman neighbours. I am backing the visitors to win here.

  • New Zealand have lost 10 of their last 11 home matches against Australia (Tests)
  • Australia have won 5 of their last 6 matches (Tests)
  • Australia have won their last 7 matches against New Zealand (Tests)
  • Daryl Mitchell has scored at least 50 in 4 of his last 7 innings at this venue (Tests)

Head to Head


There have been a total of 61 Tests so far between New Zealand and Australia. Of these, eight were won by the Kiwis, while 35 were won by the Kangaroos. The remaining 18 ended in a draw.

Australia have won the first Test in Wellington by 172 runs, making it their seventh win in a row against their neighbours. The last time New Zealand won a Test against Australia was back in Hobart in December 2011.

New Zealand Form


New Zealand looked to be in control of the match when they restricted Australia to 267 for 9 on the first day of the first Test. Things went downhill from there, as they allowed Australia to post 383.

Glenn Phillips and Matt Henry contributed cameos with the bat, as they recovered from 29 for 5 to post 179. Yet, a first-inning lead of 204 put their hopes on the back burner. New Zealand did manage to tumble Australia in the second innings to 164, but a target of 369 was always steep for them.

There were hopes when New Zealand were 126 for 3 at one stage, but that wasn’t to be. All eyes will be on Tim Southee and Kane Williamson, with the star duo playing their 100th Test match.

New Zealand Team News


William O’Rourke, who debuted in the first Test, is injured, and the Kiwis called up another rookie bowler, Ben Sears, into the side. There will be a temptation to look at Mitch Santner as an option after he was benched in the first match.

Australia Form


Australia found ways to claw their way back into the game after being put on the mat by the Kiwis in the first match. Cameron Green’s 174 not out in the first inning proved to be the difference, as he added 116 runs for the final wicket with Josh Hazlewood.

The bowlers did their bit too, especially Nathan Lyon on a pitch that turned quite a bit. The off-spinner took ten wickets in the match, including a six-fer in the second. Josh Hazlewood contributed with two wickets in each inning.

The visitors still have questions to answer, especially with Marnus Labuschagne and Alex Carey with the bat.

Australia Team News


Australia are unlikely to tinker with their playing XI unless they give a chance to Matt Renshaw in place of Labuschagne.

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What time does New Zealand vs Australia Second Test start?

This New Zealand vs Australia Second Test will be played at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch from Friday, March 8, starting at 3:30am IST.

Verdict

Although there’s enough evidence from the first match that the hosts could trouble the World Champions, the visitors look miles ahead in terms of quality. I am backing the Australian side to continue their tight grip over New Zealand with a win.

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