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New Zealand vs Australia 1st T20 Predictions & Tips - New-look Aussies to win opener

  • New Zealand vs Australia predictions for Monday's 1st T20.
  • The match is being played at Hagley Oval in Christchurch (6.00am GMT).
  • Australia have won 7 of the 9 T20s against New Zealand.
  • I'm tipping Australia's dominance in the short format to continue.
  • Match preview, predictions and latest team news.
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Gary Emmerson 20 Feb 2021
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New Zealand vs Australia 1st T20 Predictions


New Zealand and Australia begin their World T20 preparations with a five-match series, starting at Hagley Oval in Christchurch on Monday.

Australia are without some big guns, who were scheduled to be in South Africa for a test series. But the squad is still laden with talent. The tourists are tipped to win big with Josh Philippe set for runs on debut.

  • New Zealand have won 4 of their last 5 T20Is.
  • New Zealand's Kane Williamson averages 44.00 in his last ten T20Is.
  • Australia have won 7 of the 9 T20s played against New Zealand.
  • Australia's Josh Philippe averaged 31.75 in BBL10.

Head to Head


New Zealand and Australia have met nine times in T20 internationals. The planned three-match series last March was cancelled following the coronavirus pandemic.

Australia hold a dominant 7-1 head to head record with one tied match. New Zealand's only win came at the World T20 in 2016. The most recent clash was a 19-run win for Australia in Auckland in 2018.

New Zealand haven't beaten Australia in any format for four years since winning an ODI at the start of 2017.

New Zealand Form


New Zealand won both of their T20 series played this year against the West Indies and Pakistan and have a squad of players fresh from playing in the Super Smash.

The Black Caps recorded a 2-0 win over the touring West Indies with one game washed out. They sealed the series against Pakistan with wins in the opening two games before losing the dead rubber for a 2-1 victory.

It was a welcome return to form in the format having lost 5-0 when hosting India in a five-match series 12 months ago.

Since beating Pakistan in the T20 series, New Zealand won a test series 2-0 against the same opposition.

New Zealand Team News


New Zealand will make a late decision on the fitness of opener Martin Guptill, who has a hamstring injury.

Finn Allen is in the squad as cover and will bat at the top of the order if Guptill is ruled out.

Devon Conway and Kane Williamson are coming off impressive seasons in the Super Smash. Tim Seifert and Tim Southee starred in the most recent T20 series win over Pakistan.

Australia Form


Australia last played T20 internationals in December when losing 2-1 at home to India in December. It was a series that preceded the memorable test victory for India.

Having won an ODI series 2-1, Australia lost the opening two T20s to hand India the series. They restored pride by winning the third game. 

Australia had also lost 2-1 to England in their previous T20 series, against starting slowly with defeats in the opening two matches before winning the 3rd T20.

Australia Team News


Australia are missing some of their T20 regulars, who were due to tour South Africa for a test series.

The squad includes debutants Riley Meredith, Josh Phillipe and Tanveer Sangha following excellent Big Bash seasons.

Jhye Richardson, Ben McDermott and Daniel Sams also impressed during BBL10 and are back in the fold.

Steve Smith, David Warner, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Moises Henriques, Sean Abbott, Alex Carey and Mitchell Swepson are missing having been schedule to be in South Africa.

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Verdict

Australia have had the wood over New Zealand in the short format. With places in the World T20 squad at stake, I'm expecting big things from this squad of Big Bash League performers in the absence of some big names.
 
Kane Williamson and Josh Philippe are value to top score for their respective sides.

Best Bet: Australia Win Match Result @-125.00 at BetMGM - 3 Units
Top NZ Batsman: Kane Williamson Top New Zealand Batsman @275.00 at bet365 Sport NJ - 1 Unit
Top Aus Batsman: Josh Philippe Top Australia Batsman @333.00 at Borgata Sports - 1 Unit

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