The third and final ODI between New Zealand and Australia takes place at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Sunday. New Zealand won the first match and the second match was washed out. New Zealand can take the series with a win. Australia can level this series with a win. In fact, Australia need a win to keep the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy as well as to keep the ICC number one ODI ranking. The Aussies will find it hard to win, as they miss the batting stalwarts Steven Smith and David Warner. Also missing out is first choice wicket keeper Mathew Wade. The Kiwis will miss out Martin Guptill. Still, they look the better side in cricket betting calculations. However, Australia cannot be written off in crunch matches.
New Zealand – Preview
The hosts have their full strength team available if you discount Guptill’s absence. They have recalled leg spinner Ish Sodhi, perhaps because of the Seddon Park pitch, which can keep low and slow in the second innings. Left arm off spin of Mitchell Santner and perhaps the part time off spin of Kane Williamson too come into play if the pitch keeps low. Tom Latham will keep wickets as well as open the innings. Williamson, Ross Taylor and Colin Munro will be the other mainstays in batting. The team boasts of versatility and balance – something that would make you back them in cricket betting.
Preview – Australia
This is an entirely new-look batting order for Australia: Aaron Finch, Travis Head, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb (wk) and Sam Heazlett. All of them, apart from Finch, are unproven. They have some exceptional all-rounders too: Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner and, of course, Marcus Stoinis, who scored a cracking hundred and took three wickets in his debut in the first match of the series. The full-strength bowling is available, as Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins are fully fit.
As a team New Zealand look better. However, Australia are used to win in series or tournament deciders. It is hard to pin-point a winner for cricket betting. If you are in doubt, go by this maxim: When the going gets tough, the Aussies get going.
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