New Zealand won toss, to bowl in 3rd T20 against Australia

New Zealand won toss, to bowl in 3rd T20 against Australia

New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl against Australia in the third Twenty20 international on Wednesday which will be played behind closed doors at the 35,000-seat Sky Stadium. Better not miss out this cricket match! Head into 12BET and grab the opportunity!

Due to new COVID-19 outbreaks in New Zealand, Wellington is currently at alert level 2, which holds restriction upon public gatherings to 100 people.

New Zealand are looking to wrap up the series as they  lead the five-match series 2-0 after winning the first match by 53 runs and the second by four runs. The fourth and fifth matches will also be played in Wellington on Friday and Sunday, respectively, after being moved from Auckland and Tauranga.

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Australia named Tasmania right-arm fast bowler Riley Meredith to make his T20 international debut, replacing Daniel Sams.

New Zealand made one enforced change by naming Mark Chapman in place of Mitchell Santner, who is in isolation after suffering head cold symptoms.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson mentioned that the team wanted to test the Australian batters on the Wellington stadium’s drop-in wicket.

“It looks a pretty good surface, I’m sure it’ll be similar throughout (the match) but we’ll try to make use of it with the ball first up,” he said.

Australian captain Aaron Finch said that the tourists were determined to turn around their fortunes.

“We weren’t at our best in the first two games but we improved so that’s all you can ask,” he said.

“We’re very confident we can still drag it back and get to 3-2.”

Paceman Riley Meredith, who just signed a US$1.1 million Indian Premier League contract recently, makes his international debut for Australia, replacing Daniel Sams.

Unusually for New Zealand, the Wellington match is being played behind closed doors because of a Covid-19 outbreak that has forced Auckland into lockdown.

“Obviously it’s a bit bizarre but that’s the way it is,” Williamson said.

“Just great that we’re able to be playing, we’re fortunate to have that.”

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