New Zealand vs Australia Match Prediction, 1st Test Match: Team Preview, Pitch Report, and Playing 11

Read all the player stats, playing 11, pitch report, and matchups of New Zealand vs Australia 1st Test Match and create your best Dream 11 team.

New Zealand vs Australia 1st Test Match: New Zealand will once again go up against the Mighty Australian team, who clean sweep them in the T20I series by 3-0, but in test format, they have better results than the defending World Test Champions.

The New Zealand team is at the top of the table in the WTC Table with a 75% winning rate in the last four matches that they played against Bangladesh and South Africa, and the surprising thing is that they lost their first WTC match against Bangladesh by 150 runs at their own home ground. The good news for the New Zealand side is that their main legend player, Kane Williamson, is in form as he scored 403 runs in two matches against South Africa.

Australia is third in the WTC table with a 55% win percentage after playing 10 test matches in which they lost three and won 6 matches, but the last loss against West Indies might hurt them to find their place in the tournament’s final later in the year. However, they must be in great condition because they swept New Zealand in the T20I series by 3-0, which is going to give them great confidence.

When and Where To Watch New Zealand vs Australia Match Prediction, 1st Test Match

MatchNew Zealand vs Australia Match Prediction, 1st Test Match
Date & TimeFebruary 29th, 2024, 3:30 AM IST
VenueBasin Reserve, Wellington
Where to WatchAmazon Prime Video

Player Injury Report For New Zealand vs Australia Match Prediction, 1st Test Match

There is no injury news from both teams.

New Zealand vs Australia Head-to-Head 1st Test Record

Match Played60
Australia Won34
New Zealand Won8
Draw/NR18/0

Weather Conditions For New Zealand vs Australia Match Prediction, 1st Test Match

The weather conditions will be overcast, and there will be very windy conditions.

Pitch Report of Basin Reserve, Wellington, In New Zealand vs Australia Match Prediction, 1st Test Match

Match Played68 Matches
Batting first won14 Matches won
Batting second won29 Matches won
Average 1st innings scores313 Runs
Average 2nd innings scores313
Average 3rd innings scores252
Average 4th innings scores141
Highest Team innings total680/8 by Aus
Lowest Team innings total42/10 by NZ

Basin Reserve, Wellington pitch has been amazing for pacers as they get swing all five days, and the average 1st innings score is just 313, but it was used to be a high-scoring ground in 2014, which later suspended for 11 years due to very windy conditions and not a great pitch. However, it was rebuilt again, and now it hosts international matches. It is a mostly lush green pitch that helps the pacer keep getting assistance from the surface to seam and swing the ball.

Team Preview Of Australia

Australia needs to win both test matches against New Zealand to have another chance to be in the final of WTC later this year because they are the team that played the most matches. Michael Neser is once again recalled in the team after a long time, and Steven Smith is expected to open the innings alongside Usman Khawaja.

Important players for the Australia Team in the match against New Zealand

1- Steven Smith will be sticking with his new role as an opener in the test match against New Zealand, against whom he has an amazing average of 58.23 in eight matches. He is one of the greatest Test batters in the world right now.

2- Mitchell Starc will be crucial for the Australian team on a Wellington pitch that favors pacers. He took 32 wickets in 8 matches against New Zealand, which is an amazing wicket-taking performance.

3- Marnus Labuschagne is one of the underperforming players since last year, but he was the player of the series last time when they played against New Zealand, scoring 549 runs in three matches with an average of 91.50 and took two wickets in that series. Many will ignore him due to his recent form, but he will be crucial for the Australian team.

Team Preview New Zealand

New Zealand needs to back themselves after losing the T20I series against Australia, but in the recent test series against South Africa, they won both of them quite comfortably under Kane Williamson’s amazing batting display.

Important players for the New Zealand Team in the match against the Australian team

1- Kane Williamson will be the main batter for the team. He will be in good confidence after scoring 403 runs in four innings against South Africa. He scored three centuries in two test matches to become the fastest player to reach 32 test centuries in the least number of games (98).

2- Tim Southee will lead the side once again for the Kiwis, and he is the highest active wicket-taker on the pitch with 59 wickets in just 16 matches against Australia; he took 37 wickets in 13 matches, making him one of the best picks for the fantasy captain.

3- Rachin Ravindra is one of the world’s youngest top talents and an emerging player in the World Cup. He also scored a double century against South Africa, and in five matches, he has already scored 374 runs with 9 wickets to give his team more support as an all-rounder.

Dream 11 Fantasy Picks For New Zealand vs Australia 1st Test Match

Wicket-keeper: Tom Blundell

Batters: Mitchell Marsh/Marnus Labuschagne, Travis Head, Kane Williamson

All-Rounder: Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Cameron Green

Bowler: Hazelwood, Pat Cummins, Tim Southee, Mitchell Starc

Captaincy and Vice-Captaincy Picks- Rachin Ravindra, Steven Smith

New Zealand vs Australia, 1st Test Match Match Prediction

It is going to be 50-50 between the two sides, but in terms of form and players, Australia will have the upper hand, but just slightly.

New Zealand vs Australia, 1st Test Match: Probable Playing 11 of Australia

Steven Smith, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell Marsh, Travis Head, Cameron Green, Pat Cummins, Michael Neser, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazelwood

New Zealand vs Australia, 1st Test: Probable Playing 11 of New Zealand

Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell, Mitchell Santner, Scott Kuggelejin, Tim Southee (c), Mitchell Santner, William O’Rourke

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