Match preview – New Zealand vs Australia, Australia New Zealand 2020/21, 2nd T20I

Overview

New Zealand will hope for more than its top three, but the midfield, led by Devon Conway, offers considerable depth

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Australia will have to recover quickly in the second match of the series played outside the park at the Hagley Oval. It looked good at first when they were looking for three goalkeepers in powerplay, but Devon Conway’s masterful 99 lifted New Zealand to a hefty sum and then asked for four goalkeepers within the constraints of the pitch.

The fact that this schedule, which marks Dunedin’s first T20I, is a daily game, will probably mean less fluctuations in the conditions as the game is played, although, if there is a chance for momentum, Tim Southee and Trent Boult are as good as everyone in finding it.

The Australians have refused to use their two weeks of successful isolation as any excuse for an introductory performance – they managed to train at a high level during that period – but will hope that a real match has allowed them to get into speed. The advantage of this series of five games is that there is a chance to return.

Jhie Richardson’s return to international cricket was promising and Mitchell Marsh looked in decent form with a bat, but other than that it was a slim selection from Christchurch. New Zealand will hope to knock out their top three, but the shape of their middle order – led by Conway – means they have the depth and confidence to rebuild.

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