The Chappell Headley trophy has ended in a great fashion for New Zealand. The Kiwis have won the One Day series with tremendous win over the Australians in the third decider match. Now Captain Steve Smith is concerned about his test match performance in the first match at Basin. The pitch has been reviewed and tested by the Australian players. They have been practicing on the grassy green ground before the test match. It has been reported that 15 wickets have fallen down before the test match has even started.
New Zealand’s captain Brendon McCullum has been on the pith with his boys as well. After the retirement of McCullum from the ODI cricket, he is still the leader of the pack in the test match series against Australia.McCullum will do a great job in the test matches for the Kiwis because now he has no pressure of the ODI games.
The pitch is going to behave in favor of batsman or bowlers in going to be a surprise on Friday morning on 12th February. The teams will decide to bat or bowl depending on the pitch condition. So far the wicket has helped the bowlers too in the practice session. The wicket is supposed to play well for batting side as well. Amazingly the current Australian test team which is playing this first test match has no experience on this ground for playing a test match before.
The mighty Aussie team is a test match king team. Only because they have not been any test cricket on the Kiwi soil does not mean they will have a downside in the first match. On the other hand, the Kiwis have played a lot of test match cricket on this ground before, the captain McCullum himself has played more than a dozen test matches in Basin. Who can forget his innings against India for 302 runs in the test series?
The captain McCullum observed that there is a swing in the wicket as well. But that is only likely to happen early morning in the initial overs. As the ball gets old and wicket gets dry, it will become feasible for batting side. The New Zealand bowling line up is stronger than ever in 2016 for this test series. They do not lack the ability to play strokes as the team is packed with stroke makers like Guptil and McCullum himself.
Australian side is also a batting side, but still it will be interesting to see who wins the toss and what decision they make to start off the test match. The game is very much on. Smith is determined to reach the top of the table in the test ranking, therefore they will be ready to blast at the New Zealand players. The Smith said Kiwis is a very strong side.