Crunching the numbers: we charge the Black Caps and Australia face to face

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Crunching the numbers: we rate the Black Caps and Australia head to head



When Kane Williamson and his New Zealand cricketers contact down in Perth on Saturday, it is going to be 34 years and three days because the group’s best achievement throughout the Tasman. Within the Western Australian metropolis on December 4, 1985, the Crowe brothers Martin and Jeff nudged New Zealand house of their chase for 164 and a six-wicket victory within the third check. The nice Sir Richard Hadlee’s 33 wickets arrange New Zealand’s superb 2-1 collection win, simply 12 years after Australia had deigned to ask them to play a check for the primary time. Since that 1985 tour it has been, to place it mildly, a wrestle. New Zealand took some fearsome hidings from nice Australian sides and received simply one in all their subsequent 22 exams there – on a charitable Hobart greentop in a 2011 thriller. READ MORE:* Cricket wants Black Caps to step up* Taylor chases check document in Perth* Australia again to their finest* ‘Issues going properly’ for Hadlee At present on a run of seven unbeaten check collection, and ranked No 2 on this planet, this New Zealand facet look as properly positioned as any to enhance that sickly document of three wins from 31 exams in Australia.ANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORTKane Williamson and his Black Caps are chasing a primary check collection win in Australia in 34 years. However what do the numbers inform us? We stack up the 2 groups forward of Thursday’s first check to see if New Zealand’s activity is as daunting as ever, in opposition to Australia recent from a Pakistan demolition. THE BATTING GUNS Australia: Steve Smith: 70 exams, 7013 runs at 63.75, 26×100, HS 239. World rating: 2 Towards NZ: 5 exams, 543 runs at 67.87, 2×100, HS 138ALEX DAVIDSON/GETTY IMAGESAustralia’s Steve Smith averages 90 in check cricket this 12 months. David Warner: 81 exams, 6947 runs at 48.58, 23×100, HS 335no. World rating: 5 Towards NZ: 7 exams, 784 runs at 71.27, 4×100, HS 253 New Zealand: Kane Williamson: 76 exams, 6322 runs at 52.68, 21×100, HS 242no. World rating: Three Towards Aust: 7 exams, 642 runs at 49.38, 2×100, HS 166 Ross Taylor: 96 exams, 7022 runs at 47.12, 19×100, HS 290. World rating: 16 Towards Aust: 9 exams, 847 runs at 49.82, 2×100, HS 290PHIL WALTER/GETTY IMAGESRoss Taylor returns to the town the place he scored 290 in opposition to Australia in 2015. Smith v Williamson is the headline act, each massively influential with bat in hand. Smith averages 90 and Williamson 76 in exams this 12 months, however batting depth on both facet shall be very important. For the primary time, New Zealand have six of their check top-seven averaging 40-plus (assuming Colin de Grandhomme is handed match), with opener Jeet Raval (32.29) the priority amid his run drought. Australia have 5 within the 40-plus bracket, with Matthew Wade (31.45) and captain Tim Paine (30.97) the odd ones out. On world rankings New Zealand have 5 the top-20: Williamson 3, Henry Nicholls 9, Tom Latham 11, BJ Watling 14 and Taylor 16. Australia have three: Smith at 2, Warner at 5 and Marnus Labuschagne at 8, the latter averaging 53.52 simply 14 months into his check profession, and this 12 months’s highest runscorer in exams with 829. Williamson and Taylor apart, the concern for New Zealand is the disparity between profession data and performances in opposition to Australia’s always-imposing tempo assault.ANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORTBJ Watling’s kind has been out of this world this 12 months however his document in opposition to Australia wants enchancment. ​Watling averages 40.67 in 65 exams however in seven in opposition to Australia it is 24.38 with a high rating of 58. Latham’s hole is analogous: a profession mark of 44.02 (47 exams) and in 5 in opposition to Australia an common of 29.9 and highest of 63. Nicholls debuted in opposition to Australia at house in 2016 and averaged 19 from 4 innings, earlier than constructing his profession mark to 43.42 from 29 matches. Verdict: With Warner again to his finest and Labuschagne bolstering the top-four it is Australia, simply, though numbers 5 to 7 current a possibility for the Kiwi bowlers. THE PACE BRIGADE Australia: Pat Cummins: 27 exams, 131 wickets at 22.10, 4x5wi. Towards NZ: 0. World rating: 1RUI VIEIRA/APAustralia’s Pat Cummins is comfortably the highest wicket-taker in check cricket in 2019. Josh Hazlewood: 50 exams, 194 wickets at 26.33, 7x5wi. Towards NZ: 5 exams, 22 wickets at 32.63. World rating: Eight Mitchell Starc: 54 exams, 229 wickets at 27.57, 12x5wi. Towards NZ: 5 exams, 17 wickets at 29.52. World rating: 14 New Zealand: Trent Boult: 64 exams, 255 wickets at 27.64, 8x5wi. Towards Aust: 6 exams, 22 wickets at 38.09. World rating: 11 Tim Southee: 69 exams, 258 wickets at 30.01, 8x5wi. Towards Aust: 11 exams, 25 wickets at 49.24. World rating: 13 Neil Wagner: 44 exams, 187 wickets at 26.98, 9x5wi. Towards Aust: 1 check, 7 wickets at 23.71. World rating: Four Alarm bells round Trent Boult’s painful muscle pressure close to his ribs places an asterisk beside this contest, and tilts it much more in Australia’s favour.ANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORTThe muscle harm round Trent Boult’s ribs may very well be an enormous issue within the Black Caps’ probabilities in Australia. In two pink ball exams Boult devoured up 16 wickets at 12.5, in opposition to Australia and England, whereas the hosts have their very own excellent pink ball exponent Mitchell Starc (33 wickets at 21.54). Boult’s absence would considerably dent New Zealand probabilities, and means both Matt Henry (2-292 in two exams in opposition to Australia) or uncapped fast Lockie Ferguson get the nod. Australia, in the meantime, have James Pattinson in reserve. The identical Pattinson who took 20 wickets at 17.70 in three exams in opposition to the Black Caps, unable to deal with his tempo and bounce. Pat Cummins hasn’t performed New Zealand in a check and has a world-leading 51 wickets this 12 months. England man of the collection Neil Wagner has the most effective strike charge among the many world’s top-10 wicket-takers of 2019, and in his solitary trans-Tasman check snared 6-106 in Christchurch. Verdict: Australia, clearly. THE GLOVEMEN Australia: Tim Paine: 28 exams, 1177 runs at 30.97, 0x100, HS 92, 120 catches, 5 stumpings (2.314 dismissals per innings)MARK KOLBE/GETTY IMAGESTim Paine and Mitchell Starc of Australia have a good time the wicket of Babar Azam within the demolition of Pakistan. New Zealand: BJ Watling: 57 exams, 3147 runs at 43.10, 7×100, HS 205, 214 catches, Eight stumpings (2.074 dismissals per innings) No check wicketkeeper has taken extra dismissals or scored extra runs than Watling this decade. He ranks 12th all-time on dismissals, and his runscoring and endurance went to a different degree to arrange check wins over Sri Lanka and England. Of these to take 100 check dismissals, Paine’s ratio of two.314 per innings is beneath solely South African duo AB de Villiers and Quinton de Kock. With the bat he isn’t fairly in Watling’s league. Verdict: New Zealand THE SPINNERS Australia: Nathan Lyon: 93 exams, 370 wickets at 32.36, 16x5wi. Towards NZ: 7 exams, 30 wickets at 22.70. New Zealand: Mitchell Santner: 20 exams, 38 wickets at 39.31, 0x5wi. Towards Aust: 1 check, 2 wickets at 31.PHIL WALTER/GETTY IMAGESMitchell Santner snared three fast England wickets at Mount Maunganui on the way in which to an innings victory. ​Santner’s maiden century at Mount Maunganui confirmed his all-round price and on that entrance he has Lyon coated. However on pure wicket-taking means and chance to spin their group to victory, it is a no contest. Offspinner Will Somerville, with expertise in Australia and with three left-handers within the house top-six, is an unfortunate omission whereas Todd Astle is in reserve however appears out of favour. Verdict: Australia THE SKIPPERS Australia: Paine: 16 exams, received 7, misplaced 6, drawn 3. Group rating: 5 New Zealand: Williamson: 28 exams, received 16, misplaced 6, drawn 6. Group rating: 2 The one method was up for Paine who took over amid the ball tampering saga when Smith and Warner have been banned. It seemed a bit uncomfortable when former captain Smith returned and took a outstanding function shifting the sphere about, however the skipper continues to insist all is rosy. With a prolific batting lineup, hungry tempo assault and matchwinning spinner it is a captain’s dream they usually have been a Lyon fumble from profitable the Ashes collection 3-1.ANDREW CORNAGA/PHOTOSPORTWith his trusty comrade alongside, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson raises his 21st check century in opposition to England. Williamson averages 60 as captain and scored his eighth century in cost in Hamilton. His management on and off the sphere was proven in a glowing mild on the World Cup and he is twice crushed England 1-0, however in that run of seven unbeaten collection they have not confronted their traditionally hardest foes Australia, India or South Africa. This tour stays the hardest for a visiting captain. Verdict: New Zealand, with the steely Williamson main from the entrance, however Paine has the higher cattle and very important house benefit. Remaining phrase: Fox Sports activities pundits Mark Waugh and Kerry O’Keeffe predicted 2-Zero Australia this week – the identical scoreline from 2015. Remarkably, some would say criminally, no present Black Caps have performed a check on the MCG or SCG, not to mention the brand new Optus Stadium in Perth. With their document throughout the Tasman, New Zealand are lengthy pictures to pinch the collection and it requires some absolute standout performances. They’ve performed powerful check cricket and will compete strongly and give their many followers trigger for optimism, however whether or not they can stick with Australia stays the query. No less than one victory wouldn’t shock, and Perth below lights in all probability presents the Black Caps’ finest probability if it swings and Boult is match, given how shut they received in Adelaide 4 years in the past.



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