Australia will be determined to get back to winning ways after suffering a whitewash at the hands of South Africa in a five match series played in the rainbow nation.In one day cricket, Australia has been a unstoppable force after brushing aside many teams over the past years at home. The hosts will be looking to stamp their authority on the series against a weak New Zealand in the series opener at Sydney Cricket Ground on 4th December. New Zealand did suffer a series loss in the previous bilateral contest played in India against India.
The Chappell-Hadlee Trophy is surely going to enthrall cricketing audiences from both the countries as Trans-Tasman rivals have produced nerve-wracking memorable games in the past. Steven Smith will keen to prove a point in the series after suffering a lean run as a captain of the side over the past few months. Australian selection committee has quickly moved on from the blunders committed in the series against South Africa to include their premier bowlers Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood for the series against New Zealand. The squad also sees inclusion of new uncapped player Hilton Cartwright and the comeback for Glenn Maxwell and Patrick Cummins into the one day setup. The onus will be on the likes of David Warner, Steven Smith and George Bailey to do bulk of the scoring for the home side. Mitchell Marsh is also in the setup as he is an integral part of the Australian setup along with James Faulkner to bolster the resources with both bat and ball.
On the other hand, New Zealand side comes into this contest without the likes of Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Mitchell McClenaghan and Ish Sodhi. The Kiwis have added Todd Astle and Colin de Grandhomme for their splendid performances in the recently concluded test series against Pakistan. The batting side of things is still a worry for New Zealand as Kane Williamson has seen a dip in form over last few months while bowling has remained up to the mark in all the series this season.
The Kiwis will be underdogs going into the contest as they have only won six games out of twenty one played at Sydney Cricket Ground against Australia. The sides will look to see a change in fortunes after suffering a bad run in one day cricket. The cricketing world is all geared up to see who comes out on top in the Southern Hemisphere supremacy to take the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy this time around.