Australia is scheduled to tour New Zealand in the month of February and March to play five-match T20I series. The five-match series will begin from 22nd February at Christchurch. New Zealand have announced their T20I squad for the five-match series. Devon Conway, Mark Chapman, Mitchell Santner and Kyle Jamieson have retained their place in the national side, while Kane Williamson will lead the side for the T20I series.
On the other hand, Australia have announced their squad for the five-match series. The visitors have decided to rest senior players like Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Steven Smith, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins for this five-match series.
For New Zealand, the side will be hoping that veteran opener Martin Guptill can fully recover from hamstring injury. Uncapped player Finn Allen has been as a standby for Martin Guptill in case if he fails to recover in time the for the opening two matches..
In the batting department, the onus will be on the top-order trio of Tim Seifert, Kane Williamson and Glenn Phillips to do the bulk of the scoring.
Wicket-keeper Tim Seifert has done a splendid job for New Zealand at the top of the innings. Since Feb 2017, Seifert has accumulated 668 runs in 30 T20I matches at an average of 27.83 with five half-centuries to his name.
Besides Seifert, the likes of Kane Williamson, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill and Glenn Phillips have delivered match-winning contributions for New Zealand in the T20 format.
In the bowling department, pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult will need to provide breakthroughs in this series. Since Feb 2017, Southee has been leading wicket-taker for New Zealand in the T20 format. The right-arm quick has claimed 41 wickets in 37 T20Is at an average of 26.24 with an economy rate of 8.21.
On the other hand, Aaron Finch will be looking to make amends after losing their previous series against India. The side has lost their four matches out of six played since September 2020.
In the batting department, the onus will be on the experienced players like Aaron Finch, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis to produce notable scores for Australia in this T20I series.
Since Feb 2018, Skipper Aaron Finch has been leading run-scorer for the side in the T20 format. In 32 matches, Finch has accumulated 997 runs at an average of 36.92 with one century and five half-centuries to his name.
Besides Finch, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been a match-winner for Australia in the 20-over format. In 26 matches, Maxwell has scored 666 runs at an average of 31.71 with one century and five centuries.
In the bowling department, the side will be relying on the likes of Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson and Jason Behrendroff to pick wickets with the new-ball. Uncapped spinner Tanveer Sangha has been included in the T20I squad for the five-match series.
New Zealand vs Australia 2021 Schedule
1st T20I –New Zealand vs Australia
Monday, February 22, 2021, at 06:00 GMT
2nd T20I – New Zealand vs Australia
Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 01:00 GMT
3rd T20I –New Zealand vs Australia
Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 06:00 GMT
4th T20I – New Zealand vs Australia
Friday, March 5, 2021, at 06:00 GMT
5th T20I– New Zealand vs Australia
Sunday, March 7 , 2021, at 03:00 GMT