New Zealand wins the draw and will go bowling
It’s been six long days, almost a whole week, since the Stoinis and Sams show in Dunedin turned a routine New Zealand win into a thriller. (New Zealand still won). The Australians on tour are 2-0 down with three to play, so you can probably do the math on needing to win today for a chance to win the series. For that to happen, some things will have to happen. Especially that the players chosen for their batting need to do some runs. Three wickets to a finish at Dunedin, an early collapse of 4-19 at Christchurch before that, and plenty of talk about Aaron Finch’s dwindling opportunities to find a score in this format and clear any doubts about him as team captain. for the T20 World Cup. later this year.
One variable in the equation, and something that could perhaps reduce New Zealand’s home advantage, is that the remaining three games will be played in Wellington. New Zealand’s minor virus outbreak means moving around the country is not recommended, so they will stay put. It also means that there will be no crowds in the remaining games, so it will affect the players on the field. Whether a quiet stadium will help the visiting team level up or make it more difficult to find the required intensity is entirely speculative. Reports from the first few games involved a lot of abuse that got carried over, so at least there won’t be more of that.
New Zealand will be forced to make a change, with the off-roader Mitchell Santner ruled out as a precaution due to some illness symptoms that have required a covid test, although he probably just has a cold. The only replacement options are Hamish Bennett, a closer with no hitting skills, or Mark Chapman, who throws left-arm spin like Santner, but in a much more than half-time capacity, while mostly a hitter.
Australia will probably have some changes. This was also a double header, as the New Zealand women’s team was beaten by England not long ago, and was eliminated for 96, which was easily pursued.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism