Australia vs New Zealand 1st ODI Preview – Betting Tips, Latest Odds, Team News and Predictions – 13/03/2020
Australia take on New Zealand at the SCG looking to hit back quickly following a disappointing one-day series in South Africa.
Taking an early lead in this three-game series will be vital and the home side will be determined to hit the ground running back in front of their own fans.
In New Zealand they face a formidable, well-drilled side that head over on the back of a confidence-boosting success against India. They will be determined to show they can perform in Australian conditions following their disappointing Test series here at the end of 2019.
Australia vs New Zealand 1st ODI – Match Preview
Where: Sydney Cricket Ground, Sydney
When: Friday 13th March
Start Time: 09:00 (IST), 03:30 (GMT)
Pitch conditions: The pitch at the SCG has traditionally been known as a spin-friendly surface. Nine out of the top 10 wicket-takers at the ground are spinners. However, it does also offer plenty for batsmen early in the innings.
Weather conditions: The weather is set to be hot and sunny at the SCG. There is no chance of rain and temperatures will sit around the 25c point.
Australia vs New Zealand 1st ODI – Latest Odds
Australia are made favourites to return to winning ways in the one-day format. They can be backed at 1.57 (4/7) with bet365 to take an early series lead.
New Zealand are considered 2.38 (11/8) chances with the same bookmakers to win the first clash.
Australia vs New Zealand 1st ODI – Team News
Right-arm pace bowler Rhye Richardson is the only absence for the home side. He is the only change from the squad that suffered defeat in South Africa.
They will be led by Aaron Finch once more and the likes of batsman David Warner and bowler Pat Cummins are likely to relish being back performing on home soil.
For New Zealand, they have been able to include Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry and Trent Boult in their 15-man squad.
Seamer Kyle Jamieson has also been retained after an impressive start to his international career.
Australia vs New Zealand ODI Squads
|Aaron Finch (c)
||Kane Williamson (c)
||Colin de Grandhomme
Australia vs New Zealand 1st ODI – Betting Tips and Prediction
It is hard to look beyond the home side now they are back in familiar territory. They will have been hurt by the one-day whitewash against the Proteas and a reaction is expected.
World cup finalists New Zealand lost to Australia the last time these sides met and perhaps also have a point to prove now back on their travels.
Here we highlight some of the best bets on offer for the first game of the series.
We have predictions, free cricket tips and the latest odds to help guide betting decisions on the match.
Labuschagne to take fight to the Black Caps
Marnus Labuschagne grabbed his place in the national side last year and hasn’t looked back. He continued that form into the Australian summer and will relish a return to the SCG.
While Australia suffered a whitewash defeat in the ODI series in South Africa, Labuschagne nearly helped them avoid that with a sterling century in the final clash. His run-a-ball 108 wasn’t enough in the end but that bodes well for this series.
His price of 6.00 (5/1) with bet365 to be Australia’s top batsman also looks far too big.
Given his ability to offer some part-time spin, it may also be worth looking at the player of the match market. He is priced at 17.00 (16/1) to bag that honour.
Smith to get over 39.5 points in player performance market
Another player who did okay in South Africa without really kicking on is Steve Smith. He can also go up a gear now back on home turf.
Runs with the bat as well as his ability to take catches in the slips make him a prime target in this market.
He can be backed at 1.83 (5/6) with bet365 to get more than 39.5 points.
Best Bet: Marnus Labuschagne to be named player of the match at 17.00 (16/1) with bet365