Australia v New Zealand, 1st Test, Brisbane November 30, 2011

New-look Australia remain favourites

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Match facts


December 1-5, Brisbane
Start time 1000 (0000 GMT, 1100 EDT)

Big Picture


First things first: Australia are still favourites in this Test and should win the series. But New Zealand have a sniff. They haven't won a Test in Australia in 26 years, back when Richard Hadlee was at his peak and Allan Border's Australians were struggling at the start of their rebuilding phase. New Zealand are far from their peak right now - they nearly lost to Zimbabwe a month ago and sit eighth on the Test rankings - but Australia are not far from their mid 1980s position. They are coming off a fine victory in Johannesburg less than a fortnight ago, but at least three of the men who played in that win are out of this Test, including the Man of the Match Pat Cummins.

Australia will play at least three debutants at the Gabba. David Warner will open in the absence of Shane Watson; James Pattinson is expected to share the new ball with Peter Siddle; and either Mitchell Starc or Ben Cutting will come on at first change. The captain Michael Clarke even hinted that there was a chance all four fast men might play if the pitch looked as "green and juicy" on the morning of the match as it did two days before. That could mean a rest for the offspinner Nathan Lyon, who before this week had never even visited the Gabba, let alone played there. There is also a new coach, Mickey Arthur, who has spent barely a week in the job and is still finding his feet.

Not that New Zealand are much more settled. This will be the second Test for the fast bowler Doug Bracewell and the batsman Dean Brownlie, while the wicketkeeper Reece Young is also in his first year of Test cricket. Like Australia, New Zealand have a new selection panel, installed by their director of cricket, John Buchanan, a man who coached four of the opposition players during his time in charge of Australia. Their bowling coach Damien Wright is also Australian, and the players will look for advice from him on working at the Gabba, which is expected to have extra bounce compared to Allan Border Field, where three of their batsmen scored centuries during the tour match.

Yes, New Zealand have a chance, perhaps the best chance they've had in Australia for a decade, since Stephen Fleming led them to a 0-0 draw in 2001. But Ross Taylor's side is still learning how to win - they have won only four of their past 28 Tests - and they need everything to go right to upset the hosts.

Form guide

(most recent first)

Australia: WLDDW
New Zealand: WDLLD

In the spotlight


Two years ago, the thought of David Warner in a baggy green cap seemed as far-fetched as Australia appointing a foreign coach. How times change. Warner will make his Test debut with less than 1000 first-class runs to his name, but importantly he is in form. All three of his first-class hundreds have come this calendar year and if he stays at the crease for a session, New Zealand's bowlers will see the total tick over at a rapid rate. Significantly, if Warner succeeds in this series, he could contribute to squeezing Ricky Ponting out of the Test line-up when Shane Watson returns from injury.

On the subject of powerful left-hand batsman, the inclusion of Jesse Ryder is a major boost to New Zealand. Ryder missed the Test against Zimbabwe due to a calf strain but showed his class in the warm-up match against Australia A in Brisbane, where he was one of three centurions. New Zealand look a much more dangerous side when Ryder is fit, and having scored three hundreds, all against India, in his past ten Tests, he will be keen to prove he can have the same impact against Australia.

Pitch and conditions


Even in last year's disastrous Ashes campaign, the Gabba remained impenetrable for Australia's opponents. The hosts have not lost a Test in Brisbane since 1988, when Malcolm Marshall, Curtly Ambrose, Courtney Walsh and Patrick Patterson bowled West Indies to victory. There is always plenty of seam and bounce at the Gabba, and captains can be tempted to send the opposition in. The forecast is for thunder and rain on the opening day, while showers could also fall on the final two days.

Team news


Australia's only decision surrounds the make-up of their attack. Siddle will lead the pace group and is expected to be joined by the outswing bowler Pattinson and one of Cutting and Starc. However, on the day before the Test, Clarke wrote in his newspaper column that leaving out the offspinner Nathan Lyon in favour of a four-man pace attack was also a possibility. "I prefer playing a spinner and I like to bat first," Clarke wrote, "but if conditions remain as they are, we will think very seriously about playing all four fast bowlers."

Australia (probable) 1 David Warner, 2 Phillip Hughes, 3 Usman Khawaja, 4 Ricky Ponting, 5 Michael Clarke (capt), 6 Michael Hussey, 7 Brad Haddin (wk), 8 Peter Siddle, 9 James Pattinson, 10 Nathan Lyon, 11 Mitchell Starc / Ben Cutting.

New Zealand are likely to make just one change from the side that played in the tour match, with Daniel Vettori set to come in for Trent Boult.

New Zealand (probable) 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Brendon McCullum, 3 Kane Williamson, 4 Ross Taylor (capt), 5 Jesse Ryder, 6 Dean Brownlie, 7 Daniel Vettori, 8 Reece Young (wk), 9 Doug Bracewell, 10 Tim Southee, 11 Chris Martin.

Stats & trivia


  • Australia will have at least three Test debutants, bringing to at least nine the number of baggy greens handed out in 2011. The last time so many debutants played in a calendar year was during the World Series Cricket days, in 1978.

  • If Pattinson debuts, he and his brother Darren, who represented England, will become the first siblings to play Test cricket for different nations in 112 years

  • New Zealand's tense recent win against Zimbabwe was their fourth victory in 28 Tests. The other wins in that time have come against Bangladesh (twice) and Pakistan.

  • In their past four series against Ausralia, New Zealand have lost eight Tests and drawn one. Their last win against Australia came in 1993.

Quotes


"The extra pace, bounce and movement the Gabba can generate will give our fast bowlers every chance of making a significant impression"
Michael Clarke believes New Zealand will find it hard to score as freely as they did in the warm-up match at Allan Border Field

"We're just building quietly. I feel we've gathered a little bit of confidence from that first trip to Zimbabwe, when we were together nearly a month, then coming here after some good performances in first-class cricket at home."
New Zealand's coach, John Wright

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Meety on December 2, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    @Wefinishthis "Why is everyone, especially the selectors so blind?" - mate, quite a few of us have been wanting O'Keefe given a crack at the baggy Green for several years now. We were all dumbfounded when he played brilliantly against the Poms in the A-game in Hobart, then got overlooked for a grade cricketer. That being said, at the moment I'm happy with Lyon, but should he stuff up in a few games, SOK come on down!

  • Wefinishthis on December 1, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    Naveed, there ARE world class spinners in Australia, his name is Steve O'Keefe, his record is better than Shane Warne's, he's 26/27, PLUS he can bat!!! Why is everyone, especially the selectors so blind?

  • Claydo78 on November 30, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    tell me What has changed from the hilditchs selections to our current selectors? we are still picking guys we shouldnt be playing state cricket let alone for australia! Ben cutting avg 18 this year in shield cricket and the gabba is his home ground and still cant get a gig! no way lyon should be playing, pick 4 quicks and let them rip into new zealand! clark is a better spinner than lyon! come on selectors get a clue!

  • AMUSMANI on November 30, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    I think NZ is going to give tough time to australlia but NZ has a good chance to win this series because autrallia is not as good as they were in previous years. best of luck to NZ team

  • Looch on November 30, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    This will be a great summer, 2 teams that always fight hard against Australia, a new look Aussie team, desperate to prove themselves, Tendulkar's last tour here and I finally get to go to the Boxing day Test! Long live Cricket!!!

  • RandyOZ on November 30, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    @JG2704 - why do you always bring England into it? We couldn't care less about the United XI.

  • Meety on November 30, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    @ Okakaboka - yes indeed. Should the Gabba test (good pace conditions) result in all 3 or 4 quicks doing well, it will be a log jam for a spot for the 2nd test. Made a bit easier by MJ being unavailable!

  • AnotherLab on November 30, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    I am hoping to see the return of Brian Peek to Cricket. Aus should win though.

  • Amit_K_Srivastava on November 30, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    I think NZ is in better position than Australia...Have good batting & bowling lineup...

  • yorkshirematt on November 30, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Here it is. the big one for Australia now they have no chance of winning an Ashes series ;) In all seriousness they should win comfortably but as mentioned the bowling attack is inexperienced. NZ are renowned for their team spirit without having the best players. always fighters. Hopefully a good series anyway.

  • Meety on December 2, 2011, 7:00 GMT

    @Wefinishthis "Why is everyone, especially the selectors so blind?" - mate, quite a few of us have been wanting O'Keefe given a crack at the baggy Green for several years now. We were all dumbfounded when he played brilliantly against the Poms in the A-game in Hobart, then got overlooked for a grade cricketer. That being said, at the moment I'm happy with Lyon, but should he stuff up in a few games, SOK come on down!

  • Wefinishthis on December 1, 2011, 0:21 GMT

    Naveed, there ARE world class spinners in Australia, his name is Steve O'Keefe, his record is better than Shane Warne's, he's 26/27, PLUS he can bat!!! Why is everyone, especially the selectors so blind?

  • Claydo78 on November 30, 2011, 23:54 GMT

    tell me What has changed from the hilditchs selections to our current selectors? we are still picking guys we shouldnt be playing state cricket let alone for australia! Ben cutting avg 18 this year in shield cricket and the gabba is his home ground and still cant get a gig! no way lyon should be playing, pick 4 quicks and let them rip into new zealand! clark is a better spinner than lyon! come on selectors get a clue!

  • AMUSMANI on November 30, 2011, 23:53 GMT

    I think NZ is going to give tough time to australlia but NZ has a good chance to win this series because autrallia is not as good as they were in previous years. best of luck to NZ team

  • Looch on November 30, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    This will be a great summer, 2 teams that always fight hard against Australia, a new look Aussie team, desperate to prove themselves, Tendulkar's last tour here and I finally get to go to the Boxing day Test! Long live Cricket!!!

  • RandyOZ on November 30, 2011, 22:05 GMT

    @JG2704 - why do you always bring England into it? We couldn't care less about the United XI.

  • Meety on November 30, 2011, 21:55 GMT

    @ Okakaboka - yes indeed. Should the Gabba test (good pace conditions) result in all 3 or 4 quicks doing well, it will be a log jam for a spot for the 2nd test. Made a bit easier by MJ being unavailable!

  • AnotherLab on November 30, 2011, 20:18 GMT

    I am hoping to see the return of Brian Peek to Cricket. Aus should win though.

  • Amit_K_Srivastava on November 30, 2011, 19:12 GMT

    I think NZ is in better position than Australia...Have good batting & bowling lineup...

  • yorkshirematt on November 30, 2011, 18:56 GMT

    Here it is. the big one for Australia now they have no chance of winning an Ashes series ;) In all seriousness they should win comfortably but as mentioned the bowling attack is inexperienced. NZ are renowned for their team spirit without having the best players. always fighters. Hopefully a good series anyway.

  • LeftBrain on November 30, 2011, 18:20 GMT

    NZ can fancy their chances but it still is contest between a world calss team and a club level team. NZ has much better chances, and is more comparable with, likes of Kenya, Zimbabwe and may be Bangladesh, Even WI is favourites against them, let alone Australia. The thing that is of more interest is how these Aussie new comers perform, it will provide a glimpse of what cricket will look like in next 10 or so years.

  • on November 30, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    well if the pitch seams and bounces than NZ too could put in the wishy washy aussies...if two three wickets fall quickly the aussies could collapse again...although one feels that they are an opener short...however the aussies too could the attacking new zealanders in although with brendan in good form they too could hit the aussies out of teh park...i would go for four fast bowlers..lyons too could like teh bounce though...but the aussies feel that their fast bowlers are not the best selectable and they might have to depend on pattinson if he is anything like his brother..i would rather put it that clarke should make a choice between siddle, cutting and lyons and let the other two lead the attack...

  • on November 30, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    I think NZ is better experience side than AUS. They have much better bowling attack. therefore surely NZ will win at Gabba.

  • JG2704 on November 30, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    I actually have a soft spot for NZ. I think it's because I met Martin Crowe and John Wright when I was a kid after a JPL match between Somerset and Derbyshire at Taunton and it always struck me what top blokes they were

  • JG2704 on November 30, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Nathan Kiely on (November 30 2011, 08:16 AM GMT) - Australia actually drew the series with SA although a draw would have probably felt like a win considering how they pulled it out in the 2nd test to win that one

  • JG2704 on November 30, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    @Fahad Memon on (November 30 2011, 07:26 AM GMT) - I'd say Vetori is a quality player and guys like Mccallum , Taylor , Ryder , Williamson , Guptil can all bat on their day and Southee can be useful too. Agree that Aus should still win though

  • JG2704 on November 30, 2011, 17:41 GMT

    @Bone101 on (November 30 2011, 04:26 AM GMT) - I would tend to agree with you there. I'd like to see my team England do the same. I know yesteryear they always played with 4 bowlers but when those 4 were Macgrath , Warne , Lee and Gillespie it's different to what they have now - and they're without Harris abd Cummings too. No disrespect to NZ but I don't feel their bowling is too threatening and the way I see it , more likely reason for failing to win a test is because they can't take the wickets they need

  • Srini_Indian on November 30, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    If NZ bowl first, expect the flat track bullies of Australia to fold up meekly under 20!!

  • zico123 on November 30, 2011, 15:26 GMT

    Australian bowling attack is inexperienced, if NZ batters concentrate and play tight, they should easily draw the test matches

  • on November 30, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    Australians are favourites on paper...look at the names Ponting,Clarke,Hussey and some good freshmen-Khawaja,Cutting,Starc etc. BUT I have a feeling NZ are the better team when it comes to playing on the field. They are playing fearless cricket, they have some good strikers..nothing much about their bowling but their batting looks threatening on their day. Much of NZ has bits-and-pieces cricketers...So they may not look threatening but they are giant-killers as they did in WC against SA thrice in 2003,2007 and 2011. Australia really has to cut the slack and prepare well..Its time they experiment new ones drop Haddin and Johnson...and make it the deciding test for Ponting's place.

  • zico123 on November 30, 2011, 15:23 GMT

    against a weaker NZ bowling attack, Ponting might score runs, but it will be illusion to think he is back in form. rather it is his best chance to walk away on the high.

  • zico123 on November 30, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    as expected Ponting didn't walk off after SA series, so selectors would have to take the hard call on his behalf, it is the best time to blood in youth, no place for very old Ponting anymore who has passed his prime 2 years back, he is a burden on the team, he has nothing to achieve other than personal landmarks, it is time for him to go. time to give youngstars like Warner, Khwaja, Shaun Marsh an extended run

  • cricket-vid on November 30, 2011, 14:36 GMT

    It should be an interesting game. All young fast bowlers create that air of expectation that they will bowl fast and furious and create havoc. Though often they try to bowl to fast and too short and get hit around the park. Who ever has the best temperament should have some success. I would like to see Copeland in the team - bring steadiness and accuracy to the attack. To keep the pressure on whilst a Pat Cummins goes about his business (when he returns). I think Mitchell Johnson let the side down by leeking far too many runs and taking the pressure of the opposition. The selectors need to send him back to shield cricket until he can show he can bowl consistently for at least one season. Ponting should retire after the 2nd test in Hobart in front of his adoring Tasmanian fans. Far more fitting way to leave than to be pushed.

  • Pablo123 on November 30, 2011, 14:32 GMT

    I hope, if AUS do lose this series, it's not pinned on Mickey........ it's gonna be tough for so many debutants to make an impact. Bu then again, look at what Pat did a few weeks ago....... never know. I reckon David Warner is going to have a long stay at Test level.....

  • shailbuch on November 30, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Back Lyon.. Pick him... All pace attack might help you win this game but you have to look at the bigger picture. Lyon is showing positive signs are a long term prospect and you have to keep giving him the confidence. Two of the three debutants are bound to be replaced next series by Harris and Cummins. Lyon is an investment. Do not repeat the same mistake of taking one game at a time like the Hilditch led selection panel. We love to watch Aussies play and its the fighting spirit that keeps them afloat in this difficult phase. This series and the upcoming India's tour of Australia are going to be fun to watch.

  • TeamRocker on November 30, 2011, 13:19 GMT

    @SixFourOut- Woah...even I'm an aussie supporter, but with five players missing out, I don't see a record-breaking win like the one you predicted. I don't doubt that the Aussies can win, but a innings and 450 runs...no!

  • Brightonbumpkin on November 30, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    Blah blah blah. It's all about the Phantom's batting, really, isn't it? In all seriousness, can't wait for this series - improving NZ vs a rapidly improving Oz. I think our chaps (England, or the "Saath Efrika Reserves" as we think of them) will have a tough old time when the next Ashes come around. At least Punter will be gone by then. Stroppy, hypocritical bully.

  • on November 30, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    Best of Luck Australia... I've faith in your performance..:)

  • on November 30, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    I believe NZ will put up a good fight against aussies, they always do.

  • hmmmmm... on November 30, 2011, 12:15 GMT

    with watson out the missing piece is an allrounder not really an opener, why not include mitch marsh or someone else instead and then open with kawahja?

  • on November 30, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    good match expected b'coz warm up game play by nz

  • Kiwi-Jake on November 30, 2011, 11:02 GMT

    This first test is possibly NZ's best shot they've had at winning against Australia in a very long time, I think the deciding factor will be if NZ have it in them to take 20 wickets, which has been their achilles heel in the past. I like the idea of Martin to continue in the side just in case Southee and Bracewell get awfully wayward under pressure, which I've seen Southee do in the past. One thing you can't deny Martin is that he can bowl a generally acceptable line. I think run outs can be a big factor too considering quite a few of these Aussie batters are on the wrong side of 30, and big Jesse can't use runners (for "cramp") anymore either.

  • Micgyver on November 30, 2011, 11:00 GMT

    Ben Cutting should get the nod over Starc not only beacuse he is a local at the Gabba but i watched him in the shield match against NSW and he looked dangerous every spell and when Steve O'Keefe almost stole the win thrashing the other Qld bowlers around the park,Cutting stepped up,O'Keefe could hardly hit a ball and eventually Cutting got his man.

  • DasaradhiR on November 30, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    Newzealand should go beyond competing in this series. There is not enough competition at the top in test cricket. They should find men who can do the job for each situation. As a team they are always good, but some times team needs individual characters who can raise to the occassion thus becoming stars. May Newzealand find good stars in this series.

  • Beertjie on November 30, 2011, 10:44 GMT

    Hope the newbies go well, especially Warner and at least one of the new quicks. It'll be better to have selection problems like who to leave out than having to come up with newbies every second test. Wish Pnter all the best, but if he doesn't know when to go gracefully, he'll have to be pushed,which would be a shame.

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:39 GMT

    NZ have nt beaten Australia since 1993 in a test match i.e 18 years that is awell proff domination of the Aussie over kiwis

  • on November 30, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    @SFay Well, I had a thought that they might choose Starc on the basis that he is a left hander ?

  • Waikato_FC on November 30, 2011, 10:20 GMT

    Agree with Jarred here, we WON in Zimbabwe! Yes they put up a hell of a fight, but we won - and it was our first test for almost a year, which is one of the reasons we're so low in the rankings. Play a lot of matches, get a lot of points, play not many, get not many points! Agree our bowling looks a bit thin, although Southee and Bracewell could be the business, but the batsmen are all firing and Australia are certainly in the 'rebuilding' stage! For the first time in recent memory, there are a bunch of Australian players who wouldn't get into the NZ team, not vice versa!

  • longshortleg on November 30, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    That 2001 series is ridiculously over-quoted when it comes to NZ-Aus. Go back and look at the scorecards - rain saved NZ from thumpings in the first two Tests, though they did play very well in the third.

    Anyway, that has no bearing on this series, which should be hard-fought and just what the youngsters on both sides need.

  • stormy16 on November 30, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    I see lots of talking from a side that just managed to beat Zim!! Aus are unbeaten in both SL and SA despite having an inexperienced attack but NZ will not have a better opportunity than this to beat Aus. On a result wicket the Aus batting line up had to fire to give the young attack a chance. If the batting fails like it did in SA, NZ have a great chance to for a win. I am predicting Warner to make runs and get creat even more problems for the selectors.

  • on November 30, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    I can sense that Ponting is licking his lips now. New Zealand, be warned! He'll be back.

  • on November 30, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    I dont care how NZ's bowls or bats. But Australian Batting line is Enough for any victory. Same way Australian pacers gonna hold NZ's breath tight.

  • v_singh on November 30, 2011, 8:23 GMT

    Though NZ-Aus matches are exciting (well, I 've only watched on tv the much talked about series between Flemings 11 vs the aussies in 2000 - 2001), it is Kiwis batsmen who would need to deliver rather than their bowlers.. This is not to say that Kiwi's can take 20 wickets, but unless there is a good cushion of a lot of runs, bowlers often end up getting dispatched to all corners - of course, unless the pitch is a minefield. Practise match 100s do not matter.. Taylor & Ryder are the key.. Keen to see how Williamson does.. Much hyped McCullum is bound to fail - he performs in 1 out of 10 matches only.. Vettori (one of my all time fav. players) would be imp. in contributing lower order runs too... Even though I wish for a Kiwi victory, it is the Aussies who are going to turn up victorious..

  • spence1324 on November 30, 2011, 8:22 GMT

    My view both teams are evenly matched in both bowling and batting,it will come down to who whats it more and since the Australians are completely writing NZ off (they do not deserve 2 tests,will are 'resting' our key players etc) I feel NZ are going to win.

  • diteras on November 30, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    Glad to see young Pattison has opted to play for his own country. I hope he enjoys as long and successful an international career as the rest of his illustrious cricketing family. For all Clarke's bluster he must be a worried man. The Kiwi pace attack has more international experience than his - when did that last happen? They ( NZ) must therefore be favourites to win this game and series - if that happens to we get another inquiry and do we then skip another generation? Next year to Australia's under 15's turn out in baggy greens? Cant wait.

  • on November 30, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    Is everyone forgetting Australia just beat South Africa in South Africa, while New Zealand's 'confidence' comes from narrowly beating Zimbabwe? Australia will win both tests comfortably.

  • on November 30, 2011, 8:11 GMT

    be ready aussies,njoy vs nz ..n ready 2 face india quicks yadav,aaron,ishant bowling at 145 plus n pro zaheer wth carrom ball specialist ashwin..i feel ind win 2-0..2 draw at adelaide n sydney..

  • Marcio on November 30, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    Good luck to the Kiwis. I suspect their best hope is for a first innings 'win'. I can't see them getting 20 wickets. But one thing is for sure, this is a VERY green Australian side, so they are in with a chance (in theory). Most interest for Aussies will be seeing the new quicks and Warner. If Warner scores a lot more runs than Hughes he may edge him out upon Watson's return. I wouldn't be surprised to see Hughes score real big here, though. If these two both get going in the one innings it would be interesting. Could be carnage.

  • on November 30, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    All said; looking forward to some good competition over the next two weeks...

  • on November 30, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    aus can easily win this series 2-0 fact is that nz have no quality palyer current ranking of nz is 8th even WI is better than nz.

  • atthipatti on November 30, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Ponting would be itching to prove his heroics! Go Ponting go...last chance it is!

  • Wefinishthis on November 30, 2011, 7:04 GMT

    Why is Siddle still there? He is simply not world class, nor will he ever be and if Australia want to become dominant again, we need a team of world-class players, therefore Siddle cannot be a part of our future plans.

    He's had plenty of chances and his record is worse than Johnson's and almost as bad as the useless Hilfenhaus. His hat-trick against England was one of the worst things that could have happened for Australia. It meant that he wouldn't be dropped for the series and he ended up doing nothing since and losing the ashes. With Harris and Cummins out, it should be Copeland, Butterworth and Cutting w/Faulkner next in line. O'Keefe and Wade should be there as well. I congratulate the selectors for wanting to try some new things, but they've only looked at the past 3-4 matches, not the past 3-4 series like they should and mistakenly gotten it horribly wrong. We may beat the Kiwi's but this team won't win back the ashes.

  • Okakaboka on November 30, 2011, 6:59 GMT

    Well, if Siddle steps up and bowls his best providing support and leadership to the young quicks and they bowl at their best...won't it be interesting when/if Harris and Cummins become available. Then you have Copeland floating around. It will be very difficult to select the best fast bowling attack. Whatever happens for at least a year, one of Siddle, Copeland and Harris should play. At least two of Pattinson, Cummins, Cutting and Starc. I don't know if I would give the new ball to Siddle tomorrow ..... Cutting and Pattinson might be rather imposing. No let up when Siddle comes on. I don't think Siddle would care that much...for all his flaws...he gets 110% for being team player. The biggest problem however is we have quite a tail. These young quicks (and Siddle) need to get serious and improve their batting ....at least aim to bat as well as the likes of Reifell, Warne, Lee, Fleming and M Hughes from the past. To Copeland....this especially applies to him. If he could bat well..!!

  • Tootsie on November 30, 2011, 6:47 GMT

    @SFay if they pick Siddle over Starc then Cricket Australia's anti-NSW bias is alive and well. Siddles test average is 32+, not the sort of average a strike bowler should have. Given NSW has been the most dominant and succesful provincial side in the history of cricket, and produced the most superstars of international cricket then yes, CA will look at NSW players favourably. Get your facts right before posting.

  • MenFromMarts on November 30, 2011, 5:59 GMT

    Copeland is smashing WA at the moment. Good boy prove that point. Hauritz is back too with very tidy figures. I wonder if the new regime has him in their sights. Tom Triffitt for Baggy Green !!! Our new WK with Paine to open with Warner. Bye Phil.

  • rust01 on November 30, 2011, 5:51 GMT

    @SFay try to actually think about what you are writing. There has been no NSW selectors for many many years, so how could there be a bias? Seriously. This line used to be funny but now it is just tiresome.

  • jonesy2 on November 30, 2011, 5:05 GMT

    oh what a terrible preview, sorry but that is a shocking job

  • aatif456 on November 30, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Why Doug Bollinger don't play test.. he is the best bowler in australia..What is the use of argus review then?

  • on November 30, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Australia should consider giving citizenship to a spinner from India or Pakistan. Prefer a right arm leg spin/googly bowler. Australia does not have even a club level decent spinner.

  • on November 30, 2011, 4:47 GMT

    if I were NZ, I'd play Boult ahead of Southee... Nevertheless, I think the Aussie XI will be: Warner, Hughes, Ponting, Clarke (C), Khawaja, Hussey, Haddin, Cutting, Siddle, Lyon, Pattinson

  • johnathonjosephs on November 30, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    Everybody is underestimating the NZ side right now. They are in high confidence after that World Cup high and while I'm not too sure of their bowling, I'm sure their batting can prove competitive enough to ensure they don't lose

  • Bone101 on November 30, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    I actually wouldn't mind Australia playing all 5 bowlers and just going with 5 batsmen for this test, but I dont think it will happen. Bowlers win matches and without Watson, Australia could find themselves light on if everything doesn't go to plan. Although..... i think it should probably be alright! Starc to miss out in my book.

  • heathrf1974 on November 30, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    I hope Cutting gets a go too. He has a lot of potential. I could see Cummins, Cutting and Siddle/Harris as our pace attack over the next two years.

  • on November 30, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    i m feel bad for nz ponting gonna kick off nz be ready ross to for lost 2-0

  • mick82 on November 30, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Is John right for real saying New Zealand are just "building quitely"? Almost every article i have read has been outspoken comments from members of the black caps talking themselves up.

  • Faircricket11220 on November 30, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    I love new zealand cricket probably the most two talented batsman in the world taylor and mccullum but it will take more than that to beat australia in the test series.. i see austrailia winning the series 1-0 hope usman khawaja is playing exciting left hander

  • RandyOZ on November 30, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    Kiwis may as well throw in the towel now, otherwise you will be towelled up by our lightning quick youngsters.

  • SixFourOut on November 30, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Aus's three pacemen still look streets ahead of NZ's. Martin to take no wickets and be dropped for the second game. Aus will bat first score 1000, bowl NZ out for 250, the follow on will be 300.

    The worst Australian side in history will beat this kiwi side by an innings and 450 runs.

  • dsig3 on November 30, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Hope Pattinson has a long and successful career. It will constantly remind England of the time they selected a club level Aussie trundler to represent them in Tests. They might be doing well now but they wont live that one down any time soon.

  • Stevo_ on November 30, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    If they pick Starc over Cutting then Cricket Australia's NSW bias is alive and well

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on November 30, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    Cutting is the best of Australia's 4 fast bowlers, his bowling in Shield matches is frightening from the stands! But as a NZ fan, hopefully Aussie's terrible selections continue!!!I wouldn't mind seeing Bracewell bat no.8 ahead of Young, and Trent Boult needs to come into the side for Martin very soon.

  • on November 30, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Let me guess - Brydon Coverdale is Australian? "New Zealand are far from their peak right now - they nearly lost to Zimbabwe a month ago" - We won. It was also our first test match together since January. Not bad considering. "They are coming off a fine victory in Johannesburg less than a fortnight ago" - no mention of the embarrassment in the match before?

    Tbh I'm not expecting us to win this series (being a BC supporter, you learn not to get your hopes too high) but I think it will be a lot closer than what you might think. Theres some talented youngsters in our side and I think the BC's will be a force to reckon with in a year or two.

  • Sulli001 on November 30, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    I' m a NZ supporter but I just cant see them winning a test in this series, in the past we have created opportunities to win but let them off the hook with poor batting proformances or wayward bowling. I predict NZ to struggle to take 20 wickets and score in excess of 450 per innings.

  • hilditchmustgo on November 30, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    Hoping Starc is the one to miss out. Cant go past Cutting at the Gabba on a moving deck. He averages 14 with the ball the season after all.

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  • hilditchmustgo on November 30, 2011, 2:46 GMT

    Hoping Starc is the one to miss out. Cant go past Cutting at the Gabba on a moving deck. He averages 14 with the ball the season after all.

  • Sulli001 on November 30, 2011, 2:56 GMT

    I' m a NZ supporter but I just cant see them winning a test in this series, in the past we have created opportunities to win but let them off the hook with poor batting proformances or wayward bowling. I predict NZ to struggle to take 20 wickets and score in excess of 450 per innings.

  • on November 30, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Let me guess - Brydon Coverdale is Australian? "New Zealand are far from their peak right now - they nearly lost to Zimbabwe a month ago" - We won. It was also our first test match together since January. Not bad considering. "They are coming off a fine victory in Johannesburg less than a fortnight ago" - no mention of the embarrassment in the match before?

    Tbh I'm not expecting us to win this series (being a BC supporter, you learn not to get your hopes too high) but I think it will be a lot closer than what you might think. Theres some talented youngsters in our side and I think the BC's will be a force to reckon with in a year or two.

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on November 30, 2011, 3:25 GMT

    Cutting is the best of Australia's 4 fast bowlers, his bowling in Shield matches is frightening from the stands! But as a NZ fan, hopefully Aussie's terrible selections continue!!!I wouldn't mind seeing Bracewell bat no.8 ahead of Young, and Trent Boult needs to come into the side for Martin very soon.

  • Stevo_ on November 30, 2011, 3:30 GMT

    If they pick Starc over Cutting then Cricket Australia's NSW bias is alive and well

  • dsig3 on November 30, 2011, 3:36 GMT

    Hope Pattinson has a long and successful career. It will constantly remind England of the time they selected a club level Aussie trundler to represent them in Tests. They might be doing well now but they wont live that one down any time soon.

  • SixFourOut on November 30, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Aus's three pacemen still look streets ahead of NZ's. Martin to take no wickets and be dropped for the second game. Aus will bat first score 1000, bowl NZ out for 250, the follow on will be 300.

    The worst Australian side in history will beat this kiwi side by an innings and 450 runs.

  • RandyOZ on November 30, 2011, 3:48 GMT

    Kiwis may as well throw in the towel now, otherwise you will be towelled up by our lightning quick youngsters.

  • Faircricket11220 on November 30, 2011, 3:52 GMT

    I love new zealand cricket probably the most two talented batsman in the world taylor and mccullum but it will take more than that to beat australia in the test series.. i see austrailia winning the series 1-0 hope usman khawaja is playing exciting left hander

  • mick82 on November 30, 2011, 4:12 GMT

    Is John right for real saying New Zealand are just "building quitely"? Almost every article i have read has been outspoken comments from members of the black caps talking themselves up.