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Australia vs New Zealand world cup final preview, predictions

Neighbors Australia and New Zealand will face each other in the final of cricket world cup 2015 on 29 March at Melbourne Cricket Ground. This is the big occasion for both teams as this is the first time when New Zealand and Australia are playing world cup final and they are hosting the tournament throughout the six weeks. The AUS vs NZ match has been scheduled to begin at 14:30 AEDT, 16:30 NZDT, 3:30 GMT and 9:00 IST.

Australia vs New Zealand world cup final preview, predictions.

Preview

Seventh time cricket world cup final playing Australian team will be up against first time appearing in world cup final New Zealand side. Hence Australia has got advantage over New Zealand to play such kind of big match. Both teams were favorites before the starting of tournament and they have played some great cricket throughout the competition to show why they were said to be favorites and now why they are playing final.

New Zealand won all the 8 matches of 2015 world cup played so far and remain unbeaten in the competition. But the fact is they played all these games at their home and this might be a problem for them tomorrow as they are going to play in different conditions. New Zealand grounds were small in the size as compared to Australian stadiums. Swing and stadium size will be a concern for Blackcaps.

Kiwi team played some aggressive and fearless cricket throughout the world cup and Brendon McCullum has taken the team on a different level which no other captain was able to do it in past. In pre-match conference New Zealand Captain McCullum said that he is confident about players. He mentioned that team is confident and will adjust with the conditions to become world champion for the first time.

On the other hand Australian Captain Michael Clarke has already declared that tomorrow’s world cup final will be his last ODI game and he’ll be retiring after that. Hence Aussies will be desperate to gift their skipper a world cup before saying bye to One-Day Internationals. As per the expectations both sides may introduce same playing XIs that they played in semi-finals. Let’s have a look at the probable playing line-ups.

Expected Playing 11s

Australia New Zealand
Michael Clarke (Captain) Brendon McCullum (Captain)
David Warner Martin Guptill
Aaron Finch Grant Elliott
Shane Watson Kane Williamson
Steven Smith Ross Taylor
Glenn Maxwell Luke Ronchi
Brad Haddin Corey Anderson
James Faulkner Daniel Vettori
Josh Hazlewood Matt Henry
Mitchell Johnson Tim Southee
Mitchell Starc Trent Boult

X Factors

Australia: Warner, Maxwell, Starc, Smith, Faulkner

New Zealand: Boult, Southee, McCullum Williamson, Vettori

Key Battles

David Warner vs Trent Boult

This is the battle between two aggressive players as Warner loves to hit ball with so much power whereas Trent Boult likes to ball on serious pace. Hence it will be interesting to watch out how tomorrow these two face each other. Boult is the leading wicket taker in tournament hence will be a vital player for Kiwis.

Steve Smith vs Tim Southee

World Cup semi-final centurion Steven Smith will be the key player for Aussies and his battle is expected to be against Tim Southee. Australia batting line up varies and can be varied tomorrow too against NZ. Tim Southee hasn’t been so great form but he is a vital player for Blackcaps. Smith gets problem with bouncers and incoming deliveries sometimes and get LBW/Bowled. Hence it will be a great contest.

Glenn Maxwell vs Corey Anderson

These two all-rounders will be crucial to decide tomorrow’s world cup final as Maxwell and Anderson love to play aggressive cricket. Both batsmen are clean strikers of ball when they bat in the middle overs or at the end of innings. Both players have played brilliant innings in the competition so far for their respective sides in different match situations. So it will be interesting to watch who’ll win this competition tomorrow.

Brendon McCullum vs Mitchell Starc

The most destructive batsman of cricket world Brendon McCullum will be up against one of the top bowlers of 2015 world cup Mitchell Starc in tomorrow’s final match. From the beginning of innings, McCullum likes to go after opposition bowling and he will be looking to do it on Sunday too. Starc is playing on serious pace these days and has bowled really well in the competition so far. Even he has crossed over 151 KM/H speed.

Kane Williamson vs Mitchell Johnson

Kane Williamson and Mitchell Johnson both these guys haven’t shown their great form in this world cup but they are big players and have got capabilities to change game any time. Johnson did it in previous match against India but Williamson hasn’t clicked in the tournament so far. Tomorrow is big occasion and he’ll be looking to play big inning in world cup final.

Predictions

It is really a tough task to choose from Australia or New Zealand for this big final. Still we can say that Australian team is having advantage over Kiwis and they have 51 percent chances to win world cup.

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