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NZ vs AUS: Playing 11 announced for test match, big challenge for both teams – India TV Hindi

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NZ vs AUS: The Australian team has announced its playing 11 for the opening Test match of the two-match Test series between Australia and New Zealand starting on February 29. The team has almost decided to go into this match with the playing 11 of the day-night Test match played against West Indies in Brisbane. However only one change has been made. This match will be played at Basin Reserve in Wellington. Fans were waiting for this test series between the two countries for a long time.

Only one change in the team

The reigning World Test champions have made only one change to their playing 11 in the form of star all-rounder Cameron Green since the retirement of David Warner. Green, who sat on the bench during the home series against Pakistan due to the presence of David Warner, has been given an important role in the middle order. Green has been promoted in the batting order with the introduction of Steve Smith as an opening batsman. The 24-year-old all-rounder had previously batted in the lower middle order for the Australian team and was dropped after Mitchell Marsh came into form.

Important series for WTC final

Meanwhile, an exciting Test series is expected between the two teams. The reigning World Test champions are placed third in the points table of the WTC 2023-25 ​​cycle with PCT points of 55.00, while the Blackcaps, who won their maiden WTC title, are placed first in the standings with a PCT of 75.00. The Indian team is at second place in this list. In such a situation, both the teams will try their best to remain in the race for the finals. Let us tell you that the top 2 teams will play the final of this tournament in the year 2025. The Kiwi team has not yet announced the playing 11 for the first match of this series.

Australia’s playing 11 for the first test match against New Zealand

Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, Travis Head, Mitchell Marsh, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins (c), Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh Hazlewood

new zealand test squad

Tim Southee (captain), Tom Blundell (wk), Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Will O’Rourke, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, Will Young

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