Australia will take on New Zealand in the third and final Test of the three-match series at Sydney Cricket Ground from January 3.
Having won the first two Test with consummate ease, Tim Paine and co. will be looking to turn it into a whitewash. New Zealand on the other hand, will look to salvage some pride and play some fearless cricket against an in-form Australian Test side. However, the odds will be heavily in favour of the Aussies as they are the host and also in form, but you never know, what do they have in store for us as anything can happen at any point of time in this game. Moreover, there is an opportunity for you to earn a lot of cash during this Test and that certainly will make your start to the year better!
From being the concussion substitute of Steve Smith in The Ashes 2019 to cementing his number three spot in the batting lineup, Marnus Labuschagne has come a long way in the longest format of the game in one single year. Labuschagne has had dream run with his hallowed willow in 2019 and run continued to flow from it against New Zealand as well. With 1104 runs and an average of 64.94, Labuschagne became the only player to score over 1000 runs in Test cricket in 2019. The Queenslander has recorded scores of 143, 50, 63 and 19 in two Test matches against the Black Caps. Labuschagne came into this series with two brilliant hundreds against Pakistan in Adelaide and Brisbane respectively. Prior to the Pakistan series, he amassed 353 runs in four Test matches and maintained an average of above 50 during Australia’s Ashes tour of England. It is unlikely that he is going to stop scoring in the third and final Test of the series against Kiwis and therefore Black Type is offering odds of 4.75 for Labuschagne to be the top batsman for Australia in the first innings of the Test.
Pat Cummins produced the most dominant year in terms of fast bowling since Richard Hadlee, who made similar impact back in 1985. With 59 wickets at an average of 20.14, Cummins became the highest wicket-taker in the year 2019 and he is no mood to stop adding to his tally cometh the new year. He has eight wickets in two Test matches against New Zealand and that includes a five-for at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Prior to this series, he picked up eight wickets in two games against Pakistan as well. He had a decent Ashes series as well, where Australia retained the title in England for the first time in 18 long years. Paddy Power is offering odds of 3.50 for Cummins to be the top team bowler for Australia in the first innings and since he has had a wonderful run with the ball, he is likely to outshine his fellow teammates with the red kookaburra in the last Test of the series.
Steve Smith made a triumphant return to the longest format of the game earlier this year and has only made his bat do the talking. He is the second highest run scorer in Tests in 2019 with 965 runs and has maintained an astounding average of 74.23. For the first time since 1993, the top two spots in the highest run scorer list in Test cricket in a calendar year, belongs to Australia with Labuschagne and Smith. The last time this feat was achieve by David Boon and Mark Taylor. However, David Warner is not far behind in that list as he has occupied the third spot. Warner had an outstanding series against Pakistan before this series having registered his career high score of 335* and it came on the back of a yet another brilliant innings of 154. Therefore, 485 runs in two matches was scored by Warner but his remainder of the year was a little dull compared to Smith’s. Warner had a very bad run with the bat in the Ashes where Smith shone above anyone else with 774 runs in just four matches. Warner has failed to go past the fifty-run mark in these two Test matches against New Zealand. If you believe the numbers, it is looking like Smith is going to soar above Warner in the first innings of the first Test match and Bet 365 is offering odds of 1.83 for the same.
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