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Australia Women's cricket tour of New Zealand: Dates, squads, news, how to watch
Australia Women's cricket tour of New Zealand: Dates, squads, news, how to watchIt will give the players a chance to continue their incredible world record of consecutive ODI wins as they prepare for the rescheduled 2022 World Cup in New Zealand.
Josh Philippe will make his international debut on Monday night in Australia's Twenty20 clash with New Zealand.
The red hot Western Australian, who starred in the Big Bash League for champions Sydney Sixers, will come in at first drop.
Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bowl, with opposing skipper Kane Williamson admitting he would have done the same.
"I'm going to back our batting line-up to chase them down," Finch said.
Fit again paceman Jhye Richardson has been named in Australia's XI for the marquee occasion in Christchurch.
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It might have been the first game of a five-match T20 series against New Zealand, but Australia’s capitulation after a strong start proves there is a mountain of work to be done ahead of back-to-back T20 World Cups. And while the acknowledgement must be made that this side isn’t exactly the full-strength version – remember, there was the small matter of the now postponed South African Test series blocking that from happening – this is still the nucleus of the side that will contest a World Cup this year in India, and one next year in Australia.
The match is being held on the 10th anniversary of the devastating earthquake which killed 185 people, and is also the first under Hagley Oval's lights.
New Zealand are chasing their first T20 win against Australia on home soil, and their second overall in nine matches.
Williamson said he was expecting a tough battle despite Australia's 14-day quarantine - which ended on Sunday night - and the absence of Steve Smith and Pat Cummins.
"There's still plenty of big names. The depths in Australian cricket is always noted," he said.
"The quarantine is not ideal for anyone but we know how good they are.
"When you go through a quarantine, teams look forward to the opportunity to be out there and playing cricket again."
AUSTRALIA: Aaron Finch (capt), Matthew Wade, Josh Philippe, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitch Marsh, Daniel Sams, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.
NEW ZEALAND: Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert, Kane Williamson (capt), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Isha Sodhi, Trent Boult.
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