6.35pm Toss Australia has gained the toss and will bowl first.
Aaron Finch: “Looks like a really good wicket and I don’t think it will change much. We’ll back in our batters. Josh Philippe is making his debut today. It’s a great opportunity for him.”
New Zealand: Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult
Australia: Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Wake (wk), Josh Philippe, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Daniel Sams, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa
6.28pm Josh Philippe has been given his debut Australia cap from Mitch Marsh. He is predicted to bat at No.3. But we’ll see. The toss is developing.
George: “g’day. dont get me wrong, Guptill is a champion cricketer for us and has been for a very long time. But surely its time to step aside for the younger generation to step up. Was impressed with Finn Allen’s technique and application in the SS recently. Conway or Seifert can open too. Plenty of options available.”
Alex: “How has Bennett secured a place in this squad? he’s not having a bad bad record and they’ve lost matches due to his bad spells at crucial times.”
Sathish: “NZ Team Selection – Based Super Smash Aus Team Selecton – Based on BBL its great to see t20 leagues playing a major role all around the world “
6.20pm Aravinth : “What happened to Colin Munro and why is he not here? “
He misplaced his NZ contract last May. Devon Conway changed him in New Zealand’s final two sequence and Munro went and performed within the BBL.
Frase: “NZ have been a bit unlucky recently, with not one but two heartbreaking super-over losses in recent T20I series (England tour and India). I went to the most recent (hopefully the last) one at ‘the cake tin’, Wellington’s multi-sport stadium. It’s not the nicest venue, (except when it’s full, when Southee is taking 7-for, or when Guptill is scoring 237). Glad we’re getting some games at the Basin Reserve when Bangladesh come!Team picks for today? NZ could drop Bennett and Chapman and have their first-choice team – Australia’s lineup will be interesting to see.”
Mustafa Moudi : “Having Picked 2 Separate Teams for this Series and the SA Tests (which is postponed now), dont understand why the Selectors needs to demotivate Wade by saying “he didnt do sufficient in Test” and so he is dropped there. They could had simply said that he has Done Great in T20Is against India and also potential Vice-Captain of T20I Team. So he is chosen for T20Is instead of Tests !!” This is what Matthew Wade had to say . Australia’s selectors did make it clear that they have been prioritising the Test squad in choice. So if Wade was of their first-choice Test squad he wouldn’t have gone to New Zealand. Hence it was phrased the way in which it was Mustafa. But I see your level.
Abhijato: “Glad for Wade in a way. He’s more tailor-made for white-ball cricket anyways. Getting dropped from the Test side is never a positive, but in this case it’s helped him get more game time as an opener in the absence of first-choice players ahead of the T20WC!”
6.10pm Tanish : “As a RCB fan, I am very keen to see how Kyle Jamieson performs in these 5 T20s”
Speaking of the IPL and the reference to this sequence … breaking information from Dan Brettig. Australia’s stand in coach on this tour Andrew McDonald has parted ways with Rajasthan Royals regardless of having two years to run on his IPL teaching contract.
DK Metcalf: “gee whiz, wished there were more transtasman matches. excited for this series, particularly the new Oz bowling batteries.”
Ananya: “Somehow, I feel that NZ are lesser confident when they are up against their trans tasman rival…. Aussies get up and running quite early and maintains the lead….!!!!”
Hamza: “So excited for this series to take an amazing start! Watching from Canada.”
6pm Hello and welcome to Hagley Oval in Christchurch for the 1st T20I between New Zealand and Australia. This is the primary match of a five-match sequence and it is a crucial sequence for each groups as they give the impression of being to mattress down their mixtures forward of the World Cup in India later this yr.
Alex Malcolm and Andrew McGlashan in commentary tonight. Here is Gnasher’s preview of game one.
tarun: “the last time these 2 teams played a t20 was 3 years ago!” Yes it has been awhile. They have been supposed to fulfill in March final yr however the tour was cancelled as a result of pandemic.
Chris: “Is this Australia’s last international assignment before the planned tour of Bangladesh near the end of the year?” The Future excursions programme does have them scheduled for a restricted overs tour of the Caribbean after the WTC last, which they nonetheless may make. But Australia’s schedule could be very fluid. But that is the final sequence till a minimum of June.