Cricket

New Zealand win toss, bat in Australia T20

2018-02-16 08:15
Martin Guptill (Gallo Images)

Auckland - New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat against Australia in the fifth T20 tri-series match in Auckland on Friday. 

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Black Caps captain Kane Williamson said his batsmen needed to set up a solid platform to challenge the unbeaten Australians at Eden Park. 

"It's a used surface but it won't change too much, so it's important we do the job first up with the bat," he said. 

He said New Zealand had called up seamer Ben Wheeler to replace spinner Mitchell Santner, who has a knee injury. 

Australia have already reached the series final after winning all of their three previous matches, with two victories against England and one against New Zealand. 

A win would guarantee New Zealand a spot in the decider, rendering their match against England in Hamilton on Sunday a dead rubber. 

A loss means they would either have to beat England on the weekend or hope to scrape through on run rate. 

Australian skipper David Warner said he would have bowled first regardless. 

He said Australia retained the same team that beat England by seven wickets in Melbourne on Sunday and has dominated the series so far. 

"They're playing with freedom (and) they're executing their skills," he said.

Teams:

New Zealand

Martin Guptill, Colin Munro, Kane Williamson (captain), Mark Chapman, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Seifert, Ben Wheeler, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult

Australia

David Warner (captain), D'Arcy Short, Chris Lynn, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Ashton Agar, Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson, Billy Stanlake

Umpires: Paul Wilson (AUS), Shaun Haig (NZL)

TV Umpire: Wayne Knights (NZL)

Match Referee: Javagal Srinath (IND)

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