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Australia Announce playing 11 for Crucial Wellington match Against New Zealand

Australia’s Cummins confirms XI for WTC clash in Wellington; Smith will open, eyes on a strong start against New Zealand.

Australia Announce playing 11
Pat Cummins has unveiled Australia Announce playing 11 for the World Test Championship against New Zealand in Wellington. (Photo: ICC)

Australian captain Cummins reveals XI for WTC vs NZ

Australia Announce playing 11: In no surprise, Australia captain Pat Cummins has announced the playing eleven for the World Test Championship contest against New Zealand in Wellington. Experienced batsman Steve Smith will continue his role as an opening batsman along with Usman Khawaja and Australia is hoping that Steve Smith will give a good start.

After the retirement of David Warner, Steve Smith has taken over the responsibility of opening, in which he has shown mixed performance so far. Despite facing failure in the recent Test series against the West Indies, where he failed to score on three occasions, Smith bounced back with a crucial unbeaten 91* in the second innings in Brisbane.

NZ Conway out, Will Young Steps In

Announcing the team, Cummins said Australia will field an unchanged XI for the first Test at the Basin Reserve on Thursday. This means Smith will be expected to open, with Cameron Green and Mitch Marsh both retaining their places in the relatively new top six.

On the other hand, New Zealand are facing challenges in their lineup as they prepare to face Australia. Veteran opener Devon Conway has been ruled out of the T20 series against Australia due to a thumb injury. With Conway’s absence, Will Young will step in to partner Tom Latham at the top of the order.

New Zealand, who currently top the ICC World Test Championship standings, will have to make at least three changes to their winning team against Australia. Fast bowler Kyle Jamieson has been ruled out of the team due to a stress fracture in his back and experienced fast bowler Neil Wagner has bid farewell to international cricket. All-rounder Daryl Mitchell returns to the side after missing the second Test against South Africa, and fast bowler Matt Henry rejoins the national side after missing the T20 matches due to a hip problem.

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Wagner’s Surprise Retirement Adds Challenge

The unexpected retirement of Wagner, who was initially included in the 14-man Black Caps squad, has increased New Zealand’s challenge. In Conway’s absence, Henry Nicholls, who was initially overlooked for the Australia Tests, has been recalled to the squad.

While Australia has retained its playing XI for the sixth consecutive Test, New Zealand captain Tim Southee is refusing to reveal the full playing XI. Due to rain in Wellington on the eve of the match, the Black Caps are undecided on whether to include an extra fast bowler in Scott Kuggeleijn or select left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner.

Australia Announce playing 11

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

At the same time, Cummins expressed confidence in Australia’s lineup, saying that it was a straightforward decision to retain the same eleven which had suffered a crushing defeat against West Indies at the Gabba. With all players in the team fit and available, Cummins stressed the importance of having a full squad to choose from.

As the two trans-Tasman rivals gear up for the first Test in Wellington from February 29 to March 4, the cricket world is anxiously awaiting the outcome of this crucial clash that could significantly impact the ICC World Test Championship standings. Could. Australia are aiming to secure a win and be in a favorable position to reach their second consecutive final, while New Zealand look to maintain their lead and establish their dominance in the Test arena.



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