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New Zealand vs Australia 1st Test Tips & Live Stream - Can the Black Caps upset the odds?

Last updated: 27 Feb 2024
Ralph Staniforth 27 Feb 2024
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  • Visitors have won their last 5 games against the hosts
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Kane Williamson has scored 100+ runs in three of his last four Test innings' (Getty Images)

New Zealand vs Australia Tips

This is a tough one to call, but the visitors are favourites despite being away from home. Both teams have their problems, and form is tough to read as the hosts last Test series was against a very weak South Africa side. 
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Australia on the other hand, could only draw a series at home to the West Indies. That said, I fancy New Zealand to come up with the goods on home soil.

  • New Zealand have won their last 3 Test matches.
  • New Zealand’s Kane Williamson has scored 100+ runs in 3 of his last 4 Test innings.
  • Australia have won their last 5 Test matches against New Zealand.
  • Australia have won 4 of their last 5 Test matches.
  • Australia are the defending World Test Championship champions.

Head to Head

Australia have won their last five Test matches against New Zealand. They last played a Test in 2020, a match the Aussies won by 279 runs.

New Zealand Form

New Zealand have not played much Test cricket over the last few months, but they do have some recent form to go on. They drew a Test series 1-1 in Bangladesh in November last year and then beat South Africa 2-0 at home quite recently.

While the Black Caps were convincing against the South Africans, we must note that South Africa sent a squad with hardly any Test experience to New Zealand. They won the first Test by 281 runs and the second by seven wickets.

In the first Test, Kane Williamson scored a century in both innings while Rachin Ravindra scored a double ton in the first innings. In the second Test, Williamson top scored in the first innings with 43 runs and then managed 133 runs in the 2nd innings.

New Zealand Team News

Neil Wagner has retired from Test cricket after missing out on selection. Devon Conway is expected to be fit but must still pass a fitness test while Rachin Ravindra has been cleared to play.

Australia Form

Over Christmas and New Year, Australia comfortably beat Pakistan 3-0 in a Test series on home soil. As the defending World Test champions, this put the Aussies on a good path to defend their title.

However, in what turned out to be a shock result, Australia could only draw their two-match Test series at home against West Indies in January this year.

After winning the first Test by 10 wickets, Australia struggled in the second, losing the match by eight runs. In the first Test, Travis Head scored a crucial hundred to help the Aussies set a good first innings lead.

The second Test, after conceding 311, Usman Khawaja top scored with 75 runs, Alex Carey added 65 and Pat Cummins 64. Needing 216 to win the second Test, Steven Smith scored 91 runs at the top of the order but very few others contributed.

Australia Team News

It looks like the Aussies are going to stick with Steven Smith as an opening batsman for this series. While he managed 91 in the second Test against the West Indies, it was a strange decision to move one of the finest batsmen of this era to the opening slot.


New Zealand are backed to win the first Test against the odds with Kane Williamson set for big runs.

For Australia, I am backing Steven Smith to top score in the first innings.

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