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Cricket World Cup: Australia v New Zealand preview

Australia face a big test when they take on New Zealand on Saturday and look set to shuffle their batting order for the showdown.

The Aussies will be full of confidence after winning the last three games, including the obliteration of the Netherlands on Wednesday.

However despite the winning sequence, the selectors are set to change a winning team and formula for the clash with the Black Caps.

Travis Head looks set to return from a broken hand and that means changes will be made to the top order of the batting.

New Zealand have won four and lost just one game so far, so they should also be on a high.

It means we could be in for a classic when the two proud nations battle it out at HPCA Stadium.

WhatAustralia v New Zealand 
WhereHPCA Stadium, Dharamshala
When15:00 (AEST) Saturday 28th October, 2023
How to watch9Now, Kayo Sports
OddsAustralia 1.61, New Zealand 2.30

Recent head-to-heads

Australia have an excellent recent record against New Zealand and have won the last five meetings between the two sides.

The Aussies travelled to New Zealand in September 2022 and played a three-match ODI series that they wrapped up in convincing fashion, winning it 3-0.

Conditions will of course be different in India, and this is the World Cup, but Australia seem to have the edge over New Zealand going off recent meetings.

After losing the opening two games at the World Cup, the Aussies are on a roll, winning the last three matches.

In their latest match on Wednesday, they blitzed the Netherlands, to win by a massive 309 runs.

David Warner continues to shine with the bat, scoring another 104 runs, while Glenn Maxwell set a new world record for the fastest player to score a century.

His 100 came off just 40 deliveries and he can be backed at 7.00 to be Team – Top Batter against New Zealand on Saturday.

Maxwell will again bat at six on Saturday, but there will be some tinkering just above him.

Head return to force reshuffle

Head has not played in this World Cup so far because of a broken hand, but is now back to fitness and looks set to open the batting.

Head is deemed so important to the Aussie side that the selectors will have no hesitation in putting him back in, even if it means disrupting a winning team.

Mitchell Marsh and Warner have impressed when opening the batting, but Head will return, with Marsh moving down to third.

That has come as a ‘shock’ to Steve Smith, who has made the number three slot his own in recent years, playing there 25 times with an average of 56.54.

He notched another 71 runs against the Netherlands, but all noises suggest that Smith will still move down the order and bat at number four.

He can still be backed at 4.33 to be Team – Top Batter.

The unlucky player in all of this is Marnus Labuschagne, who looks set to be the one to step aside and make room for Head.

Zampa continues to shine

Elsewhere the Australian side will remain the same and they will again look to Adam Zampa to dismantle the opposition batting order.

Zampa is Australia’s leading wicket taker at the World Cup and took another four wickets as the Netherlands were bowled out for just 90 runs.

The spinner can be backed at 3.75 to be Australia’s Team – Top Bowler against New Zealand, the same price as Mitchell Starc.

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