Published: Wed, December 11, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

New Zealand spearhead Trent Boult a doubt for first Test in Australia

New Zealand spearhead Trent Boult a doubt for first Test in Australia

A moment of silence will be held before the first Test between Australia and New Zealand to pay tribute to those who died in the volcanic eruption on White Island.

New Zealand also had a minor scare when Ross Taylor copped a blow on his right hand while batting in the nets.

Australia has put a bounty on the wicket of Kane Williamson, believing the New Zealand skipper is the major obstacle standing between the hosts and Test victory.

Uncapped fast bowler Lockie Ferguson could make his Test debut on an expected fast, bouncy Perth pitch, which is expected to deteriorate with fierce heat forecast for most of the match.

The new look New Zealand jerseys take a leaf out of their 1999 look which was seen during the India tour that year in the one-day series. In two day-night tests he has 16 wickets at 12.5.

Cricket Australia have promised to do their best to ensure a decent surface for the Boxing Day test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) after a match there was abandoned at the weekend because of a unsafe wicket.

"It is different cricket here and that's why you need to adapt as quickly as possible", he said.

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"I've said for 18 months, there used to be a philosophy in Australian cricket, which worked so well for us - it's harder to get out of the Australian cricket team than it is to get in it", Langer said.

The Black Caps haven't lost a test series since March 2017, having gone undefeated in their last seven.

One of the challenges that the teams will face is the "sauna" like conditions in Perth, when the temperatures are set to be as high as in the 40s.

Boasting a line-up rated by at least one former Australia test player as the best the country has ever produced, New Zealand have rarely travelled across the Tasman Sea with such confidence that they can get the job done.

Meanwhile, Australia will also reveal a new look jersey in the series which is inspired by their 1999 ICC World Cup-winning design. At the nearby Waca Ground, a Richard Hadlee-inspired New Zealand clinched that golden series win in 1985, and Mark Greatbatch batted 11 hours to save a draw four years later. The teal colour had given way to all-black look in 2001 and since then the Kiwis have stuck to the black jersey with some minor tweaks to them.

"It's a big call I know, but I feel they have the personnel that can beat Australia in the three-test series".

Williamson was more confident in the injury status of veteran batsman Ross Taylor (thumb) and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme (abdominal muscle).

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