This game and quite rightly so will be dominated by Brendan McCullum retiring, but he won't go out with a smile on his face.
Fri, 19 Feb, 2:25 PM
New Zealand v Australia
Even though I'd love to see the legendary Kiwi Brendon McCullum go out on a high I can't see our boys losing this one. The New Zealand players will do all they can too send their leader out on a high, it's the least he deserves. He's changed New Zealand cricket, once the whipping boys he's build this team into one of the strongest nations in his own style. New Zealand lack depth with the bat and ball to make a real impact in this fixture. Australia look a great price at $2 with Stan James.
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Top New Zealand Batsman
Kane Williamson didn't have a great test in Wellington, not a chance he won't star with the bat in the second test. He produced the good for me in Australia and I'm sticking with Kiwi to come good again. All the stats show he should score big in this test, he averages 49 against Australia, 58 in New Zealand and finally he averaged 90 in 2015. Not bad stats! <br/><br/>
Get on him at $3.75!
Brendon McCullum Runs
Brendon McCullum is a massive $6.5 best odds to top score for New Zealand best odds and $4.5 worst odds. I don't think he will achieve this but I'm getting on him to score over 28.5 with Ladbrokes at $1.83
Top Australian Bowler
James Pattinson could be one of the best bowlers in the world if he stayed fit. The Aussie paceman will be frustrated and annoyed after missing out on the first test, this is a chance for him to show the selectors they made a mistake leaving him out. He could be a very tricky customer for the Kiwis, swining the ball at 140km+. <br/><br/>
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Top Australian Batsman
Usman Khawaja has been the story of the summer so far, scoring 50's and 100's in all formats of the game and playing plenty of game changing innings. The Australian hit 25 fours in Wellington and looked a million dollars. If New Zealand want to win this game they need to take his scalp early doors and get into the middle order. I'm backing him to be top Australian batsman at $4.33.
Man of the Match
Most test matches now are dominated by the bat, this will be no different. This is why i'm on Usman Khawaja to be Man of the Match.