Australia’s international summer of cricket will come to a close in their neighbour’s backyard this Wednesday. Contesting the final of the T20i tri-series against New Zealand, David Warner’s side will enter the fixture as firm favourites after winning all four of their games in the competition so far. Perhaps the most notable victory was in their previous fixture when they chased down the Kiwis’ mammoth 243 total with seven balls to spare. In that respect, the Aussies will take plenty of confidence into this and regardless of the position they find themselves in, they will back their extraordinarily deep batting order to rescue the situation. Although the Kiwis can’t be written off completely, they have suffered two consecutive losses in this series and have struggled to cope with the Green & Gold’s firepower in this format of the game. In eight previous meetings with their trans-Tasman rival, the Black Caps have only managed to win two matches, one of which required a super over. That said, the presence of Mitchell Santner will be very welcomed by the home team and with Martin Guptill in red-hot form, they will be quietly confident of springing the upset.
Key Stat: Australia has won each of their past five T20i matches by five wickets or more
D’Arcy Short has well and truly announced himself to the Australian public this season. The Northern Territory product racked up 500+ runs in the Big Bash and has started his international T20 career with a bang, scoring his first half-century last match (76) and two 30+ scores in the two matches previous. Paying $4 to be the Australian High Bat, he is on the top line of betting alongside with Chris Lynn and David Warner. It may also be worth casting the eye a little wider given the incredible value available on Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch. Both Batsman are at $6+ odds which is very generous given the form both are currently enjoying. For the Kiwis, the aforementioned Martin Guptill is sure to be heavily backed by punters. The powerful opener has racked up scores of 62, 105, 65 in his past three innings and lifted his career T20i average to 34.61 at a very respectable strike-rate of 132.82.
Key stat: This series, Glenn Maxwell has an average of 106.5 (four innings) and Aaron Finch has an average of 56 (two innings).