Day 2 Live Cricket, Australia vs New Zealand, 3rd Test, NZ vs AUS 3rd Test Live Score
Mitchell Swepson has been widely discussed as a potential inclusion for Australia, ahead of the tour to Bangladesh later this year, but he would have to displace either one of their in-form quicks or, more outlandishly, one of the top six.
Australia (probable) 1 David Warner, 2 Joe Burns, 3 Marnus Labuschagne, 4 Steven Smith, 5 Travis Head, 6 Matthew Wade, 7 Tim Paine (capt & wk), 8 Pat Cummins, 9 James Pattinson, 10 Mitchell Starc, 11 Nathan Lyon
Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls missed both training days ahead of the Test due to flu-like illness symptoms, with Tom Latham set to captain in Williamson’s stead if he is ruled out. Matt Henry is a strong chance to play, and Will Somerville, the former NSW spin bowler, looks likely to come into the side also.
New Zealand (probable): 1 Tom Latham, 2 Tom Blundell, 3 Kane Williamson (capt), 4 Ross Taylor, 5 Henry Nicholls, 6 BJ Watling (wk), 7 Colin de Grandhomme, 8 Tim Southee, 9 Matt Henry, 10 Will Somerville, 11 Neil Wagner
Pitch and conditions
The old adage about “in England you don’t look down, you look up” for prevailing conditions will have a strange echo in Sydney this week, with the likelihood of smoke haze enveloping the SCG, particularly on the Saturday, due to the unprecedented rolling thunder of bushfires across the south-east of Australia this summer. Some rain is also forecast for the final two days of the game The pitch can be expected to take some spin.