- Sep 29, 2006
- AFL Club
After a quite frankly shitful pair of Tests against Pakistan we enter this series with high hopes of some good tight cricket. Having beaten England at home the Kiwis will have confidence coming over here and appear to have a settled and well balanced team with a number of players ranked in the ICC top ten despite injury clouds hanging over Boult and de Grandhomme who are in the squad but no certainties to play in Perth. It's difficult to read much into our performances against Pakistan, certainly a number of players scored runs but I'd expect the New Zealand bowling bowling to be a class above the Pakistanis. Travis Head would be the batsman most under pressure going into the series, his 25 in Brisbane was let down by a terrible dismissal and through no fault of his own he played no part in the Adelaide. Our bowling attack looks to be steady and settled and while Neser is in the squad you'd imagine changes would only be brought about through injury or pitch conditions. Australia will enter the series favourites but unlike the last time they were here, New Zealand have a good lead in to the series and could surprise.