The upcoming Cricket test match on Boxing Day between New Zealand and Australia has several promising players selected for the Australia team. For instance, Riley Meredith is the Tasmania paceman and he has been selected by Australian selectors who have asked him to keep up his ability to take wickets. Speculations are there that an international call up could take place.
Choice of Warne: Meredith
Meredith has much promise as he was also the pick of the team when they launched the Hobart attack. The team suffered a defeat to the Melbourne Stars. This game took place recently at a Big Bash League that took place in December at Moe.
Shane Warne is known to be the key man behind choosing Meredith; he has backed this young player as he made his international debut. Meredith is 23 years of age and has claimed 51 wickets and played in a total of 16 matches of the first-class category; he has obtained 21 scalps in a total of 17 games of BBL category. A teammate would be joining the national selection team, George Bailey, 37 years of age. As he joins the chairman board of selectors there would be several of his teammates of Hurricanes team asking him to keep them in mind, along with Meredith.
Most of the selectors are giving young players more time to step up their game, such as taking wickets and improving the way they play the game. For players like Meredith, they need to find their strengths such as the format which is their favorite. T20 is usually the format that works best for most but they are encouraged to try the different formats and build their performance levels accordingly.
Potential of Khan
Rashid Khan, an Afghan spinner, helped the Strikers get their victory for the first time when they played for the opponent team Scorchers. Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald also helped the Strikers in this win. The result was a win with a run count of 15 over Scorchers.
Khan was able to turn the game around when he dismissed Liam Livingstone as well as Josh Inglis in deliveries one after another. Ricky Ponting, former captain of the country, stated that Inglis made an attempt to sweep a shot after his opening partner was bowled out and that mistake led to him being ousted from the field as well. He went for 30 off the opening of two overs. Being a leg spinner, he turned events in favor of his team when he picked off the Englishman for 69 and then bowled over Josh Inglis.
With these two wickets taken by Rashid Khan, he was able to secure a win over 15 runs for the Strikers team. It was a blockbuster match against the Scorchers that the fans experienced in the weekend counting up to Christmas at the Adelaide Oval stadium.
Upcoming Test Match on Boxing Day
Three Test matches have been part of the schedule of the Test series being played between Australia and New Zealand. New Zealand has been touring Australia for November and it ends before the year-end. This is part of a larger series, the Trans-Tasman trophy; it is the inaugural part of the Test Championship series spanning 2019-21. In the first Test match, Australia won over their neighboring country with a total of 296 runs. Mitchell Starc was the key to helping Australia win as he alone took nine wickets. The upcoming second match would be on Boxing Day, the venue being MCG. New Zealand would be returning to Australia to play the third match in March 2020.
The Test series is sure to see several memorable moments; besides the nine wickets taken by Mitchell Starc in the first game, it also saw Aleem Dar, the on field umpire from Pakistan, stand for his 129th match of the Test category. His record surpassed the record set by Steve Bucknor of Jamaica who till now holds the largest number among Test matches.
Needless to say, this series will test the capabilities of many new players, especially for them to play in international games. Fans have something to look forward to during the holiday season and in the New Year as the matches would take place in popular cricket cities of the country.