Australia vs New Zealand 1st Test Preview

November 29, 2011, 12:10 pmYahoo!7

A preview of the 1st Test Match between Australia and New Zealand.

Australia vs New Zealand 1st Test Preview

With injuries decimating the Australian test team, an inexperienced Australian bowling attack will give the Kiwi's plenty of heart heading into the Gabba Test Match. Ben Cutting, James Pattinson and Mitchell Starc are all uncapped rookies while exciting batting proposition David Warner is very likely to make his first test cap wearing the Baggy Green. David has shown plenty of promise in developing as a batsman and no better stage than against the Kiwi's on home soil. New Zealand on the other hand will be bouyed by the recent drawn match against Australia A. Centruies by McCullum (146), Ryder (175) and Taylor (138) will no doubt give the Black Caps plenty of confidence when the first test commences this Friday. Purely from a spectators perceptive, this will no doubt be a test that will generate interest. From a tipping point of view it may well be a flip of the coin when deciding which team will win.

Head to Head @ The Gabba
Australia 6 Wins, NZ 1 win & 1 Drawn

Head to Head Last 5 Matches Played
Australia 9 wickets Auckland 2005
Australia 149 runs Brisbane 2008
Australia inns & 62 runs Adelaide 2008
Australia 10 wickets Wellington 2010
Australia 176 runs Hamilton 2010

FIRST TEST SQUADs
Australia v New Zealand
(WK) = Wicket Keeper
(c) = Captain
(vc) = Vice Captain
(HS) Highest Test Score
(W) Most Wickets in a Test match

Australia
Michael Clarke (c) (168HS 6w)
Brad Haddin (vc, WK) (169HS)
Ben Cutting (Test Debut)
Phil Hughes (160HS)
Mike Hussey (195HS 2w)
Usman Khawaja (65HS)
Nathan Lyon (14HS 6w)
James Pattinson (Test Debut)
Ricky Ponting (257HS 1w)
Peter Siddle (43HS 8w)
Mitchell Starc (Test Debut)
David Warner (Test Debut)

New Zealand
Ross Taylor (c) (154*HS 2w)
Trent Boult (46HS 8w)
Doug Bracewell (1*HS 6w)
Dean Brownlie (63HS 1w)
Martin Guptill (189HS) 3w)
Chris Martin (12*HS 11w)
Brendon McCullum (WK) (225HS)
Jesse Ryder (201HS 2w)
Tim Southee (77*HS 6w)
Daniel Vettori (140HS 12w)
BJ Watling (60*HS)
Kane Williamson (131HS 1w)
Reece Young (WK)(57HS)