Leading two-nil in the series, New Zealand has a great chance to seal the series early.
The two sides will be going into the third game with a few changes from what they may have expected.
With a new Covid-19 case in New Zealand, Auckland has gone back into lockdown, resulting in a venue change.
The third T20I is now in Wellington, along with the remaining fixtures.
The remaining games will be played behind closed doors as a precaution, but the task remains the same for Australia.
The Australians need to win each of their remaining games to take the series.
Both sides came into the series with varying approaches.
New Zealand bought a near full-strength team, while Australia stacked their side with BBL stars as the tour was scheduled to clash with the Australian Tests.
Despite the two defeats, Australia may find some spark with their young side in the second T20I.
Facing a stiff target, Marcus Stoinis and Daniel Sams took the game close and nearly pulled off a surprising victory.
The Australians have struggled with the ball, as both games saw New Zealand get good scores.
Along with the bowling, the top-order has been an issue.
Aaron Finch has carried his lousy run from the BBL to New Zealand and has been struggling to impact the series.
Matthew Wade, his partner at the top, has been marginally better, finding some touch in the second T20I, but the openers are yet to make an impact on the series.
Glenn Maxwell is another player who has struggled with the bat, having made four runs in the two games.
There has been some response from the middle-order, with few players taking the chance to grab the spotlight.
The leading run-scorer in the Big Bash looks good in the second T20I, along with Daniel Sams and Marcus Stoinis.
New Zealand, on the other hand, will come into the third game with high confidence.
Martin Guptill’s return to form and Devon Conway’s consistency has looked encouraging, while Jimmy Neesham has shown his growth as a limited-overs batsman.
In both T20Is, Jimmy Neesham has given the side a substantial boost in the end and provided some game-changing knocks.
Going into the next game, New Zealand’s only concerns could be with Tim Seifert and Kyle Jamieson.
Tim Seifert has scored four runs in the two games and will need to step up after the venue change.
Kyle Jamieson has looked a little off-color in both games, going for 56 in the second game.
After a promising start to his career, Jamieson may finally feel some pressure as he goes for runs.
Both squads will now be coming off an unplanned break, as the venue has been changed and the T20 has been delayed.
The break may do well for the Australians and players like Seifert, and Jamieson, who haven’t been up to the mark.
Devon Conway has been in prime form over the last few games with three ninety-plus scores in his previous T20s.
He started the series well with a 99 but made only two in the second game, coming in during the eighteenth.
Despite the low score, his recent games’ consistent performances make him a player to watch out for.
Marcus Stoinis nearly pulled off a victory with his sensational innings in the second T20I.
He has been bowling occasionally as well, and with his batting on track, he may be a handy player across the field.
The batting line-up for New Zealand is likely to be unchanged, with most of the players stepping up to the task.
Despite the bowling struggles, New Zealand may be reluctant to change their bowling and play an unchanged line-up.
- Martin Guptil
- Tim Seifert
- Kane Williamson
- Devon Conway
- Glenn Phillips
- Jimmy Neesham
- Mitchell Santner
- Kyle Jamieson
- Tim Southee
- Ish Sodhi
- Trent Boult
Unlike New Zealand, Australia may consider some changes to their bowling attack by playing an extra pacer.
Australia has a handy bunch of all-rounders, which may prompt them to strengthen their batting and find overs from their all-rounders.
- Matthew Wade
- Aaron Finch
- Josh Philippe
- Glenn Maxwell
- Marcus Stoinis
- Mitchell Marsh
- Daniel Sams
- Ashton Agar/D’Arcy Short/Andrew Tye
- Jhye Richardson
- Kane Richardson
- Adam Zampa
Pitch and Conditions:
The weather is likely to be cloudy with no rain.
The ground in Wellington is known to have the lowest run-rate among the grounds in New Zealand.
Despite a lower run-rate, teams may be better equipped to chase smaller boundaries providing them a strategic advantage.