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Matthew Wade to captain Australia in New Zealand ODIs

Matthew Wade to captain Australia in New Zealand ODIs

New Zealand and Australia are meeting for the second time in two months following last year's second Chappell-Hadlee One Day International series, which the latter won at home 3-0.

Pakistan's ODI captain Azhar Ali has been given a one-match suspension by the ICC for his side's slow over rate during the fifth ODI against Australia in Adelaide on Sunday.

Vice-captain David Warner is being rested for the New Zealand tour and selectors had discussed reinstating the left-handed opener with Smith being ruled out. Captain Steve Smith will also miss the series due to an ankle injury, and wicketkeeper Matthew Wade will now lead the team in the absence of Smith.

Pakistan needed to pull off the highest successful ODI chase on Australian soil to keep the series alive but lacked the required firepower in their batting and were bundled out for 267 with six overs remaining in their innings. However, chances are bright for AB de Villiers to claim the World No.1 Ranking in ODIs and for that he should do well for South Africa in the upcoming 5 match ODI series against Sri Lanka which will start on January 28. And straight after this series, several of their squad members head off for a Test tour of India.

Mitchell Starc has only played one worldwide match in New Zealand, but it's no secret he's a fan of the country's swinging conditions.

The previous series turned into a nightmare for New Zealand as Australia whitewashed them in December 2016.

Babar Azam (100) and Sharjeel Khan (79) kept alive Pakistan's hopes of chasing down a 370-run victory target but they collapsed for 312 in the final over as Australia wrapped up the series 4-1. Tom Latham (wk), 3. The match is scheduled to be played at the Eden Park in Auckland on Monday.

On the other hand, with the likes of in-form Tom Latham, skipper Williamson and experienced Ross Taylor and Neil Broom, New Zealand batting unit looks strong.

Australia: Matthew Wade (capt, wk), Pat Cummins, James Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Sam Heazlett, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Billy Stanlake, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Adam Zampa.

Amid all the talk of the Eden Park postage stamp dimensions, the recent statistics are a sharp reminder that all that glisters isn't necessarily gold for batsmen eyeing the short boundaries.

"We've spoken about giving ourselves a bit more time", Starc said.


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