India Prepare For New Zealand After Third T20 Against Australia Is Called Off

The third and deciding T20 match between India and Australia in Hyderabad was called off due to a soggy outfield. The final T20 was to be a series decider and Indian cricketing fans were looking forward to see India triumph in yet another series. It wasn’t to be as three weeks of consistent rain in Hyderabad proved too much for the ground staff to handle and the match referee Richie Richardson decided that the outfield was too wet for the players to take the field.

New Zealand – Next Challenge

Team India will not have much of a break as they prepare for 3 ODIs and 3 T20s against New Zealand at home. The first ODI is expected to take place on October 22nd in Mumbai, the second on October 25 in Pune and the third and final ODI will take place on October 29 in Kanpur.

The teams will not have much of a break as the first T20 will take place on Nov 1 in Delhi, the second on November 4 in Rajkot and the final T20 will be held on Nov 7 in Thiruvananthapuram.

India will once again start the series as the favorite but will know that just like the Aussies, the Kiwis have a very strong ODI and T20 side. India are yet to announce their squad for the New Zealand series but in all likelihood they will retain the same squad that played against Australia. The biggest challenge for India is to stabilize their middle-order and decide if they want to continue to persist with M Pandey or replace him with the likes of D Karthik or KL Rahul.

New Zealand Stick With Core Squad

New Zealand is expected to stick with their core group of players for the India series. Coach Mike Hesson said that he will be keeping a close watch on the New Zealand A side which is currently touring India and will pick a few players who have been performing well.

In a statement, Hesson said “The nine we’ve picked have made up the core of our ODI team for a while and all of them have experience playing in India. With a number of our top guys already playing in India, it’s helpful to be able to select the squad in two parts. With six spots left, there’s an obvious incentive for the players in New Zealand A to perform and put their best foot forward.”