Australia vs New Zealand: The Trans-Tasman clash awaits us at Sydney Cricket Ground as Australia look to defend its title against the arch-rivals New Zealand in the opening fixture of the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup 2022 on Saturday, October 22.
However, ahead of the much-awaited opening fixtures between the two T20I giants, fans must be mulling over the perfect fantasy picks to shape up their Dream11 Team. On that note, we at ProBatsman bring you the best five players for your fantasy playing XI.
1. David Warner
The star Australian opener was adjudged Player of the tournament at the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup. After leading his team to a maiden T20 World Cup title in the UAE, he must be looking to replicate the last year’s heroics on his home soil.
Warner is capable of providing a flying start to the hosts, given he strikes at 151.79 against the arch-rivals New Zealand in the shortest format of the game. He also has two belligerent half-centuries against New Zealand in eight T20Is.
David Warner – T20I Career Stats
2. Glenn Maxwell
The stylish right-handed batter might have failed to deliver good performances in the recent past but he possesses good numbers against New Zealand in the quickest format.
The Victoria all-rounder has scored 234 runs at a strike rate of 157.04 in 10 T20I matches he played against the Kiwis. He also has picked four wickets against the arch-rivals and can be a handy pick for this clash.
Glenn Maxwell – T20I Career Stats
3. Glenn Phillips
The New Zealand wicket-keeper batter will be one of the key players for them, given he is the highest run-scorer for the Black Caps this year with 449 runs, which he accumulated at an average of 50 and a strike rate of 153.77.
Glenn Phillips – T20I Career Stats
4. Devon Conway
He has been in the ominous form currently. He was the highest run-getter in the recently played tri-series with 233 runs in 5 matches. Overall, he has accumulated 339 runs this year and will be one of the key batters for New Zealand.
Devon Conway – T20I Career Stats
5. Trent Boult
The frontline pacer of New Zealand will be the trump card for the Kiwis on the pace-embedded bouncy pitches of Australia. The left-arm pacer has got brilliant bowling records against Australian skipper Aaron Finch and star opener David Warner. On the bowling front, he can be a reliable pick for your fantasy team.
Trent Boult – T20I Career Stats