Australia tour of New Zealand: Australian team’s assistant coach Andrew McDonald has pledged to bring their ‘A-game’ in the upcoming 5-match T20I series, starting on Feb 22, in New Zealand.
Australia limited-overs captain Aaron Finch. (AP Photo)
- We’ve got our work cut out for the T20I tour: Andrew McDonald
- This is the best side in New Zealand cricket history: McDonald
- The five-match T20I series in New Zealand starts on Feb 22
Following a 2-1 defeat against India in the recently concluded Test series at home, Australia will tour New Zealand for five T20Is, starting on February 22. The touring side arrived in Christchurch, on Sunday, and are currently in hotel quarantine.
Australia’s assistant coach Andrew McDonald, who is also in quarantine with the team, is confident ahead of facing the best side that New Zealand have ever produced. Kane Williamson’s Blackcaps are the top-ranked Test team in the moment and are the first to qualify for the World Test Championship final.
“We’ve got our work cut out, they’ve got quality players across the board. I think it’s hands down the best period of cricket in New Zealand history and some of these players we’re currently seeing for New Zealand are going to go down as the greats and that makes them a very tough team to play against.”
With the first match scheduled on February 22, at the Hagley Oval, the Australian team will complete their quarantine on the morning of the T20I. A round of COVID-19 tests on Thursday will decide if the visitors will be allowed to train and also check the feasibility of the tour. The Australian men’s team recently called off their tour to South Africa over coronavirus concerns.
“If you look at their success it’s been underpinned in red ball cricket by a quality bowling attack. I think that bowling attack will probably go down as New Zealand’s best bowling attack and in white ball cricket also they’ve got some really good complimenting skillsets. They’re a smart cricket team and we’ll have our work cut out here and there’s no doubt they’re a tough team to beat on their home turf,” McDonald said.
“It’s a great challenge and the guys are looking forward to touring over here and playing good competitive cricket against a quality side. We’ve got full respect for the Kiwis and what they’ve been able to achieve. We’re going to have our work cut out and we’re going to have to bring our A game [in order] to compete and hopefully win the series,” he added.