Player vs Player Stats: Australia vs New Zealand ICC World T20 2016

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After defeating India in the opening game of the ICC World T20 in Nagpur, New Zealand take on Australia on Friday, hoping to exact some revenge for their loss in the ICC World Cup 2015. While the Kiwis are already off to a winning start, Australia will be looking to continue their winning run from the recently concluded 3-match T20I series against South Africa.

Although Australia hold the upper hand in terms of history, the Kiwis will be on cloud nine after winning their opening encounter against the favourites India.

Although the pair have faced each other across multiple formats, this will be the 1st clash between the two in a ICC World T20. Overall, in T20Is, Australia have won 4 and there has been a tie.

With one side considerably holding the upper hand in terms of history and the other in terms of recent form, it should certainly be interesting to see how the encounter on Friday turns out.

In this post, we statistically compare the expected playing line-up of both sides and attempt to judge which team will start the contest as favourites. The winner between each duo has been judged only by T20 career stats and not talent, form or any other thing.

Australia New Zealand Who’s better?
Aaron Finch

Runs –916, Avg – 39.82, SR – 152.92

Kane Williamson

Runs – 852, Avg – 35.50, SR – 125.84

Australia
Shane Watson

Runs – 1366, Avg – 28.45, SR – 145.01

Martin Guptill

Runs – 1672, Avg – 34.12, SR – 129.91

TIE
Steve Smith

Runs – 348, Avg – 20.47, SR – 122.96

Colin Munro

Runs – 389, Avg – 24.31, SR – 158.13

New Zealand
David Warner

Runs – 1595, Avg – 29.53, SR – 140.77

Ross Taylor

Runs – 1175, Avg – 23.97, SR – 119.89

Australia
Glenn Maxwell

Runs – 502, Avg – 21.82, SR – 160.38

Grant Elliott

Runs – 116, Avg – 14.50, SR – 100.86

Sample too

small to judge

Peter Nevill

Runs – 4, Avg – 4, SR – 80

Luke Ronchi

Runs – 309, Avg – 22.07, SR – 141.09

Sample too

small to judge

James Faulkner

Runs – 124, Avg – 20.66, SR – 114.81

Wickets – 19, Avg – 23.26, RPO – 8.23

Corey Anderson

Runs – 263, Avg – 21.91, SR – 131.50

Wickets – 12, Avg – 35.75, RPO – 8.41

TIE
Mitchell Marsh

Runs – 103, Avg – 25.75, SR – 137.33

Wickets – 3, Avg – 35.66, RPO – 8.91

Mitchell Santner

Runs – 29, Avg – 9.66, SR – 78.37

Wickets – 11, Avg – 10.27, RPO – 5.65

Sample too

small to judge

Adam Zampa

Wickets – 0, Avg – , RPO – 6.12

Nathan McCullum

Wickets – 57, Avg – 22.31, RPO – 6.86

Sample too

small to judge

Nathan Coulter-Nile

Wickets – 20, Avg – 20, RPO – 8.16

Trent Boult

Wickets – 15, Avg – 21.73, RPO – 7.95

Sample too

small to judge

Josh Hazlewood

Wickets – 7, Avg – 29.28, RPO – 10.25

Tim Southee

Wickets – 46, Avg – 25.69, RPO – 8.62

Sample too

small to judge

Australia 2 – 1 New Zealand

NOTE: The lineups mentioned above are predicted teams and might not actually be the playing lineup that take to the field on Friday.

Summary

While both teams have a settled top order, the middle-order is filled with some big-hitters on both ends while the Australian bowling attack is significantly short on experience when compared to their rivals.

Given the wealth of IPL experience the Australians possess, they have the more explosive batting line-up, even if the two sides are evenly matched when it comes to experience in the batting order.

As far as the bowlers are concerned, the Kiwis holds the advantage as they have the more experienced bowling attack than Australia, whether it is in the pace department or spinners.

On paper, Australia have the more explosive batting line-up while the Black Caps hold the upper hand when it comes to the bowling as they have more experience and wicket-taking bowlers. But given the confidence boosting win that the Kiwis enjoyed only a few days ago, they will go in as favourites into this Trans-Tasman clash.

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