'Definitely Different': NZ Bullish Won't Lose Momentum Without Crowds

'Definitely Different': NZ Bullish Won't Lose Momentum Without Crowds Photo: TT
New Zealand's captain Kane Williamson (2R) celebrates with teammates after the dismissal of Australia's Matthew Wade

New Zealand are bullish playing behind closed doors won’t impact their momentum as they seek to seal a T20 International series victory against Australia ahead of Wednesday’s third match in Wellington.

The Auckland lockdown has significantly impacted the series which will be played entirely in the New Zealand capital moving forward, while games will also be forced behind closed doors with no crowds in attendance.

The Black Caps had been roared on by healthy crowds in Christchurch and Dunedin in the opening two victories.

“It’s definitely different,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said.

“At the end of the day think it comes down to individuals’ attitudes around that and how they respond.

“Of course we love playing in front of crowds, but in this Covid era we need to be able to adapt and it’s something we pride ourselves and hope you see a really good performance out of us still.”

The Black Caps have been aided by strong batting performances led by 90s from both Devon Conway and Martin Guptill in the opening two T20Is.

Big quick Kyle Jamieson could be squeezed out of New Zealand XI after being expensive, while Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Ish Sodhi have been good.

Australia had already floated changes to their side, with Ashton Agar expected to make way, while they may mix up their attack to limit New Zealand’s free scoring.

Among Australia’s bowling options to come in are Jason Behrendorff and Andrew Tye plus uncapped pair Tanveer Sangha and Riley Meredith.

Ben somerford
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