Australia’s batting might gives them series sweep and 100th T20I win


New Zealand won the toss and decided to bowl against Australia

Captain Mitchell Santner won the toss and elected to bowl as New Zealand seeks a consolation victory against Australia in the T20I series finale at a gloomy Eden Park.

Both teams have made numerous changes with New Zealand wicketkeeper-batter Devon Conway ruled out after suffering a left thumb injury during game two and he is in doubt for the Test series opener against Australia.

Tim Seifert, who was initially ruled out of the T20I series with an abductor injury, replaces Conway and has been listed to bat at No.3. Spinner Ish Sodhi comes back into the team with quick bowler Lockie Ferguson, who starred in the opening two games, resting.

Batter Rachin Ravindra will again miss as he recovers from knee soreness that he first experienced after his half-century in game one.

In their final T20 match until the World Cup, Australia continue to tinker with their line-up as captain Mitchell Marsh has a breather. Batting allrounder Matthew Short replaces Marsh at No.3, while Matthew Wade takes the captaincy reins.

Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood have been rested and replaced by left-arm quicks Mitchell Starc and Spencer Johnson.

David Warner has been ruled out with an adductor injury, which means Steve Smith gets another chance at the top of the order.

Rain has fallen in Auckland during the morning and showers are forecast during the match.

Australia clinched the Chappell-Hadlee series after a 72-run thrashing in game two following a last-ball thriller in Wellington.

Australia 1 Steven Smith, 2 Travis Head, 3 Matt Short, 4 Glenn Maxwell, 5 Josh Inglis, 6 Tim David, 7 Matthew Wade (capt & wk), 8 Mitchell Starc, 9 Nathan Ellis, 10 Adam Zampa, 11 Spencer Johnson

New Zealand 1 Finn Allen, 2 Will Young, 3 Tim Seifert (wk), 4 Glenn Phillips, 5 Mark Chapman, 6 Josh Clarkson, 7 Mitch Santner (capt), 8 Adam Milne, 9 Ish Sodhi, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Ben Sears

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