Stuff – There’s something special about New Zealand and Australia at Eden Park.


  • It could be a prelude to next Wednesday’s final, which is at the same venue, with Australia already sure of their place, and the Black Caps needing one win from their final two games – the other is against England in Hamilton on Sunday – to ensure the local fans have someone to cheer for.
  • A fortnight ago, Australia thumped the Black Caps in Sydney, winning the rain-hit series opener by seven wickets with plenty of room to spare, and looked to be on another level.
  • If the Black Caps’ top order of Guptill, Colin Munro and Kane Williamson fail again, as they did in Sydney, or if Australia’s top order get off to a flyer, the home fans will probably be in for a painful night.
  • If Guptill and Williamson carry their form through from Tuesday, where they made 65 and 72, it would help set up a real contest, and if the Black Caps’ seamers make early inroads, it would help keep the target reasonable – anything over 160 would be a real challenge.
  • An ace up the Black Caps’ sleeve might be the home crowd, who the visitors seem to regard with a bit of apprehension, having heard their coach, Darren Lehmann, tell a yarn about a big salmon they once produced.

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