Aaron Finch: “Looks like a really good wicket and I don’t think it will change much. We’ll back in our batters. Josh Philippe is making his debut today. It’s a great opportunity for him.”
Kane Williamson: “We were going to have a bowl first as well. It feels like a wee while since our last international but it’s great to be back. Hamish Bennett and Mark Chapman miss out.”
The Black Caps have only made one change from the side that last played against Pakistan before Christmas. Mitchell Santner in for Scott Kuggeleijn.
NZ vs AUS Highlights today Monday, 2-22-2021 – 1st T20I (N), Australia tour of New Zealand from Hagley Oval, Christchurch.
Australia won the toss and chose to bowl first.
New Zealand team: Martin Guptill, Tim Seifert (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.
Australia team: Aaron Finch (c), Matthew Wade (wk), Josh Philippe, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh, Daniel Sams, Ashton Agar, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Adam Zampa.
Match Timings: 06:00 GMT | 19:00 Local
Umpires – Chris Brown, Chris Gaffaney
TV Umpires – Wayne Knights
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire – Shaun Haig
Match number – T20 No. 1123