December 10, 2019 / 9:23 AM / 2 months ago

Australia v New Zealand test series

(Reuters) - Factbox on the test series between Australia and New Zealand, which begins in Perth on Thursday (times GMT):

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First test Dec. 12-16 Perth (0500)

Second test Dec. 26-30 Melbourne (2330)

Third test Jan. 3-7 Sydney (2330)

AUSTRALIA

World ranking: 5

Captain: Tim Paine

Coach: Justin Langer

Top ranked batsman: Steve Smith (2)

Top ranked bowler: Pat Cummins (1)

Squad: David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Travis Head, Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc.

NEW ZEALAND

World ranking: 2

Captain: Kane Williamson

Coach: Gary Stead

Top ranked batsman: Kane Williamson (3)

Top ranked bowler: Neil Wagner (4)

Squad: Todd Astle, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson.

TEST HEAD-TO-HEAD

Matches: 57

Australia wins: 31

New Zealand wins: 8

Draws: 18

LAST THREE SERIES

2011-12 Series drawn 1-1 in Australia

2015-16 Australia beat New Zealand 2-0 in Australia

2015-16 Australia beat New Zealand 2-0 in New Zealand

Compiled by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru, editing by Nick Mulvenney and Peter Rutherford

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