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Australia releases the starting lineup for their first Test matchup with New Zealand


<p>Australia will play the first Test of the two-match series against New Zealand beginning on February 29 with the same playing XI that they used against the West Indies in the day-night Test in Brisbane. Wellington’s Basin Reserve will host the first Test match.</p>
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<p>Since David Warner’s retirement, the defending World Test champions have only made one alteration to their starting lineup, bringing in great all-arounder Cameron Green. In the home series against Pakistan, Green was warming the bench in David Warner’s presence. Now, he has been handed a crucial position in the middle order.</p>
<p>Green has moved up in the batting order as a result of Steve Smith being moved up in the order to open. The 24-year-old all-rounder was benched after Mitchell Marsh’s ascent to prominence, where he had batted for the Australians in the lower middle order.</p>
<p>In the meanwhile, fans anticipate an exciting Test series between the Trans-Tasman foes. With a PCT (Points Percentage System) of 55.00, the current World Test champions are ranked third in the World Test Championship (WTC 2023–25 cycle) points table, while the Blackcaps, the winners of the first WTC championship, are at the top of the rankings with a PCT of 75.00.</p>
<p>Australia XI:</p>
<p>Steve Smith, Usman Khawaja, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Travis Head, Alex Carey (wk), Marnus Labuschagne, Cameron Green, and Mitchell Marsh.</p>
<p>Australia’s test team:</p>
<p>Scott Boland, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Michael Neser, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (vc), Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins (c), Alex Carey, Cameron Green, Marnus Labuschagne, and Nathan Lyon</p>
<p>Test team from New Zealand:</p>
<p>Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Will O’Rourke, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, Will Young, and Tim Southee (c) are the players on the team.</p>


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