New Zealand came into the test series against Australia expecting that they may be able to challenge the hosts on their own turf. This is because New Zealand are ranked higher than the Aussies. So, here are the top three things that we learned from Australia’s Test series win over New Zealand:
1) Superb Starc
Mitchell Starc has had a superb season for Australia. He was terrific in the ODI World Cup and has now carried that form into the test series. The New Zealand batsmen were unable to cope with the pace and swing offered by Starc. He managed to trouble them on a consistent basis, leading his team’s bowling attack.
2) Kane Struggle
Kane Williamson is one of the best batsmen in the world. He has the ability to dominate any bowling attack. However, in this series, he has been relatively quiet with the bat in hand. He has not managed to dominate the bowling as he can. He has been particularly vulnerable against James Pattinson, which is not a good sign for New Zealand.
3) Labuschagne Magic
Marnus Labuschagne has continued his fine form with the bat. He managed to punish the Kiwi bowlers. He has now reached a career-high test ranking of number 4 in the world. While Steve Smith had a relatively quiet series, Labuschagne has made sure that his team scores a high total every time they walk out to bat.
To sum up, this series has not been as closely fought as everyone expected it to be. The Aussies have been in prime form, and have managed to seal the series by winning the first two tests. New Zealand will be hoping to get a consolation win in the final test.