Australia are in the perfect position to snare victory in Brisbane today, but for a New Zealand perspective, a lot of pressure is on the current partnership of captain Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor – two of the most experienced heads in the squad.
A win is possible for the Blackcaps, but unlikely.
A lot will need to go Brendon McCullum’s way, including the weather potentially, but seeing out a day of cricket with seven wickets left in the shed has been done many times before, despite the general feeling that this Blackaps side isn’t up to the task.
It seems that a lot of the Blackcaps chances of holding on for a draw rest on the partnership between Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor.
Sure, Jimmy Neesham and BJ Watling can certainly bat long periods of time, but after them, the resistance in the batting order to an Australian bowling attack featuring the likes of Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson is fairly weak.
Many would say that Australia must take wickets early in the opening session to be confident of victory. This is potentially wrong, both Taylor and McCullum are batsmen who can get set and get out quickly in all forms of the game.
Quite simply, this match will go down to the wire until the last half hour of the day, and if New Zealand has wickets in the shed at that point, they will go a long way to securing the draw.
McCullum shouldn’t go out to the crease today with the mindset of winning, he has to reign himself in and bat time.