Pressure on experienced Blackcaps duo

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.

CWC 15: Big Sri Lankan challenge awaits Australia

Australia is still a side looked at as big CWC contenders despite a tight squeeze in Pool A heading towards the finals.

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The Australian media slammed the performance of the side following their batting collapse and eventual narrow lose to New Zealand last Saturday.

Despite Australia’s bounce back coming against an associate nation, Australia returned to their dominant best yesterday against the U.A.E in Perth.

Posting 417 batting first, Australia never looked anything but certain and thumped the U.A.E by a record 275-runs.

Warner blasted 178, before Glenn Maxwell bashed 88.

Mitchell Johnson took 4 wickets with the ball, pace bowlers Josh Hazlewood and Mitch Starc joined with two wickets each.

Shane Watson has been dropped from the side for the returning power of James Faulkner, though Faulkner failed to deliver in his first match back.

Australia currently sit third in Pool A, and if they beat Sri Lanka on Sunday, will qualify for the quarter finals, where they could play South Africa, and if successful in that bout, a potential rematch with New Zealand back at Eden Park.

Sri Lanka are fresh off a dominant victory over England in Wellington last Sunday.

Sunday’s clash against Sri Lanka will be crucial for the Australian’s to win and win well.