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Australia vs. New Zealand second Test: Hosts ‘backed to secure successive wins’ in Melbourne

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The battle continues between Australia and New Zealand in their three Test series, with the hosts 1-0 up after a comfortable win in the first Test.

The second Test starts in Melbourne on Wednesday, where the visitors will be out for revenge after losing by 296 runs last time out.

It’s currently 1/3 for another Australia victory. A draw is currently 7/1. And New Zealand are 5/1 to tie the series.

Marnus Labuschagne shone for the hosts in that resounding win in Perth. He hit 143 and 50 in the first and second innings respectively. The 25-year-old is unsurprisingly 1/7 to once again be his side’s top scorer.

Steve Smith is available at 8/1 to be the top Aussie batsman, with David Warner currently 10/1. Joe Burns top scored with 53 in Australia’s second innings last time, and he’s 16/1 to do it again.

Ross Taylor was the standout batsman for the visitors, hitting 80 in their first innings.

Taylor is currently 2/5 to be New Zealand’s top batsman again.

Kane Williamson is 11/2, with Tom Latham, Colin de Grandhomme and BJ Watling all 12/1.

Australia’s Mitchell Starc helped himself to nine wickets across the two innings in Perth. He’s 2/7 to once again be his side’s top bowler.

He’s followed by Nathan Lyon and Pat Cummins at 3/10 and 10/1 respectively. James Pattinson is available at 20/1.

New Zealand’s Tim Southee also bagged five wickets. He’s 4/7 to be his side’s top bowler at the MCG. Neil Wagner took seven wickets last time out, and is 7/4 to outperform his team-mate Southee this time around.

Trent Boult can be backed at 20/1, with Mitchell Santner currently 25/1.

The final meeting between the pair takes place in Sydney next month. Australia will then take on India in three ODI matches, before three T20 games against South Africa. 

The Aussies then return to the ODI format against South Africa, before once again meeting New Zealand in the ODI and T20 formats.

But all eyes are on Melbourne, where Australia’s Smith is 11/2 to pick up the man of the match award. He’s followed by team-mates Warner and Labuschagne at 15/2 and 8/1 respectively.

Starc and Williamson are available at 9/1 to be the standout performer throughout the second Test, with Cummins currently 10/1.

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