Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum will lead New Zealand for the final time at Hagley Ovalgetty

New Zealand host Australia in the second and final Test of the Trans-Tasman Trophy on 20 February (Saturday) at Hagley Oval, Christchurch.

Where to watch live

Match starts at 9.30pm GMT. Live coverage of the game is available in the UK on Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports 2 HD. Click here for the live streaming link.

Overview

In what is Brendon McCullum's final international game, the hosts will look to beat rivals Australia in the second and final Test match at the Hagley Oval. Australia currently lead the two match series 1-0.

The hosts come into this game on the back of one of their worst displays at home, being thrashed by an innings and 52 runs at Wellington, their first loss at home since McCullum took over the captaincy. The batting failed to fire while their bowling looked ordinary, with Trent Boult and Tim Southee unable to find purchase from the surface. There are a number of critics of the new ball duo, arguing that they are only good on greentops, bowling well when the conditions suit them.

All eyes will be on skipper McCullum, who had a shocker of a first Test with the bat. The right-hander will be looking to fire and help the Kiwis level the series in the final Test of his career. Matt Henry is expected to replace Doug Bracewell who is injured, with Neil Wagner in contention if New Zealand decide to go with an all pace attack.

The visitors will look to continue in the same vein after their massive win in the first Test. In Usman Khawaja and Adam Voges they have two batsmen who can do no wrong. Khawaja during his knock of 140 scored his fourth consecutive first innings hundred while Voges's average shot up to 100 for a brief time while compiling 237 runs.

The men from down under, who need only a draw to become the world's number one Test team, will be without seamer Peter Siddle, who misses out due to an injury, with James Pattinson expected to take his place.

Prediction

New Zealand to win

Betting odds (betfair)

  • New Zealand to win: 15/8
  • Draw: 10/3
  • Australia to win: 5/6

Team news

New Zealand

Squad: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Brendon McCullum (c), Corey Anderson, BJ Watling (wk), Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Trent Boult

Australia

Squad: David Warner, Joe Burns, Usman Khawaja, Steven Smith (c), Adam Voges, Mitchell Marsh, Peter Nevill (wk), James Pattinson, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Jackson Bird