But this time out they will have a new foe to fend off, with New Zealand making up the third of the trio for what should be a fascinating series, and using the information provided here you won’t have to miss a minute of the action when watching live on TV or streaming the matches to a mobile device.
2018 Gillette T20 Intl Tri Series Preview
In terms of the three formats of the game, this is the one that challenges Australia the most. They are currently ranked number seven in the world, while England are fourth. New Zealand are the number one ranked side in the world and rightfully so after several dominating efforts in this form of the game, and they are so hard to beat at home, as Pakistan found out during a recent tour of the land of the long white cloud. For New Zealand to win this Series, or be any chance for that matter, they cannot afford to drop a game at home. They haven’t done that against England or Australia for a while now so they will go in the clear favourites.
England will take some confidence from the conclusion of their tour of Australia. They got smashed in the Ashes but did restore some pride with a win in the ODI Series. There was a sense that the Aussies would just roll over England in the 50 over format after embarrassing them in the Ashes, but the England ODI side is high class with some real strike power, both with bat and ball. That may well be the case again in the T20 format, but for Australia, the key man clearly is Chris Lynn. The big hitter for the Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash has shown glimpses of his brilliance for Australia in the past, but not on a consistent basis. Think he gets a great chance here. Also a big series for captain David Warner. For the most part, he had a poor ODI Series and will be looking to bounce in the format of the game that he does excel in, and fortunately you can find much of this exciting Cricket Australia series free to air in your city or state.
Australia v England v NZ Tri-series Live TV (AEDT):
- Friday 16 Feb in Auckland: T20 – Australia v NZ at 4.30pm (Foxtel)
- Sunday 18 Feb in Hamilton: T20 – England v NZ at 4.30pm (Foxtel)
- Wednesday 21 Feb in Auckland: Final – Australia v TBD at 4.30pm (Foxtel)
All events shown as Sydney time. Adjust for regional differences. Australia Cricket replays generally to be shown following the conclusion of each match.
Australian Cricket Live Streaming and a Free Trial
While you can find the first 3 fixtures of the 2018 Trans-Tasman T20 Tri Series free to Air in Australia (ch. 9), Fox Sports (Foxtel) will provide exclusive LIVE coverage of the matches held in New Zealand (February 13 – 21), as well as replays for those who want to enjoy the action at a later time.
Residents of Australia may wish to consider the Foxtel Now 2-weeks Free live TV offer, which will telecast these same exciting T20 Tri-series matches online (Feb 13-21)*, while also offering live Australian Cricket streaming to eligible mobile devices through the Foxtel Go app within minutes of getting started.
2018 Cricket Fixtures – Live and Exclusive
New Zealand v Pakistan: January 3-28
Trans-Tasman T20 Tri Series (NZ, AU, England): Feb 2-21 (matches in NZ only)
New Zealand v England: February 25 – April 3
South Africa v Australia: February 22 – April 3
England v Pakistan: May 24 – June 5
Australia v England: June 13-27
England v India: July 3 – September 11
New Zealand v South Africa Preview
The cricket continues for New Zealand as they host South Africa for all forms of the game, starting off with a T20 Cricket fixture at Eden Park before a five game ODI Series and then the tour ends with a three match Test Series, beginning on March 8 at University Oval. South Africa kind of lost their way a bit towards the end of their tour of Australia, but they went back home and produced some very good cricket against Sri Lanka and look in good form ahead of this tour, and you can stream Cricket in Australia live with the Foxtel Go app.
New Zealand toured South Africa in the middle part of 2015, losing the ODI Series 2-1 before South Africa went on to win the two Test Series 1-0, aided by some brilliant bowling from Dale Steyn and unbelievable batting from AB de Villiers, who has been away from the game for some time but is back to lead South Africa on the tour of New Zealand.
New Zealand vs South Africa LIVE TV Times
T20 Match: February 17, 5pm AET
First ODI: February 19, 12pm AET
Second ODI: February 22, 9am AET
Third ODI: February 25, 12pm AET
Fourth ODI: March 1, 12pm AET
Fifth ODI: March 4, 12pm AET
First Test: March 8, 8.30am AET
Second Test: March 16, 8.30am AET
Third Test: March 25, 8.30am AET
Australia vs New Zealand Preview
Recent results suggest that New Zealand will be hard to beat in front of their home fans after defeating Australia in this corresponding series last year 2-1, but the Aussies got their revenge in the Test Series with a dominant 2-0 win. Australia’s early form had been patchy in the Test and ODI Series against South Africa, but they were dominant against Pakistan, giving them confidence for this upcoming Series before jetting to India. New Zealand are very hard to beat at home, and Australia have struggled in front of the kiwi fans, as we saw in the World Cup of Cricket where they couldn’t handle the pressure and were reduced to a low total.
The keys to Australia will be captain Steve Smith, who had an outstanding 2017 and has followed it up already in a short space of time in 2018. His grittiness with the bat will be essential to success, as will the pace and swing of Mitchell Starc, who has caused absolute havoc against New Zealand in recent times, famously knocking off former captain Brendon McCullum in the first over of the 2015 World Cup Final. If he can consistently bowl 145km with accuracy, then Australia will go a long way towards victory.