Steve Smith smashed Australia's third-fastest ODI century and Aaron Finch also made a sublime hundred as India were consigned to a 66-run defeat in the first match of the series.

Smith struck a sensational 105 from just 66 balls and Finch crafted 114 in Australia's massive total of 374-6 - their biggest against India in the 50-over format.

David Warner (69) also made the tourists suffer, while Glenn Maxwell bludgeoned 45 from only 19 balls in Australia's second-highest ODI total at the SCG.

Mohammed Shami (3-59) was comfortably the pick of the India bowlers on a painful Friday afternoon in the field.

Hardik Pandya struck a superb 90 and Shikhar Dhawan made 74, but India, returning to action for the first time since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, fell short on 308-8 in reply.

Josh Hazlewood (3-55) and Adam Zampa (4-54) did the damage with the ball for Australia as they started their summer in style to go 1-0 up in the three-match series.


FINCH AND WARNER MAKE HISTORY

Finch and Warner combined for the highest opening stand for Australia in an ODI at the SCG, their 156 surpassing the record of 152 set by Geoff Marsh and David Boon in 1986.

Shami finally got the breakthrough in the 28th over, snaring Warner caught behind after Virat Kohli reviewed, but Finch and Smith dished out more punishment, putting on 108 in just 12 overs.

The brilliant Finch struck two sixes and another nine fours in his fourth ODI century against India, a tally only Ricky Ponting has bettered with six, before the skipper became Jasprit Bumrah's only victim.

SENSATIONAL SMITH AND MAXWELL GO BESERK

While Finch uncharacteristically scored at less than a run a ball, Smith raced to a magnificent hundred which he reached off 62 balls.

Smith failed to hit the heights during the recent Indian Premier League but produced a disdainful knock as he dispatched the tourists' attack to all parts - Yuzvendra Chahal (1-89) conceding the most runs by an India spinner in an ODI.

The imperious Smith hit four sixes and 11 fours as he put on a show along with Maxwell, who treated the crowd to some astonishing innovative strokes in an explosive innings.

HAZLEWOOD AND ZAMPA DERAIL INDIA CHASE

India's run chase got off to a blistering start, Mitchell Starc conceding 20 off an 11-ball first over, but they were struggling on 101-4 in the 14th over - Kohli making just 21 after he was dropped by Zampa on one.

Hazlewood had Kohli caught by Finch at midwicket and the quick also saw the back of Mayank Agarwal and Shreyas Iyer.

Dhawan - dropped by Maxwell on 41 - and Pandya - playing as a specialist batsman - gave India hope with a fifth-wicket stand of 128, but spinner Zampa removed both in quick succession and got rid of Ravindra Jadeja in an ultimately comfortable win for Australia.

Aaron Finch hailed Virat Kohli as "probably the best one-day player of all time" as Australia prepare to face India in an eagerly awaited ODI series.

India have not been in action since March due to the coronavirus pandemic, but their wait will come to an end at the SCG on Friday.

Australia should be confident after beating world champions 2-1 in the 50-over format in September and both sides will welcome being able to play in front of crowds.

Kohli headed to Australia on the back of being the ninth-highest run-scorer in the Indian Premier League and Australia captain Finch has lavished praise on his opposite number ahead of the three-match series.

"If you look at his record, it's second to none. It really is remarkable," said Finch, who also featured in the IPL. "What we have to keep in mind is that we have to keep looking to get him out.

"When you go away from that and you look to contain players, you can miss a trick. He's probably the best one-day player of all time, so it's about sticking to our plans and being really committed in that regard."

Kohli will be looking not only for a series victory, but also to consolidate his status as the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world in the absence of his injured team-mate Rohit Sharma.

India paceman Jasprit Bumrah, meanwhile, could regain top spot in the bowler rankings, as he only trails New Zealand's Trent Boult by three points.

The two sides, who will wear black armbands in tribute to late Australia great Dean Jones, will be playing for ICC Cricket World Cup Super League points.

 

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS FOR AGARWAL

A hamstring injury sustained during the IPL means there will be no Rohit at the top of the India order, so Mayank Agarwal looks set to partner Shikhar Dhawan.

Agarwal failed to show what he is capable of when India were whitewashed by New Zealand in February.

The 29-year-old was in good touch during the IPL, though, scoring 424 runs at an average of 38.54 and making a century for Kings XI against Rajasthan Royals.

KL Rahul is likely to come in down the order, given he will take up the role of wicketkeeper-batsman.

 

WARNER TO MAKE HAY AT HAPPY HUNTING GROUND?

Australia have a formidable recent record at the SCG, winning 11 of their previous 13 ODIs at the famous venue.

They have also come out on top in all but two of their previous 16 encounters with India at the Sydney fortress.

India's last ODI victory over Australia at the venue came in January 2016 and dismissing David Warner cheaply may be key to repeating that feat.

The opener has an ODI average of 57.2 at the SCG, higher than any other player in the men's game from 10 innings or more. Warner has scored two hundreds and a half-century in his last five knocks at the venue.

 

KEY OPTA FACTS

- Kohli is 133 runs away from becoming only the sixth man to record 12,000 in ODIs. 
- India have won 12 of their last 18 ODIs against Australia, including the previous two.
- The tourists have won five of their last seven bilateral ODI series versus Australia, including a 2-1 win in the most recent series on Australian soil early last year.
- Finch is just 17 shy of becoming the 16th Australian to score 5,000 ODI runs. He has not been dismissed for a single-figure total in any of his last 10 ODI knocks.
- Mohammed Shami (50) has taken more ODI wickets since the beginning of 2019 than any other player; Australia duo Adam Zampa and Pat Cummins (43 each) are joint-second.

Reece Hodge felt he "let the country down" after missing a late penalty in Australia's 15-15 draw with Argentina in the Tri Nations. 

The Wallabies fly-half had the match on his boot as he lined up the 78th-minute kick that would almost certainly have been a match-winner. 

He sent the ball wide of the right upright, however, and despite kicking five from five chances before that, it was the sixth that weighed heavy. 

"I feel like I’ve let the country down," Hodge said on Fox Sports. "It’s a pretty tough one to take at the moment. 

"Obviously we were up 15-6 and had our chances to seal that game. I guess inaccuracy and poor game management from our game managers let us down. 

"Especially in that first half we created a lot of opportunities, it's just inaccuracy in the last passes and movements that let us down. 

"It was 9-6 at half-time, but with the weight of possession we had it should have been 15 or 20 and it's a credit to the way that Argentina defended also."

Australia captain Michael Hooper suggested his team lost their discipline and paid a heavy price. 

In a gruelling match, five penalties apiece from Hodge and Nicolas Sanchez produced the scoring, with Australia having two first-half tries chalked off by the television match official. 

Armed with a 15-6 lead by the hour mark, Australia looked set to see the job through at the McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle, only to cough up the chances that allowed Sanchez to boot Argentina back onto level terms. 

Hooper said: "We tried to play with a lot of territory - I think we won that - we were just unable to convert there in the second half, and probably ill-discipline. Sanchez made us hurt. 

"We felt good, we were playing our shape. They turned the ball over a couple of times, we had some loose passes, some knock-ons there, so we need to be more accurate." 

Hooper explained it would take a while for Australia to get their heads around the match. 

"The mind is still going 100 miles per hour so we'll debrief and catch our breath and look at it properly," Hooper said. 

Asked if the early intention had been to get the ball wide, Hooper said: "You can't just go straight to edge. 

"We tried to punch it through them, they did well to slow the ball up, they hold you up high, slow you up, then they get men in a defensive line. 

"We put some smart kicks in behind but were unable to crack it tonight." 

Argentina skipper Pablo Matera felt his team got their reward for sticking to their defensive strengths, recovering well from having Julian Montoya sin-binned early in the second half. 

A week on from their jaw-dropping victory over New Zealand, the Pumas could not quite hit those heights but showed they are a force to be reckoned with once again. 

"We trust in ourselves. We trust in our system," Matera said. 

"We were nine points behind but we still did our system because we trust it. It was not our best performance but a good effort from all the team." 

He said the game was "really physical, really brutal", adding: "Australia play a great game, they put us under a lot of pressure. 

"We defended really well. We didn't have a lot of chances to score tries but we were very disciplined."

Reece Hodge missed a glorious late chance to kick Australia to victory as the Wallabies were held 15-15 by Argentina in a tense Tri Nations tussle.

In a battle between teams who had both beaten the All Blacks in the previous fortnight, Australia had two first-half tries disallowed and were left to rely on the precision from the tee of their star fly-half.

In front of a socially distanced crowd at McDonald Jones Stadium, Hodge was 100 per cent from his first five penalties and looked like getting the better of opposite number Nicolas Sanchez.

Sanchez had missed one early in the second half but booted the Pumas back from 15-6 down to level terms, only for Argentina to give up a 78th-minute penalty chance to Australia after a ruck infringement.

Hodge, from around 40 metres, sent his kick high into the Newcastle night sky but wide of the uprights.

After the high of defeating New Zealand for the first time, Argentina will look to buck the trend again and claim a win against Australia in the Tri Nations on Saturday.

Argentina claimed a 25-15 win over the All Blacks at Bankwest Stadium last weekend, with fly-half Nicolas Sanchez scoring all of the Pumas' points as Ian Foster's team were condemned to back-to-back losses for the first time since 2011.

The Wallabies handed New Zealand the first of those defeats, however, when they triumphed 24-22 in Brisbane on November 7.

They will have their eyes on top spot when the teams meet at McDonald Jones Stadium in Newcastle on Saturday.

HISTORY

Australia have won 17 of their past 19 Tests against Argentina, including their last two on the bounce, and 14 of the previous 15 on home soil.

The Pumas won away against the Wallabies as recently as September 2018, though, and will be hoping to record a third straight victory for the first time in five years.

Australia lost their only previous Test at McDonald Jones Stadium – a 9-6 defeat to Scotland in June 2012 – and will hope to stop Argentina recording successive triumphs against tier one opponents for the first time since June 2016.

FORM

Australia are averaging eight clean breaks per game in this year's Tri Nations, which is the most of any team and twice the amount Argentina managed in their first outing of the tournament.

The Pumas took good care of the ball against the All Blacks, though. They conceded four turnovers in the match, fewer than half the amount any other team has had in a single game in the competition.

ONES TO WATCH

Sanchez is in good form with two tries and 40 points across his two most recent Test outings, but he has only dotted down once in his 13 previous appearances against the Wallabies.

Michael Hooper will hope to help keep the Argentina star on the back foot. The Australia captain has gained 4.4 metres per carry in the competition, the most of any forward with at least 10 attempts.

Taniela Tupou and Scott Sio have come into the Wallabies' starting side for Saturday's Tri Nations clash against Argentina.

Sio replaced the injured James Slipper as one of three changes to the starting team for the encounter in Newcastle.

Tupou and Ned Hanigan are also in, replacing Allan Alaalatoa and Lachlan Swinton respectively.

Australia are coming off a win over the All Blacks earlier this month, while Argentina stunned New Zealand last week.

"After being left out in our last Test we got the reaction we expected from Scott, his preparation this week has been excellent and his experience will be invaluable against Argentina," Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie said.

"As a group, we know respect is earned daily and understand the importance of backing up our last performance with another quality effort on Saturday night.

"The tournament is evenly poised and our fate is in our own hands. We saw how much passion Argentina play with in their performance last weekend and we're excited by the challenge in Newcastle."

New Zealand top the table but will be replaced by the winner of the clash between Argentina and Australia, who sit second and third respectively.

The Wallabies have won 17 of their past 19 Tests against Argentina, whose last success came in September 2018.

But the Pumas are eyeing back-to-back wins against fellow Tier 1 opposition for the first time since beating Italy and France in June 2016.

Unsurprisingly after their win over the All Blacks, Argentina's starting team is unchanged, while Santiago Socino, Facundo Isa and Emiliano Boffelli have replaced Facundo Bosch, Tomas Lezana and Lucio Cinti on the bench.

Australia: Tom Banks, Tom Wright, Jordan Petaia, Hunter Paisami, Marika Koroibete, Recce Hodge, Nic White; Scott Sio, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Taniela Tupou, Rob Simmons, Matt Philip, Ned Hanigan, Michael Hooper, Harry Wilson.
Replacements: Folau Fainga'a, Angus Bell, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Valetini, Liam Wright, Jake Gordon, Noah Lolesio, Filipo Daugunu.

Argentina: Santiago Carreras, Bautista Delguy, Matias Orlando, Santiago Chocobares, Juan Imhoff, Nicolas Sanchez, Tomas Cubelli; Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Julian Montoya, Francisco Gomez Kodela, Guido Petti, Matias Alemanno, Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer, Rodrigo Bruni.
Replacements: Santiago Socino, Mayco Vivas, Santiago Medrano, Santiago Grondona, Facundo Isa, Gonzalo Bertranou, Emiliano Boffelli, Santiago Cordero.

After being lauded by Melbourne Stars Head Coach David Hussey, West Indies batsman Nicholas Pooran says he eager to suit up for the team during this season of the Australia Big Bash League (BBL).

Sean Abbott is ready to take his chance for Australia, but believes it is more likely to be in the bowling attack in the Test team.

Abbott was named in a 17-man Test squad to face India, with the series beginning in Adelaide on December 17.

The New South Welshman has taken 14 wickets at 17.92 to begin the Sheffield Shield season, while he also has 261 runs at 130.50.

However, Abbott believes his best chance of a Test debut would be as part of Australia's bowling attack.

"I'd be keen to play, I'm happy to put my hand up for any role that would come up. I'll take that opportunity with both hands," he told reporters.

"I probably see myself more as a bowling opportunity as someone who can bat. If there's that opportunity to bat higher up the order and the selectors and Painey [captain Tim Paine] think that I can do that job then I'm not even going to think twice about that.

"I'm walking out there when I bat as a batsman and trying to do whatever job is in front of me and enjoying that competition of playing Test cricket for my country.

"I'd definitely say probably more of a bowling spot. If a bowling spot came up I'd be more in line for that one as opposed to someone who bats six or seven, but we'll have to wait and see."

A trans-Tasman tournament has been agreed for 2021 featuring all 10 Super Rugby teams.

Rugby Australia (RA) and New Zealand Rugby (NZR) have agreed a new event that will contain 26 games over a packed six-week period.

All Blacks captain Sam Cane said the development was "awesome" and what all the players wanted.

The event will follow the two nations' domestic Super Rugby competitions, running from May 14 until a final on June 19.

All teams from Australia and New Zealand will play two home matches and two away games, while a Super Round will be held at a location that is yet to be confirmed, where every match will be played at the same venue over one weekend.

After five rounds, when teams from each nation have faced every outfit from the other, the top two teams in the table will meet in the final, which will be hosted by the side sitting first.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson said: "Super Rugby Trans-Tasman is a great result for fans on both sides of the Tasman and is testament to the strength of the relationship between New Zealand Rugby and Rugby Australia.

"It has been a testing time for rugby in both countries, but also a chance to reimagine the game in our part of the world for 2021. The result is an exciting and innovative new competition, which will benefit fans, players, broadcasters and Super clubs."

Rugby Australia interim chief executive Rob Clarke added: "This is a truly historic day for rugby in the Southern Hemisphere, with the first ever Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby competition.

"This will generate enormous excitement across both countries with some of the best players in the world set to challenge each other after the conclusion of Super Rugby AU and Super Rugby Aotearoa."

Will Pucovski and Cameron Green have been rewarded for their good form, selected in Australia's Test squad for the series against India.

Pucovski, 22, and Green, 21, were named in a 17-man squad on Thursday after starring in the Sheffield Shield.

With 495 runs at an average of 247.5 for Victoria, Pucovski is the leading run-scorer in the competition this season.

Green has also impressed, scoring 363 at 72.6 for Western Australia, while also picking up two wickets.

"Two of those many standout players were of course Cameron Green and Will Pucovski. Their undeniable form demanded selection and we are very pleased to have these young men in the squad for what will be a tremendous Test series against an extremely formidable opponent," Australia national selector Trevor Hohns said in a statement.

"Cameron has already won selection in the white-ball squad and continues that in joining the Test squad. He is a wonderful young talent who has great potential to become an all-rounder of substance over time. His batting alone has demanded his place in the squad.

"Will's record-breaking start to the summer has been exceptional. His ability to show such patience is something which stands him in good stead for Test cricket and he is in rare company with two double centuries to start the summer. We very much look forward to Will developing further on the international stage."

Leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson has also been rewarded after taking 23 wickets at 21.17, earning a place as another option to Nathan Lyon.

Sean Abbott (14 wickets at 17.92) was also included in the squad.

Pucovski, Green, Swepson and Abbott were among nine Test players included in an Australia A squad to face India A and India.

Joe Burns, whose place is under threat from Pucovski, is part of both teams despite struggling to just 57 runs in five innings to start the Sheffield Shield season.

The first Test between Australia and India is scheduled to begin in Adelaide on December 17.

Australia: Sean Abbott, Joe Burns, Pat Cummins, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Michael Neser, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Will Pucovski, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner.

New Zealand captain Sam Cane felt his side paid for a lack of accuracy when it mattered as they slipped to a surprising defeat to Australia in the final Bledisloe Cup meeting in 2020. 

The All Blacks had won the previous two meetings between the countries comfortably, including a record 43-5 success a week ago in Sydney that opened their Tri Nations campaign in style. 

However, the Wallabies hit back in Brisbane, coming out on top 24-22 in a game that saw each team have a player sent off in the first half. 

Ofa Tu'ungafasi saw red for a high challenge on wing Tom Wright, though the hosts were also reduced to 14 men when debutant Wallabies flanker Lachlan Swinton was dismissed for leading with the shoulder on Sam Whitelock. 

Both sides also had to spend 10 minutes down to 13 during proceedings, the All Blacks crucially giving up points late on when lock Scott Barrett was in the sin bin. 

Substitute Tupou Vaa'i crossed in the closing minutes to secure the visitors a losing bonus, but Cane felt they could easily have come out on the right side of the result at Suncorp Stadium. 

"It doesn't matter if there's 15 players on each side, or it gets down to 14 versus 14 or 14 versus 13, the game is based on building pressure, playing smart, intensity and accuracy," he told the media. 

"I didn't think we were quite smart enough when we got down, then I thought we bought the intensity but not the accuracy. They did that really well and controlled the game for large parts."

On the dismissals, he added: "It's a fast-moving game and there are big collisions. Every now and then, players are going to get it slightly wrong.  

"I don't think either of those cards were malicious or dirty plays by any means, they were fractionally off. 

"We spend a lot of time practicing perfect technique, but in top-level sport like this, there will be the odd error unfortunately."

With Barrett off the field, Australia capitalised on the opportunity. They managed to drive close enough for a Taniela Tupou try that proved crucial in the final reckoning. 

"There were large parts where I was really proud of our effort," All Blacks coach Ian Foster said in his post-match media conference. 

"I thought we played with a lot of passion at times, certainly applied a lot of pressure, but we couldn't break them in the way that we wanted to.  

"They hung in there and the momentum swung about a bit with some other cards. Scooter's near the end was sort of bad timing for a card, as it put us under immense pressure. 

"If you look at where the game went, particularly in the last 10 minutes, I think the Wallabies were penalised about six times in their own 25, because of the pressure we put them under. That was frustrating."

Dave Rennie was "rapt" after Australia held on for a thrilling 24-22 victory over New Zealand a week after slumping to a record defeat.

Both sides had a man sent off in the first half at Suncorp Stadium, the All Blacks losing Ofa Tu'ungafasi before Wallabies debutant Lachlan Swinton saw red.

New Zealand retained the Bledisloe Cup with one match to spare in the first game of the Tri Nations series at ANZ Stadium last Saturday, hammering their trans-Tasman rivals by a record margin with a 43-5 rout.

Rennie praised the character shown by the men in green and gold seven days later as they secured a seventh straight win at the Brisbane venue.

"I'm rapt," the New Zealander said. "There was a lot of character shown today. We said we wanted a response after last weekend, and we got it."

Tom Wright scored an early try and Taniela Tupou crossed late on before Tupou Vaa'I finished to give the All Blacks hope in the closing stages, but they fell short.

Rennie's decision to play Reece Hodge at fly-half raised eyebrows, but he booted 14 points as Australia restored some pride to give Rennie a first win since he replaced Michael Cheika.

"We talked about scoreboard pressure and we hadn't been able to do that in previous games, and Hodgy kicked pretty well and we got our noses in front and were able to apply a bit more through that," Rennie added.

"We've got a long way to go, we're going to get a lot better, but it's good to get a result like this because it helps with a bit of belief.

"It's only one day, but we'll have a couple of quiet ones to celebrate."

Australia restored some much-needed pride in the fourth and final Bledisloe Cup meeting with New Zealand, sealing a hard-fought 24-22 triumph in a game that saw both teams have a player sent off. 

After a drawn opener between the trans-Tasman rivals in Wellington, the All Blacks had won the previous two meetings by a combined score of 70-12. 

Their record-breaking 43-5 triumph a week ago in Sydney not only secured the trophy but also gave them a successful start to the 2020 Tri Nations, yet the Wallabies responded impressively in Brisbane.

Reece Hodge kicked 14 points, including converting Taniela Tupou's crucial late try, as Australia prevailed despite conceding three tries, the last of which earned New Zealand a losing bonus point.

Australia debutant Tom Wright crossed inside two minutes and, while Rieko Ioane responded soon after for the visitors, the early double did not lead to a glut of points before the break.

Still, there was no lack of drama in the remainder of the first half. After a Hodge penalty made it 8-5, Ofa Tuungafasi was shown a red card after making direct contact with the chin as he emphatically stopped Wright's progress following a jinking run.

However, Ian Foster's men held firm when down a man – even drawing level – before the numbers were evened up, Lachlan Swinton's debut cut short for use of the shoulder on Sam Whitelock. 

Marika Koroibete saw yellow just before the interval for hands in at a ruck to leave Australia down to 13, yet by the time he returned his team were 11-8 ahead thanks to a second successful kick from Hodge. 

While hooker Codie Taylor was driven over by his fellow forwards to put the All Blacks in front, they lost Scott Barrett for 10 minutes to give Australia an opportunity to play against 13 men themselves.

Michael Hooper's side capitalised too, Tupou forcing his way to the line for a try that Hodge converted, adding to a pair of second-half penalties from the number 10.

Substitute Tupou Vaa'i breached a tired defensive line to set up a nervy finish as New Zealand closed the gap, but the Wallabies held on in the closing minutes to have the final say in the 2020 series and make it seven Test wins on the spin at Suncorp Stadium.

Australia are under pressure to salvage pride in the final Bledisloe Cup match of the series on Saturday after suffering a harrowing defeat to New Zealand last weekend.

The All Blacks retained the famous trophy in emphatic fashion at ANZ Stadium, taking a 2-0 lead with one match to play by dishing out a 43-5 rout at ANZ Stadium.

Not since 2002 have Australia won the Bledisloe Cup, and they reached a new low when the All Blacks won by a record margin in Sydney.

Victory for New Zealand also gave them a dream start to the Tri Nations series, and Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie has reacted by ringing the changes, springing a surprise by picking Reece Hodge at fly-half.

We use Opta data to preview Bledisloe IV at Suncorp Stadium.

 

Australia v New Zealand

- New Zealand have restricted the Wallabies to single figures in their last two matches. The last time they held them to fewer than 10 points in more consecutive Tests was an 11-game stretch from 1957 to 1964.

- Australia have lost only one of their last four Tests against New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium (W2, D1), and secured a 23-18 win over the All Blacks in their last meeting there in October 2017.

- The Wallabies are winless in their last four Tests (D1, L3). The last time they went more than four games without a victory was a six-game streak from October 2015 to August 2016, which included three losses to New Zealand.

- Australia have won their last six Tests on the bounce at Suncorp Stadium and have not lost at the Brisbane venue since June 2016, when England triumphed 39-28.

- New Zealand are on the cusp of multiple Test wins in Australia in a single calendar year for the first time since 2010.

- James Slipper is set to play his 100th Test, becoming just the 13th player to reach a century of appearances for Australia. His 51 caps from the bench are the joint-most of any player in Wallabies history alongside Tatafu Polota-Nau.

- Australia captain Michael Hooper has scored five Test tries at Suncorp Stadium, more than any other forward. Of all players, only Israel Folau (7) and Stephen Larkham (7) have scored more at the venue.

- Sam Whitelock is set to make his 100th Test start for New Zealand, becoming just the fifth player to start in a century of Tests for the All Blacks. It will be his 120th Test appearance.

James Slipper and Sam Whitelock are set for milestones as seven players prepare to make their debuts when the Wallabies face the All Blacks.

Slipper will become just the 13th player to reach 100 Test appearances for Australia when he lines up in Brisbane on Saturday.

New Zealand have retained the Bledisloe Cup, which they have held since 2003, after last week's 43-5 victory.

While Slipper is set for a landmark appearance, the Wallabies have also named debutants Lachlan Swinton and Tom Wright to start and Angus Bell among the replacements.

"It's going to be a really special night for James in front of his family and friends back at his home ground and I know the team will be doing everything they can to make sure it's a memorable result," Australia coach Dave Rennie said.

"Lachlan, Tom and Angus have been excellent over the past seven weeks and have earned their first jersey for Australia through hard work and good performances. 

"As a whole group we were really disappointed after last weekend and we get a chance to show our character on Saturday in Brisbane."

Australia have lost only one of their past four Tests against New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium, winning two and drawing one.

The All Blacks, who top the Tri Nations table after the win last week, are set to see Whitelock reach a milestone.

Whitelock has been named to make his 100th Test start for New Zealand, becoming just the fifth player to reach that mark.

They have named Akira Ioane for a start on debut, while Asafo Aumua, Cullen Grace and Will Jordan are in line to make their first appearances off the bench.

"We've been really impressed with Akira. He's keen, he's ready and to have his first Test start is pretty special. I know Asafo is also excited for his first Test and he'll bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm when he comes off the bench," All Blacks head coach Ian Foster said.

"Cullen Grace is a young man who has also been very impressive. He's got a nice, quiet demeanour about him, but we know he's excited. Will Jordan has also been working really hard; he's settled in really, really well and he's got a calmness about him. He’s been doing a great job behind the scenes and we're delighted he's got his opportunity."

All Blacks star Beauden Barrett will start at number 10, with Damian McKenzie on the bench.

Australia: Tom Banks, Tom Wright, Jordan Petaia, Hunter Paisami, Marika Koroibete, Reece Hodge, Nic White; James Slipper, Brandon Paenga-Amosa, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Simmons, Matt Philip, Lachlan Swinton, Michael Hooper, Harry Wilson.
Replacements: Folau Fainga'a, Angus Bell, Taniela Tupou, Ned Hanigan, Liam Wright, Tate McDermott, Noah Lolesio, Filipo Daugunu.

New Zealand: Jordie Barrett, Sevu Reece, Anton Lienert-Brown, Ngani Laumape, Rieko Ioane, Beauden Barrett, TJ Perenara; Karl Tu'inukuafe, Codie Taylor, Ofa Tuungafasi, Scott Barrett, Sam Whitelock, Akira Ioane, Sam Cane, Ardie Savea.
Replacements: Asafo Aumua, Alex Hodgman, Tyrel Lomax, Patrick Tuipulotu, Cullen Grace, Brad Weber, Damian McKenzie, Will Jordan.

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