New Zealand play Australia in a must-win encounter at Eden Park on Friday. Australia by virtue of winning all their matches have booked a berth in the finals of the tri-series. New Zealand won their previous match against England and need to win this one to secure a place in the finals. England on the other end would be hoping for the Kiwis to lose the game so that they have an outside chance of making it to the finals.
What will work for New Zealand on Friday will be the crowd at Eden Park. Known to be a vocal and hostile crowd at the same time, Australia will have to play against a 12 man Kiwi team with the Eden Park crowd playing a big role in the process.
"They're just a passionate crowd, aren't they?" Aaron Finch, the veteran Australian batsman, told reporters in Auckland on Thursday. "Once New Zealand get on top in a game, they become such a huge factor. We saw in that World Cup game here when New Zealand beat us, the crowd was just unbelievable."
"They get stuck into you, which is pretty good banter at times - a lot of non-imaginative stuff as well. It is a great place to play, the crowd feel right on top of you as well," he added. "To be able to expose guys to that, I think is a huge factor and something that (can give you) a real read on how they cope with pressure."
Finch also highlighted the selection issues for Australian selectors heading into the World T20 in 2020. The BBL success to many new players has opened up new avenues for the selectors to try and examine.
Pointing out the same Finch said "That is hard because you have guys who are playing Test cricket who are some of the best T20 players in the world (but) don't get an opportunity to play Big Bash," he said. "So again, it is about assessing everyone's performances in tournaments they play around the world when they do get an opportunity to play for Australia".