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Factbox: Cricket - Australia vs New Zealand, second test

(Reuters) - Factbox on the second test between Australia and New Zealand, which begins on Thursday: [nL4N28X1MN]

WHEN?

Dec. 26-30 (11 a.m local time/0000 GMT)

WHERE?

Melbourne Cricket Ground (100,024 capacity)

MATCH OFFICIALS

Umpires: Marais Erasmus (South Africa), Nigel Llong (England)

Third umpire: Aleem Dar (Pakistan)

Match referee: Richie Richardson (West Indies)

AUSTRALIA

World test ranking: 5

Coach: Justin Langer

Captain: Tim Paine

Team (likely): David Warner, Joe Burns, Marnus Labuschagne, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, Travis Head, Tim Paine (wicketkeeper), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, James Pattinson.

NEW ZEALAND

World test ranking: 2

Coach: Gary Stead

Captain: Kane Williamson

Team (likely): Tom Blundell, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling (wicketkeeper), Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner.

PREVIOUS MELBOURNE TESTS

1973 - Australia won by an innings and 25 runs

1980 - Match drawn

1987 - Match drawn

Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru. Editing by Lincoln Feast.

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