Australia set to reclaim Chappell-Hadlee crown

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 12: Josh Hazlewood of Australia celebrates the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan of India during the Victoria Bitter One Day International Series match between Australia and India at WACA on January 12, 2016 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Cricket fans will get an early taste of limited overs action when Australia seek to reclaim the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy from New Zealand in the three-match Victoria Bitter One-Day International series.

The series begins on 4 December at the Sydney Cricket Ground followed by matches at Manuka Oval, Canberra on 6 December and the Melbourne Cricket Ground on 9 December.

The rivalry between Australia and New Zealand is always strong and has taken on new significance since the two teams clashed in the epic final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015, which was won by Australia. Since then, the two sides have faced off several times, with both teams always playing an exciting brand of cricket that leaves Cricket Australia fans on the edge of their seat and has seen Australia and New Zealand achieve the number one and number two ODI rankings respectively.

The last time the two sides met in an ODI series, in New Zealand earlier this year, New Zealand claimed the series 2-1 and came away with the Chappell-Hadlee trophy. As a result, the Victoria Bitter One-Day International series this summer will take on even greater importance as the Australians look to win back the silverware and reassert their dominance over their trans-Tasman rivals.

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