Aussies expecting tough Kiwi test

Australian skipper Steve Smith leads his team against the Black Caps last November.
Australian skipper Steve Smith leads his team against the Black Caps last November. DAVE HUNT

 Australian Test and One-Day International skipper Steve Smith says he and his players are ready for an examination of their technique when the tour of New Zealand starts next week.

Australia plays the first of three ODIs on Wednesday at Eden Park before the two-match Test series begins on February 12 in Wellington at Basin Reserve.

Smith  experienced world-class swing bowling from the likes of Trent Boult and Tim Southee in the ODI World Cup defeat at Eden Park last year and is expecting more of the same next week.

"He's (Boult) done well for New Zealand recently and he bowls extremely well in New Zealand," said Smith, who was rested for the last two T20 clashes with India along with David Warner to fly to New Zealand today.

"He's going to be a tough one for us, but the guys know what to expect.

"Hopefully the batters can combat anything he will throw at us."

Smith said while the first part of the tour would be against a white ball, he said that would provide a good learning curve for the Test matches to come.

"It's going to be a little bit different," Smith said. "They (New Zealand) are going to prepare wickets that are going to do a little bit.

"We've got some bowlers there to hopefully get a bit out of that and the batters are going to have to adapt a little bit better than we have previously on wickets that have done stuff.

"We haven't performed extremely well away from home recently.

"That's a big thing on my agenda, to make sure we're playing well away from home."



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