Richardson expecting tough time from Kiwi players, fans

Australian fast bowler Kane Richardson has been quick to claim underdog status ahead of tomorrow's first ODI against New Zealand in Auckland.

The Black Caps won the last contest between the teams at Eden Park a year ago, Australia's only loss during its successful World Cup campaign.

"We're playing away so we're probably the underdogs, and rightfully so," the South Australian (pictured) said.

"These are two quality teams, World Cup finalists and I think New Zealand has won 18 of 20 one-dayers here, so that's a pretty daunting record.

"Everyone plays their home conditions well these days so I think New Zealand are favourites.

"We've got to try and find a way to win this first game which will go a long way to upsetting the momentum."

Richardson is one of a host of new players in the Australian squad from that World Cup- winning line-up.

Captain Steve Smith, all-rounders Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Marsh, and opening batsman David Warner are the only players still in the team.

As well as expecting a tough contest from the Black Caps, Richardson said he expected a verbal barrage from the New Zealand fans.

"It's something that's been mentioned for the blokes who haven't been here. You're going to cop a bit," he said.

"Boof (coach Darren Lehmann) said when he played in Wellington he got a fish thrown at him, or a toilet seat or something, so it'd be nice if that didn't happen."

As well as hoping to win the three-game series after copping a 3-0 whitewash from India in the T20 series at home, some of the Australian players will be keen to impress selectors ahead of the T20 World Cup in India.

Leg-spinner Adam Zampa gets an opportunity, while in-form batsman Usman Khawaja has been called in to replace Aaron Finch (hamstring).

- with APNZ



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