New Zealand insist Trent Boult is on track to play the
inaugural day-night test.
The opposition may be lightweight and it's not the ideal
venue, but New Zealand are relishing the chance for some pink
ball work when they play a Western Australian XI at the Waca
over the next two days.
How New Zealand handle the heat, in more ways than one, will
go a long way to determining their prospects of squaring
their test series, when the second match begins at the Waca
Black Caps batting coach Craig McMillan has a message to his
charges as they prepare to face the heat of Australia's quick
bowlers on the lively Waca pitch in the second test starting
New Zealand are expected to take a big punt on senior seamer
Tim Southee being fit for the second test against Australia
starting in Perth on Friday.
New Zealand were mauled at the Gabba yesterday and their
hopes and aspirations for the first test may also have been
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New Zealand's three-day warm-up match against a Cricket
Australia XI at Blacktown International Sports Park in Sydney
has been called off at lunch on the second day due to poor
The back injury which ruled New Zealand allrounder Corey
Anderson out of this year's tour of England has also
sidelined him from the looming tour of Australia.
Dunedin missing out on a one day international this summer
will motivate the Otago Cricket Association to enlarge the
University Oval as soon as possible.
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