NZ need to put sweep in T20s behind them

Daryl Mitchell (left) and Kane Williamson are set to return for the test series against Australia...
Daryl Mitchell (left) and Kane Williamson are set to return for the test series against Australia, beginning on Thursday. Photo: Getty Images
The Black Caps have to quickly park the T20 series clean sweep by Australia and prepare for the two tests.

The Australians completed a 3-0 series win with a 27-run victory in a rain-shortened final T20 in Auckland on Sunday.

New Zealand now has two days before the start of the first test at the Basin Reserve and they have some injuries to overcome.

Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell both missed the T20 series and are set to return for the tests.

Gary Stead. Photo: Getty Images
Gary Stead. Photo: Getty Images
Williamson was on parental leave, while Mitchell was recovering from a foot injury.

However, Devon Conway and Rachin Ravindra both sustained injuries against Australia and are in a race to be ready for Thursday.

Opener Conway was hit on a thumb, while all-rounder Ravindra has some knee soreness.

While Conway did not fracture his thumb, his injury is of more concern and he will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness. If he does not recover in time, he will be replaced by Will Young.

However, coach Gary Stead is optimistic.

‘‘We’re hopeful that he will be available for it. We’ll know more tomorrow or Wednesday when he’s back in the nets, Stead said.

‘‘I’m pretty sure he’ll be OK as long as he can manage the pain.’’

Pace bowler Matt Henry also sat out the T20 series with a hip problem.

Mitchell Santner, who captained the side in Williamson’s absence, admits there is little time to dwell on the past three games.

‘‘Yes this series didn’t go well, but the guys will have to park that pretty quickly and move on to the tests,’’ Santner said.

However, the just-completed series would be beneficial for them going to the World Cup in the Caribbean later this year, he said.

‘‘It showed when you come up against really good sides that if you’re a little bit off you get found out and that’s what we did at times.’’

Santner missed the second test against South Africa and was asked about him playing at the Basin and Hagley Oval, especially as his Australian counterpart Nathan Lyon is a regular in their test team.

‘‘Traditionally, it’s usually been quite green in both places.

‘‘Lyon can probably spin it on glass so can probably bowl on those as well.

‘‘I think we’ve seen the last couple of years the Basin slow down a little bit while Hagley is generally quick and bouncy."