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Kiwis out to build on thrilling win
New Zealand head into the Chappell-Hadlee series looking to dish out another dose of reality to Australia in the ODI's.
The Kiwis ended Australia's unbeaten summer run with a thrilling Twenty20 eliminator-over victory in Christchurch on Sunday night.
Ricky Ponting's men last tasted one-day international defeat at the end of October last year against India. Since then they have won three on the trot against the Indians to wrap up that series 4-2 and swept aside Pakistan (5-0) and the West Indies (4-0) on home soil.
But the Black Caps will take plenty of confidence into the five-match series, which begins in Napier on Wednesday, after Sunday's dramatic win.
Brendon McCullum's whirlwind unbeaten 116 was the batting highlight at AMI Stadium but it is young bowler Tim Southee who has perhaps been the surprise package to the Australians.
Southee played in last year's Chappell-Hadlee series taking three wickets at an average of 84.33.
But on Sunday his bowling at the death was superb as he sent down yorker after yorker to restrict Michael Clarke and the big-hitting Cameron White to six runs in the 18th over and 11 in the final over of the innings which forced the tie when Clarke was run out going for a match-winning third run.
Then New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori threw Southee the ball for the super over, ahead of front-line bowler Shane Bond, and the 21-year-old conceded just six runs and took the wicket of David Warner to help his side to victory.
Australian all-rounder Cameron White admitted he had little answer to Southee at the death.
"It felt like unbelievable bowling to be honest," he said. "He didn't miss too many yorkers and the pressure was on him as well. I thought it was amazing."
The onus is on Southee to perform like that on a more consistent basis.
"It gives me a little bit of confidence but it is a one-off and I can't rest on that," Southee said.
"It's another day on Wednesday. It was a great win (on Sunday) but now I've got to push forward and block it out. I can't rest on one good performance. Backing up with another good performance will be pretty satisfying."
Australia's one-day squad has a more experienced look to it compared to the specialist Twenty20 side led by Clarke.
The team are bolstered by the arrival of skipper Ponting, plus Doug Bollinger, James Hopes, Clint McKay and Adam Voges but will be without opener Shaun Marsh who has failed to recover from a back problem.
Heading home are Travis Birt, Daniel Christian, David Hussey, Dirk Nannes, Steven Smith, Shaun Tait and David Warner.
In recent years the Chappell-Hadlee series have been closely-fought affairs. Last year's series in Australia was squared when rain ruined the decider in Brisbane with New Zealand looking good for a win that would have given them a 3-2 series victory.
Vettori believes any win against Australia is a confidence-booster.
"Anytime you win against a great team you start believing," said Vettori. "The guys that performed (in the Twenty20) will think they can continue to do it and just hope that we get other guys to step up along the way.
"They have played exceptionally well winning as many one-dayers as they have in a row."
Once again New Zealand success will rest on the shoulders of the experienced players in the side, particularly Vettori, McCullum, Bond, Ross Taylor and Scott Styris, who joins the squad along with Neil Broom.
"If those guys get going then it's going to bode well for us in the series," added Vettori.
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