28 Nov 2011

Rare confidence in Black Caps camp going into Gabba test

8:12 am on 28 November 2011

There's genuine confidence in the New Zealand cricket camp going into the first test against Australia starting on Thursday in Brisbane.

While the Black Caps have been impressive in their 4-day warmup match against Australia, their chances of a rare test win over Australia have been boosted by the withdrawal of five home players with injury, and Australia will field a fast bowling trio who'll all be making their test debuts.

On the final day of their warmup game, the New Zealanders made 467-6 in their second innings, including 138 from skipper Ross Taylor and a swashbuckling 175 from Jesse Ryder which included a world record-equalling 16 sixes.

The three new test bowlers playing for Australia A - Ben Cutting, Mitchell Starc and James Pattinson - conceded well over 100 runs apiece during the match, and they were used sparingly in the Black Caps second innings.