27 Jan 2017

Australia upbeat before Chappell-Hadlee series

10:44 am on 27 January 2017

The Australian cricket team heads to New Zealand full of confidence after beating Pakistan 4-1 in their one day series.

Australia captain Steve Smith

Australia captain Steve Smith. Photo: Photosport

The Australians won by 57 runs at the Adelaide Oval yesterday, with David Warner, who is not coming to New Zealand hitting a career best 179.

Captain Steve Smith said the team was in fine form.

"Hopefully we can keep some momentum going, from the way we've played here. Obviously Dave is having a rest so that's another opportunity for someone else at the top.

"I think the first game's really important. Eden Park's a bit of a fortress for New Zealand so you know I think if we can win there we'll go a long way to winning the series so yeah we need to be switched on for that first game."

The first of the three ODI's in the Chappell-Hadlee series is on Monday.

A small group from the Australian squad have arrived in Auckland, including three players and members of the coaching staff.

The rest of the squad arrive at midnight tonight and will train at Eden Park tomorrow.