Richardson braced for difficult final

Australia fast bowler Kane Richardson is prepared for the Tri-Series T20I final at Eden Park to be another tough outing for bowlers.

The ground, primarily used as for rugby, played host to the highest ever T20 run chase at any level on Friday when Australia romped past New Zealand with a total of 32 sixes hit across the two innings.

Much has been said about Eden Park’s ridiculously short straight boundaries with Richardson simply hoping the expectation of big runs gets the better of the batsmen.

Richardson said at a press conference on Saturday: “All the expectation’s going to be on the batsmen to replicate that and that’s going to be quite hard.

“I don’t know what the wash-up will be in the bowler’s meeting and what we can do better.”

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The quick was keen to take what positives he could out of the pounding the bowlers took from the Black Caps taking solace in the fact that their opponents took a heavier beating.

He added: “Guptill and Munro played two unbelievable innings (but) they were 67 after the Power Play and we were 91, so we won that Power Play by 20-odd runs.

“Us bowlers were pretty chuffed with that – we got around each other and said ‘well done’.

“The expectation will be that it will be the same but hopefully the expectation will be too much (for batters).”

Australia’s bowlers look set for a spell of technical nitpicking as they look for ways to limit scoring straight.

Richardson added: “I had a quick chat to (bowling coach) Troy Cooley just to see what he thought. There’s a few little things about angles on the crease, just little things like that you can try.

“We’ve got a few training sessions to talk about what we’re going to do.

“But you can have all the plans in the world, they’re probably not going to come into practice in the game.”