Boult confident unbeaten streak can continue


New Zealand have not lost a Test series, home or away, in nearly two years, and fast bowler Trent Boult sees no reason why that trend shouldn't continue when they take on Australia this month.

While the Black Caps haven't won a Test series in Australia since 1985, Boult reckons this series could break that hoodoo, given Australia's transition phase. He's not taking them too lightly though.

Boult told when asked if the Black Caps were ahead in the public's estimation: "I don't know about favourites.

"Obviously Australia is going through a bit of phase of rebuilding with some new personnel coming in, but that's not a reason for us to take them lightly.

"They're in the Australian side for a reason and that's because they're good cricketers. We won (in Hobart) four years ago but in terms of a series we haven't won here in 30 years.

"There's a bit of motivation there, but the guys have been travelling extremely well over the last year and a half to two years and we're looking forward to bringing that form that we've had over the past wee while and hopefully we will be very competitive here."

While Australia have a potent pace attack, New Zealand have a settled pairing in Boult and Tim Southee, who have been bowling together since childhood. Their pace and swing make them a big threat.

Boult said of his pace partner: "The fact that we're good mates and we've grown up literally through the under 17s and under 19s cricket and formed a good little partnership there.

"Basically one swings it one way, one swings it the other and we love doing it.

"We're backed up well by our mates in the rest of the bowling attack and we've been lucky to enjoy some success but it's going to be a totally different challenge here (in Australia) and it's going to be good to see where we are against one of the best teams in the world.

"We're obviously led well by Brendon (McCullum) and … we've got some good traits in our side, the bowling attack is travelling really well and we're backed up by some decent batsmen so it's all about putting that together on the park.

"A lot of guys are good mates with each other in the side and we're just loving representing our country. We're definitely trying to do it with a smile on our face."