Smith: We know what to expect in New Zealand


Australia captain Steve Smith is satisfied with his side's preparation plans for the upcoming Test series in New Zealand despite the lack of a practice game.

The Aussies start the two-Test series against their Trans-Tasman rivals on 12 February in Wellington while the second Test will start on 20 February in Christchurch.

Smith, David Warner, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh and Shaun Marsh will play in the preceding three-match ODIs series while Adam Voges, Nathan Lyon and Peter Nevill will play in a first-class match between New South Wales and Western Australia in Lincoln, New Zealand, which was scheduled to help preparation.

Usman Khawaja, Joe Burns, James Pattinson, Chadd Sayers, Jackson Bird and Peter Siddle (fitness permitting) have a four-day game in Australia before flying to New Zealand.

Smith said about the preparation: "It's going to be a little bit different. They're going to prepare wickets that are going to do a little bit.

"We've got some bowlers there to hopefully get a bit out of that and the batters are going to have to adapt a little bit better than we have previously on wickets that have done stuff. Guys are working hard and we know what to expect.

"It's very difficult to do. When you grow up in Australia you can play out in front a little bit more, and in those conditions you've got to play under your eyes so your nicks don't carry and you're not getting out in front.

"It's hard to train, you sort of have to get away from everything that you learn growing up and try and for a new technique, in a way. Hopefully the guys can do that and adapt, to all the conditions around the world."