Sydney - New Zealand coach Mike Hesson declined to lay the
boot into Australia on Thursday after a demoralising Test series defeat to
South Africa, insisting their one-day team was a different beast.
Australia head into the three-game limited-overs
Chappell-Hadlee Trophy, starting Sunday in Sydney, on the back of that 2-1
series loss to the Proteas while New Zealand arrive fresh from a 2-0 Test sweep
"I think their one-day side is a heck of a lot more
settled than their Test side," said Hesson.
"The one-day side has been incredibly consistent, bar
the recent South Africa (one-day 5-0 whitewash) series.
"They've been very good for a number of years and are
ranked number one in the world, so I don't think the unsettled nature of the
Test side will lead into the one-day side."
The New Zealanders could take the world number one ranking
from the Aussies with a 3-0 series whitewash, but Hesson insisted that simply
retaining the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy would be enough.
"We won the Chappell-Hadlee the last couple of times,
it's really important for us," he said.
"Australia are our big brothers and winning a bilateral
series against them is important. If the by-product of that is an increase in
the ranking, then great."
One of their secret weapons to unsettle the Australian top
order is expected to be express bowler Lockie Ferguson, one of two new faces in
their squad along with spinner Todd Astle.
The 25-year-old Ferguson bowls consistently above 140
kilometres per hour (86 mph) and occasionally tops 150 kph (93 mph)which sets
him apart from New Zealand's trade mark stable of medium-fast bowlers.
"With Adam Milne missing, Lockie gives us a point of
difference in our attack," Hesson said.
"He hasn't played a huge amount up until the last two
seasons. He's got over a lot of injuries, he's a strong bowler, he's certainly
quick and I'd be very surprised if he doesn't play at some point during this
Along with Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan, George Worker and
Corey Anderson were not considered for the tour because of injury.
The first match is in Sydney on December 4, followed by
Canberra on December 6 and Melbourne on December 9.