Wellington - Australian spinner Ashton Agar said on Monday that
Eden Park's notoriously short boundaries mean another run-fest is likely in
this week's Twenty20 tri-series final against New Zealand.
Australia completed a world-record run chase to overhaul New
Zealand's 243 at the Auckland ground last Friday in a match that featured 32
They go into Wednesday's decider as favourites after winning
all four of their round robin matches, and Agar said the "amazing"
result had further boosted their belief.
"It was great for us to take confidence out of chasing
a record total, knowing we can do that," he said.
"We've had the right guys firing at the right times now
and I think we're ready to put together a really good performance again."
Eden Park more closely resembles a rectangular pitch than
traditional cricket oval, and the Australian spinner described the layout as
Agar said bowling there was the hardest challenge he had
faced in T20 cricket but he had accepted batsmen were going to go after him at
"If I get hit I've got to turn around, keep a smile on
my face and try my best with the next ball," he said, adding that
"some people are going to get away to a flyer here". Agar said containing New Zealand's in-form openers Martin
Guptill and Colin Munro would be a key element in the final.
The pair took full advantage of the ground's tiny dimensions
to score 105 and 76 respectively last Friday, only for Australia's batters to
produce similar pyrotechnics and claim the win.