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Black Caps' Watling impressed by SA camp

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 20/07/2016

Black Caps wicketkeeper BJ Watling says his side's training camp in South Africa has been the perfect preparation for their upcoming Test matches in neighbouring Zimbabwe.

The team touched down in capital Harare on Thursday for a three-day warm up match before playing the Zimbabweans in a two-Test series in Bulawayo from next week.

They will then return to South Africa for another two-Test series against the Proteas.

Watling said his side had adjusted well to the conditions in southern Africa and couldn't wait to get out onto the pitch.

"This has been brilliant to get used to conditions that we might face, a bit more turn and a bit of reverse," Watling said.

"I think the boys are pretty fizzed to get out there, it's been three or so months since we've played a Test."

The 31-year-old Watling, who was born in South Africa, said he and his teammates were ready to help new Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson in any way possible.

"I think Kane will do a hell of a job and he's got some guys in this team that he can fall back on and ask questions of," Watling said.

"He'll have enough around him to definitely help him through the first part anyway, until he finds his feet."

Batsman Tom Latham told reporters on the ground in Harare the Black Caps would aim to win every Test of the tour.

"We had a good tour here last year so I'm sure it'll be much the same," Latham said.

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