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Pakistan win boosts Aust-bound Black Caps

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 6 days ago Warwick Barr
Kane Williamson © MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP Kane Williamson

New Zealand will take heart from a two-nil Test series win over Pakistan as they head to Australia to defend their Chappell-Hadlee one-day series title.

Pakistan had been the No.2 ranked side in Tests but New Zealand had stepped up to beat them after losing in both South Africa and India, says captain Kane Williamson.

The Test side had played good cricket against Pakistan, he said.

"It's nice to come away from this series with a series win having played very good cricket as a unit."

However, there was now a different squad and format, although 10 of the 14-man ODI squad were in the Test unit.

"We need to prepared differently and look to be at our best in the different format, different conditions etc."

Australia are ranked No.1 in ODIs while New Zealand are third.

Despite their recent Test series loss to South Africa, Australia were a quality side in all formats, Williamson said.

"It's a tough challenge but the two sides have had some really competitive series. The last one was a really nice one for us."

New Zealand, who hold the Chappell-Hadlee trophy after winning 2-1 at home earlier this year, fly out to Australia on Wednesday.

The first match of the three-match series is in Sydney on Sunday, followed by games in Canberra and Melbourne.

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