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New Zealand wary of 'big brother'

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<p>Mike Hesson is discounting Australia's recent form.</p> © Provided by BSkyB

Mike Hesson is discounting Australia's recent form.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson insists Australia's one-day team remains one to be feared despite the crisis engulfing their Test side. 

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 South Africa, while New Zealand arrive fresh from a 2-0 Test sweep against Pakistan.

"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. 

Australian captain Steve Smith. © Provided by BSkyB Australian captain Steve Smith.

"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."

The first match is in Sydney on December 4, followed by Canberra on December 6 and Melbourne on December 9.

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