Kiwis to push Aussies: Harris
Former Australia paceman Ryan Harris expects New Zealand to push Australia in their three Test match series starting tomorrow, telling SportsDrive Kane Williamson's men will go close to winning a series down under for the first time in more than 30 years.
Australia has had a stranglehold on the Trans-Tasman trophy in recent contests between the sides, having not lost a series against the Black Caps since 1989-90, and not dropping a series in Australia since 1986-87.
But Harris believes the visitors could cause an upset, starting with the opening Test at Optus Stadium.
"I think this is their best chance." Harris said on Tuesday.
"They're a well rounded side, they will be very determined and are coming off some good form against England. I think it will be a really good series."
The day-night Test is the first pink ball Test played in Perth, with warm weather expected over the course of the five days.
Harris, who took 113 wickets in 27 Tests for Australia expected the Optus Stadium pitch to hold up despite the hot conditions.
"It looks like it has a lot of grass on it, which should help it hold together." Harris said.
"You want to see a bit of wear and tear at the end of the match especially with the pink ball."
"Chatting to some of the players the pink ball tends to go soft quickly, so you want some rough for Nathan Lyon to work with or some inconsistent bounce to challenge the batsmen."
Harris named New Zealand captain Kane Williamson as the key player of the series, while anticipating a quick return to form for Steve Smith, who made 40 runs in two innings against Pakistan.
The series begins tomorrow at Optus Stadium, the first ball to be bowled at 1:00 PM local time.