Black Caps relaxed ahead of tri-series T20 opener against Australia

NZ take on the hosts tonight in their first T20 match at the Sydney Cricket Ground since 2009. Source: 1 NEWS



'Can't take anyone lightly' - NZ say Aussies still dangerous without big guns

Star Black Caps batsman Martin Guptill says his side will not be taking Australia lightly in their T20 tri-series opener in Sydney on Saturday, even though the hosts will be without some of their top pace bowlers.

Guptill, 31, says the Australians are always dangerous and with the current players in their squad, they have the capability to cause trouble for New Zealand.

"While (Mitch) Starc, (Pat) Cummins and (Josh Hazlewood) Hazler are world class bowlers, these guys have been picked for a reason you know we can't take anyone lightly," said Guptill.

"Anyone can have their day and rip through a batting line-up, so it's about us going out there and doing our scouting and to be ready for whatever they have got in their arsenal."

The New Zealand side will have to adjust to playing at a bigger venue, having played most of the summer on Kiwi grounds.

These guys have been picked for a reason you know we can't take them lightly - NZ batsman Martin Guptill

"I'd say bigger grounds here but we have played on bigger grounds before," said Guptill.

"We are going to have to go out in different conditions again, slightly different from Auckland, Wellington and Tauranga. It's going to be a good challenge for us and one that we are looking forward to."

The Black Caps lost their T20 series against Pakistan 2-1 last month, after winning 13 straight matches across all formats over the summer.

Martin Guptill says Australia will still be a tough opponent without pace bowlers Mitch Starc and Josh Hazlewood. Source: 1 NEWS

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The vision may be a bit grainy but a Twenty20 cricket match in the United Arab Emirates didn't escape the eyes of the ICC's anti-corruption unit looking into potential match-fixing.

Even the commentators watching the Ajman All Stars league match between the Dubai Stars and Sharjah Warriors struggled to believe some of the dismissals in the match.

Chasing a straightforward target of 136 for victory, the Stars were bowled out well short of that target for just 46 runs.

Of the 10 wickets, five were stumpings and three were run outs.

"There is currently an ICC Anti-Corruption Unit investigation underway in relation to the Ajman All Stars League, held recently in Ajman, UAE," the ICC said in a statement.

"The ICC ACU works to uphold integrity in cricket and in keeping with that role, we are talking to players and officials, and will not make any further comment at this time."


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