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Stroppy Aussies enter Test mode wary of green NZ decks

Australia skipper Steve Smith insists a hostile finish to the trans-Tasman ODI series won't boil over to the two-Test series that starts on Friday.

The Australian captain says he'll share a beer with McCullum during the Test series. Source: 1 Sport

Mitch Marsh was controversially dismissed on Monday night, when a replay on the big screen at Hamilton prompted umpire Ian Gould to call on third umpire S Ravi to review a catch.

Gould was initially confident New Zealand hadn't appealed but Brendon McCullum successfully convinced him otherwise.

Australia allrounder Marsh appeared to yell "****ing bull****" in the direction of McCullum and the celebrating Black Caps as he stormed off Seddon Park.

The Australian captain wasn't happy this morning after a series defeat at the hands of the Black Caps. Source: 1 NEWS

 Matthew Wade later had a shot at NZ allrounder Grant Elliott, saying "only a f***ing coward sledges people when they walk off".

  
The incident will dominate the wash-up of the Black Caps' 55-run win, which sealed a 2-1 series victory.

  
However, Smith doesn't expect any additional animosity when the first Test starts in three days at Wellington.

"I don't think so, we always play a pretty good brand of cricket - both sides do," Smith said.

"It's going to be a great series, New Zealand have been playing some very good cricket at home and we've got to improve the cricket we play away from home.

"It should be a really hard-fought series."

McCullum agreed with Smith that it should be a cracking Test series, also hinting that those predicting green seamers at Basin Reserve and Hagley Oval are likely to be spot on.

 "The wickets (for the Tests) will be different (to the ODI decks)," NZ's outgoing skipper said.

 "They'll have a little bit more of a tinge of green to them.

"There should be plenty of sideways movement. I expect probably a bit more pace and bounce than what we've seen in the one-day wickets."

 Both squads have assembled in Wellington.

Australia will reclaim the No.1 Test ranking if they're able to defeat NZ 1-0 or 2-0 in the upcoming series.


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