When New Zealand and Australia clash in the Twenty20 tri-series at Eden Park later tonight, the Black Caps will have something on their side that their opponents are severely lacking - the hostile Auckland crowd.
With tonight's match expected to be a sell out, Australian batsman Aaron Finch spoke about the effect that the crowd has on the match, acting as a 12th man at times when the Black Caps are in the ascendancy.
"Once New Zealand get on top in a game, they become such a huge factor," he said yesterday.
"We saw in that World Cup game here (2015) when New Zealand beat us, the crowd was just unbelievable."
"They get stuck into you, which is pretty good banter at times - a lot of non-imaginative stuff at times, but it is a great place to play."
Finch also noted Australia's woes at Eden Park, having not picked up a win at the ground since 2010.
"We haven't won here for a while."
"I was going to say it's always nice if you do win here - but that's something we want to change."
Auckland's cricketing faithful will have a huge part to play when the sides meet tonight.
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DROPPED! Sodhi bowls to Willey and he smashes it down to Mitch Santner who is on the boundary. It should have been a wicket but he drops it cold, looked like he might have mistimed his jump. A crucial error by Santner.
OUT! Malan and Vince try to sneak in a single. But Kane Williamson is on target with his throw at the stumps and Vince has been run out.
9.32pm: 10 overs - ENG 90/2 - Malan 23, Vince 10
9.26pm: 8.3 overs - ENG 79/2 - Hales 47, Malan 22
WICKET! Ish Sodhi gets his man and Alex Hales comes up short of reaching a half ton. Hales hits it straight to deep midwicket where Colin de Grandhomme makes a comfortable catch on the boundary.
9.24pm: 8 overs - ENG 74/1 - Hales 47, Malan 16
A tidy over from Colin Munro as he only lets in three runs in his over with the ball.
9.21pm: 7 overs - ENG 71/1 - Hales 46, Malan 15
SIX! Ish Sodhi bowls to Hales and he smashes it into the stands at deep midwicket!
9.17pm: 6 overs - ENG 60/1 - Hales 40, Malan 10
A crucial part of the match as NZ introduce Ish Sodhi into the bowling attack.
9.12pm: 5 overs - ENG 51/1 - Hales 39, Malan 2
An expensive over from Trent Boult, Alex Hales scores 20 runs in that over - two sixes and two fours.
9.08pm: 4 overs - ENG 31/1 - Hales 19, Malan 2
A mixed over for Santner as England score nine runs in that over.
9.00m: 2.1 overs - ENG 14/1 - Hales 5, Malan*
WICKET! Tim Southee bowls to Roy. It is a short delivery from Southee and he hits to mid on where Trent Boult makes a simple catch.
8.55pm: 1 over - ENG 8/0 - Roy 8, Hales
It was a promising start from Trent Boult with the ball but Roy hit back-to-back fours in that over, getting his side to a good start to their run chase.
8.45pm: A solid innings from New Zealand with the bat. Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson were superb each hitting a half century. Chris Jordan came up with the play of the match for England dismissing Colin de Grandhomme with a sublime catch on the boundary.
Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert were excellent on debut with Chapman scoring 20 and Seifert scoring 14 in the last over. A tough innings coming up for England as they need 197 runs to win the match.
8.40pm: 20 overs - NZ 196 - Taylor 1, Seifert 14
A brilliant cameo from Seifert who scored back-to-back sixes in the final over of the match. A great debut from Chapman and Seifert.
WICKET! A great spell by Chris Jordan and he picks up the crucial wicket of Kane Williamson. It's a full outside off delivery from Jordan and Williamson walks across his crease, he attempts to work it to the leg side but he misses, the ball hits his pad and goes into the off stump.
WICKET! Colin de Grandhomme tries to go big but he hits it straight to Jordan on the boundary. He times it perfectly, jumps and gets his right hand to it and pulls off a sensational catch. He does superbly well to stay inside the boundary.
Black Caps' Martin Guptill hits a six off a free hit against Pakistan.
FOUR! Liam Plunkett bowls to Williamson and the NZ skipper gets this through the off side, it's chased hard by David Willey and he's flicked it back. Replays showed his hand was touching the rope as he tried to keep the ball from hitting the boundary.
The first boundary of the night for the Black Caps skipper.
OUT! England get the crucial wicket of Colin Munro. Mark Wood bowls to Munro and he's hit it skyward. It's a short-of-a-length ball and Munro goes for a pull shot. He gets a big top edge which is comfortably caught by Sam Billings at long leg.
FOUR! Chris Jordan bowls to Munro and he's lucky to get away with that shot. It is a short ball around leg stump and Munro pulls and gets enough on it to clear short fine leg.
7.12pm: 3 overs - NZ 26/0 - Munro 5, Guptill 19
A solid over from Martin Guptill as he scores back-to-back fours.
7.09pm: 2 overs - NZ 17/0 - Munro 5, Guptill 11
FOUR! Mark Wood bowls to Guptill. The ball Wood is short and is a straight delivery. Martin Guptill leans back and ramps it right over the wicket keeper.
7.06pm: 1.1 overs - NZ 9/0 - Munro 5, Guptill 3
FOUR! Mark Wood bowls to Munro and the Kiwi batsman delivers a sublime shot. Colin Munro drives it straight down the ground and just has enough on it to reach the boundary.
7.04pm: 1 over - NZ 4/0 - Munro 1, Guptill 3
A slow and steady start for New Zealand. David Willey bowls to Munro and he nearly cleans him up! Munro moves down pitch and he aims to go through the leg side, he swings and misses the ball completely and the ball just skims past off stump.
7.00pm: NZ 0/0 - Munro*, Guptill*
6.51pm: Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will open the batting for New Zealand with Kane Williamson named to bat at the number three spot.
6.30pm: The England skipper Jos Butler has won the toss and has elected to bowl first.
The Black Caps will be looking to break a three match losing streak against the visitors tonight.
Kane Williamson appears to be fit enough for tonight's match despite fighting a back injury.
Tim Seifert could possibly make his debut tonight for New Zealand after his sensational form in the Super Smash for the Northern Districts.
Both New Zealand have lost to Australia in the tri-series with England dropping both T20 matches to David Warner's side.
The winner of tonight's match will face Australia at Eden Park in Auckland next Wednesday.
Black Caps (possible): 1 Martin Guptill, 2 Kane Williamson (c), 3 Colin Munro, 4 Mark Chapman, 5 Ross Taylor, 6 Colin de Grandhomme, 7 Tim Seifert, 8 Mitchell Santner, 9 Tim Southee, 10 Trent Boult, 11 Ish Sodhi.
England (possible): 1 Jason Roy, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Dawid Malan, 4 James Vince, 5 Jos Buttler (c), 6 Sam Billings, 7 David Willey, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Liam Plunkett/Tom Curran, 10 Chris Jordan, 11 Mark Wood.
Westpac Stadium could fall under further scrutiny from New Zealand Cricket after images surfaced of a significantly lacklustre drop-in pitch set to be used for tonight's crucial Tri-Series Twenty20 match between the Black Caps and England.
Former English cricketer Ian Ward shared an image of the pitch last night which featured a strange-looking bare patch in the middle.
Westpac Stadium has already come under fire this year for an unimpressive surface after it hosted a T20 international between the Black Caps and Pakistan on January 22.
The visitors were bowled for just 105 on the occasion with the Black Caps themselves struggling at times to chase down the target - the home team needing 16 overs and the loss of three wickets to get the job done.
"We're all well aware it wasn't a great wicket," Black Caps coach Mike Hesson said after that match.
The Black Caps play England at 7pm tonight.
The Westpac Stadium pitch ahead of the Black Caps' Tri-Series T20 match against England.
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