Smith eager to forget Eden Park thrashing


Steve Smith was eager to erase Australia's one-day international hammering by New Zealand from his memory and said there could be changes to the batting line-up in Wellington on Saturday.

The world champions started their tour with a crushing 159-run defeat at Eden Park on Wednesday after being skittled out for only 148 in reply to 307-8.

Martin Guptill (90) and Brendon McCullum (44) got the Black Caps off to a flying start before Henry Nicholls (61) and Mitchell Santner (35 not out) got them over the 300 mark.

Trent Boult (3-38) and Matt Henry (3-41) ripped through the tourists' top order to reduce them to 41-6 after only nine overs and there was no way back for Australia, as they were bowled out in less than 25 overs for the first time in an ODI.

Usman Khawaja could benefit from Australia's dismal display by being given a recall and Smith hinted at alterations for the second game of the three-match series.

"I think after this batting display it will be talked about amongst selectors," he said.

"It wasn't our best display so I'm sure that will be talked about.

"Today the way we batted it looked like we were in a bit of a hurry, almost in T20 mode if you will but we're going to have to improve on that and make sure we give ourselves a chance in the next couple of games.

"I'd like to forget tonight's game to be perfectly honest. It hasn't been a great start to the series for us."

 Smith said Australia, who beat New Zealand in the World Cup final last year, may have to adapt their approach against pacemen Boult and Henry. 

"I don't think the ball was really moving around that much today so that was a bit disappointing," the skipper said.

"We know that the two up front - Henry and Boult - are class bowlers and wicket-taking bowlers and we just didn't adapt well enough today.

 "We let them get on top of us, we probably went a little bit too hard at them and we didn't have it in us tonight. We did what we did here last time during the World Cup [when New Zealand won by one wicket in Pool A].

"I think playing over here against those guys we need to take a little bit longer to get ourselves in - give ourselves a chance. 

"We didn't do that tonight and we're going to have to learn quickly and hopefully we can do that in a couple of days' time in Wellington."