McCullum, New Zealand target response


New Zealand have plenty to play for as captain Brendon McCullum bids farewell to international cricket in the second Test against Australia.

Not only are the Black Caps looking to send McCullum out a winner, they are also out to save the two-Test series they trail 1-0 and deny Australia the number one Test ranking.

The hosts were comfortably beaten by an innings and 52 runs in the series opener and desperately need a response in Christchurch starting Saturday.

Australia captain Steve Smith said a series win - and the top ranking - were huge keys for his team heading into the encounter.

"Both are big motivations. We want to be number one in the world in every format of the game and if we win this week, we'll be number one in two of those formats," he told a news conference.

"For us, we do want to win away from home as well, that's massive on my agenda and the guys' agenda and I thought we played really well in the first Test match to adapt to the conditions.

"I think it's going to be important for us going forward to make sure we're doing that a lot."

Australia have been forced into one change with the injured Peter Siddle (back) replaced by James Pattinson.

Doug Bracewell (shoulder) is out for the Kiwis, with his spot seemingly likely to be taken by left-armer Neil Wagner.

Smith described the pitch as "quite green and wet" on Friday, and that will give Mike Hesson a boost after the New Zealand coach called for an even greener wicket than in Wellington.

The Australia skipper was also full of praise for McCullum, who was presented with a Sport New Zealand Leadership Award in the lead-up to the Test.

"I think he's been a terrific leader for New Zealand," Smith said.

"I guess any captain wants to change the way their team plays for the better and I think he's certainly done that for New Zealand.

"I think he's going to be missed by the New Zealand cricket team."

McCullum has struggled for form this year and was dismissed for a duck and 10 in the first Test, but will be hoping to bow out with better - and more fitting - numbers than that.