Richardson: No peace for bowlers


Kane Richardson is not worried by the conditions and batsman that will welcome him and Australia in New Zealand.

Richardson said there is not a place in the world where bowlers can go and expect favourable conditions or weak batsman anymore, particularly in the 50-over format.

Speaking to reporters upon the team's arrival in New Zealand, Richardson said he did not expect life to get any easier for the Aussie bowlers after a tough home series against India.

"I think every bowling attack in the world is under pressure because one day batting is good now in one-day cricket," he said.

"Every team has sorted that out and they know their game well.

"This series is no different in terms of the batting being high quality, the batting groups are full of confidence, so as a bowler you have to find a way to stop them."

That will be easier said than done against a host of New Zealand batting talent, headlined by retiring captain Brendon McCullum, but Richardson said there was no shortage of danger in a batting outfit that includes Martin Guptill and Kane Richardson - last year's two leading run-scorers in ODIs - among others.

"Their top order is quality. All those players make runs," Richardson said.

"They're dangerous, all of their top six or top seven.

"I'm expecting [McCullum] to come hard against us because he seems to enjoy it against us."

Factor in the shorter boundaries and Richardson fears another run-fest may be on the cards.

"I've heard plenty about the straight boundaries, that was the chat on the way over here," the paceman said.

"The last series we played here was tough on the bowlers and that's worldwide, one-day cricket is high scoring and that's the way it is."

The ODI series kicks off on Wednesday in Auckland.