Australia to target Williamson - Smith


Steve Smith says Kane Williamson's wicket is Australia's top priority ahead of their opening one-day international with New Zealand on Sunday.

Williamson is one of the most destructive batsmen in the 50-over format and still averages 40 despite what has been a disappointing year by his standards.

The 26-year-old has scored 153 runs in six matches against Smith's men in ODIs but only has 12 to his name when playing on Australian soil.

And Smith is keen for that run of form to continue as they face the Black Caps in a three-match series taking place over the next six days.

"They've got a lot of quality players in their line-up," Smith told a media conference. 

"A lot of the time they bat around Kane Williamson, he's sort of the glue in their middle order.

"I wouldn't say there's any vulnerabilities there. Kane's a quality player and he's capable of scoring big runs. 

"He's certainly one that we'll need to get on top of if we want to have success in this series."