6 Mar 2012

Experience will help Black Caps

6:06 am on 6 March 2012

The New Zealand cricketers have a couple of experienced players to call on for this week's first test against South Africa in Dunedin.

Despite the ever increasing gap between the 2 sides during the tour, former skipper Dan Vettori says the mood in the camp is good.

Having lost the Twenty20 series 2-1, the Black Caps lost the one day series three-nil and if that pattern continues a series whitewash looms in the three test series starting tomorrow at the University Oval.

South Africa's ranked second on the test rankings and New Zealand a lowly eighth above only Bangladesh.

But Vettori believes the experience he, Chris Martin and Ross Taylor brings will help the test side which has won their last 2 matches against Australia and Zimbabwe.