3 Feb 2018

Blacks Caps look to regain fielding mojo

4:28 pm on 3 February 2018

Stung by their recent Twenty20 series loss to Pakistan, New Zealand are looking to recapture their fielding spark when they face Australia in Sydney.

The Black Caps are looking to hit the ground running after a disappointing end to Pakistan's tour, allrounder Colin de Grandhomme said.

After winning the one day series 5-0 the Black Caps won the first T20 by seven wickets but slumped to back-to-back defeats to lose the series.

The focus ahead of Saturday night's game has been getting their fielding back to where it was in the one day series.

Colin de Grandhomme.

Colin de Grandhomme. Photo: Photosport

De Grandhomme is confident the Black Caps won't have any trouble recapturing the intensity that had been missing from their past two T20 matches.

England have found post-Ashes form in their return to white-ball cricket, winning their five-match ODI series 4-1 over Australia.

"It's nice to play two of the big teams in the world, and to do well against them will make us look even better," de Grandhomme said.

New Zealand are looking to regain their number one T20 world ranking with Pakistan's recent series win edging them into first place, three points ahead of New Zealand.

"You always want to be on top of the world and, hopefully, we can get back there with this series.

"But England are very confident and aggressive with the white ball, so they're always going to be hard."

After Saturday's game at the SCG, the Black Caps return to New Zealand for a 13 February match against England in Wellington.

Their two remaining games are against Australia on 16 February at Eden Park, and England two days later in Hamilton.

The tri-series final will be played on 21 February in Auckland.