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Blackcap Tim Southee looking to lift for Chappell-Hadlee

Wednesday 30 Nov 2016 5:35 p.m.

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Injury-free Black Caps seamer Tim Southee is looking forward to extending his impressive Test form into the three-match Chappell-Hadlee ODI series in Australia over the next nine days.

Southee added two second-innings scalps to his first innings six-wicket haul as New Zealand grabbed a 138-run win in the second Test against Pakistan in Hamilton on Tuesday.

The 27-year-old right-armer is confident he's shaken off the ankle injury that restricted him earlier this year, and is confident he can carry his form against Pakistan across to the 50-over format.

"I feel like I've bowled reasonably well for a while now, and it's nice to have those niggles and few injuries put back for a while," he said on Wednesday.

"It's just nice to be out there playing consistent cricket and bowling plenty of overs."

While the Black Caps enjoyed celebrating New Zealand's first Test series win over Pakistan for more than 30 years, Southee says it didn't take long for their focus to shift to the upcoming ODI fixtures.

"It's a different series, different format, different conditions - it's the way cricket is these days, you chop and change formats," he said.

"We've got a couple of days to get our heads around what the challenge is ahead, enjoy what's happened but look forward to what lies ahead of us."

The Black Caps squad which will defend the Chappell-Hadlee trophy has only five players - Southee, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Trent Boult and Matt Henry - from the team which lost last year's World Cup final to Australia.

Boult has passed a full fitness test after missing the Pakistan Test with a knee injury, and Guptill has had a cortisone injection for his shoulder and appears to be fine.

The squad as a whole lacks recent limited-overs experience against Australia, with New Zealand's last ODI series across the Tasman in 2009.

However, Southee has every confidence the Black Caps will rise to the challenge when the first ODI kicks off in Sydney on Sunday.

"It's not an easy place to go to - the crowds can get on your back pretty quickly, but it's an experience they'll enjoy," Southee said.

"It's different to playing cricket anywhere else in the world. They play the game hard, and in their own conditions they're a great side."

The second ODI is scheduled for December 6 in Canberra, with the third in Melbourne three days later.

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