Colin Munro hopes for bowling opportunity in T20 Tri-Series final against Australia

Attention Kane Williamson. Don't be afraid to throw Colin Munro the ball against Australia.

The Blackcaps opening batsman was a noticeable absentee from the bowing crease during New Zealand's five-wicket loss against David Warner's side in Auckland on Friday night.

With the attack being flayed all around the 'Garden of Eden', Munro's ability to take the pace off the ball may have turned the game back in New Zealand's favour.

But skipper Williamson never shifted from his five front-line bowlers, including Ben Wheeler who was tonked for 64 from 3.1 overs before being replaced.

Munro said he was keen to see if he could have made a difference.

"I was hoping for a little bowl to be honest," Munro told Newshub.

"The way they were going, if I had gone for 12 or 13, it would have been a win in that situation. I'm really working on my bowling so hopefully I get a few more overs."

The Aucklander doesn't have too many secrets when it comes to bowling, just one key word - slow.

"Well I can't bowl fast so, yeah, I would have tried to change it up as much as I can.

"For me, it's the slow ball or the slower ball. For me, it's about trying to bowl as tight as I can, slow and wide, and mix up my pace a little bit so it's not the same everytime."

The opening pair have been in sublime form this summer.
The opening pair have been in sublime form this summer. Photo credit: Getty

Munro's main job is to score runs and despite back-to-back losses, he and opening partner Martin Guptill have combined for an astonishing 300 runs in the past two games.

Guptill told Newshub there is no real plan when they head out to the middle. It's as simple as playing their natural games and seeing how the innings develops.

"We both try and go hard," Guptill said.

"The other night [vs England], I couldn't get going as well as I would have liked so it was my job to get Colin on strike as he was hitting it pretty well."

If the Blackcaps find themselves setting a target against Australia in Wednesday night's tri-series final, Guptill and Munro have a key role to play.

Not only are the pair crucial to New Zealand posting a competitive score, but they both have a major role in deciding how the innings will play out.

"Early on it is our job to make that assessment," Guptill told Newshub.

"While some pitches may be a 160 par, if we get off to a flyer then that becomes 200.

"But also other wickets that 160 becomes a 140 total pretty quickly. It's about making that assessment quickly and then relaying that to the dressing room.

And Munro doesn't expect the type of hitting that saw the teams combine for a record 32 sixes and a total of 488 runs in 38.5 overs.

The 30-year-old sees both sets of attacks making the right adjustments to offer a sterner test for the batsmen.

"It was one of those typical Eden Park wickets," said Munro. "It was a little bit slower than the one we played against Pakistan on, but still a very good wicket to bat on.

"Both bowling units would not have been happy with their execution and that's the biggest thing. When bowlers have executed well at Eden Park in the past, the par score has been more like 150-160."

First ball in the final is scheduled for 7pm on Wednesday with a forecast of fine weather in the City of Sails.