Blackcaps v Australia: How can New Zealand avoid Boxing Day test disaster?

The Blackcaps' humbling 296-run defeat at the hands of Australia in Perth has created a raft of questions before Melbourne's Boxing Day test.

They're questions that, just a week ago, most cricket fans this side of the Tasman weren't asking.

What to do with out-of-form opener Jeet Raval? What is all-rounder Mitch Santner's role in this test side? 

Where are specialist spinners Ajaz Patel or Will Sommerville? Who is our back-up opener?

A series that New Zealand public had anticipated with excitement now threatens to become an embarrassment, if this very good side can't solve a few glaring problems.

Newshub sports Andrew Gourdie and Brad Lewis dissect what went wrong in Perth, and discuss whether they can turn the tide in Melbourne and beyond. 

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