Blackcaps v Australia: BJ Watling warns against kneejerk reaction to series sweep

Blackcaps wicketkeeper BJ Watling has cautioned against sweeping changes to his battered team, after their series sweep in Australia over the past month.

The New Zealand cricket side arrived back in Auckland on Wednesday, licking their wounds from three test drubbings, where they were barely competitive against their trans-Tasman rivals.

Ranked No.2 in world test rankings before the tour, they have dropped a spot, but must now regroup, before hosting top-rated India later this month.

While injury has taken a toll on the squad, Watling is adamant one horror series should not see the line-up dismantled.

"It was obviously very disappointing not to come away with performances we would like," he told Newshub. "We set a much better standard than we delivered for this tour, but we'll have to regroup and come back stronger against India."

After scoring a double century against England in November, Watling struggled as much as any NZ batsman against the rapid Aussie bowling attack, scoring 105 runs at an average of 17.5 per innings.

"They had the conditions that suited their bowlers, and they batted very well and put us under a lot of pressure as well.

"There are a lot of things we definitely need to work on and improve. I know this team is good enough to make those adjustments and move forward from a disappointing series."

New Zealand will have the benefit of those home conditions against India, and Watling backs his teammates to learn from their mistakes and bounce back.

"We've got to learn from that series, because India are just as strong, if not stronger, and their quick bowlers are going really, really well at the moment, so they will bring their own challenge.

"We know how good their batting is too - it's definitely a challenge, but that's great for us. You want to play the best. 

"It's been a very good 3-4 years from this group and we've had one bad month... I don't think wholesale changes are needed, but I'm sure people will look at things and make sure we have a strong squad selected for a strong India team."

New Zealand will face India in the first of five T20s on January 24, with three one-day fixtures and two tests also scheduled.