Kiwis to let actions do the talking on the field

NEW Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson says he doesn't think the Anzac Spirit will stop the Aussies sledging in Saturday's much-anticipated World Cup clash in Auckland.

But he said he doubted the Black Caps players would be too keen to get involved in any verbal sparring.

"Their sledging tactics are well-known now and something we haven't involved ourselves in," said Anderson, man of the match in his team's opening match against Sri Lanka with 75 runs off 46 balls.

"We'll be expecting a bit of heat from them and we'll just deal with it as it comes."

Despite having played 54 one-dayers for New Zealand, Anderson, who put his name in the record books with a then-record 100 off just 36 balls against the West Indies in January 2014, has never played a 50-over game against Australia.

But, he said the advent of competitions such as the Indian Premier League meant most players were familiar with rivals from other major cricketing nations.

"You can play these guys without being in the international arena and see what they're like. They're not going to be foreign," he said.

Anderson also dismissed suggestions by Aussie opener Aaron Finch New Zealand would feel the pressure of expectation after big wins over Sri Lanka and England.

"It's the World Cup and every game is a pressure situation," he said. "It's exciting for us and we look at it as a positive to come out in front of a packed crowd at Eden Park, who hopefully will get stuck into the Aussies."

- APNZ



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