Southee seeks bowling improvement

02 February 2018 10:18:01 EST

New Zealand want to improve their bowling when they start their T20 tri-series, says paceman Tim Southee.

The Black Caps see Australia stand-in skipper David Warner as a danger during the series, and know they'll have to be on their game.

The beauty of the side is we don't ride the emotions that can come with winning and losing.

Tim Southee

The mood in the camp was buoyant when they won their first 13 completed games of the home international summer, but New Zealand lost the last two to go down 2-1 to Pakistan in the T20 series.

They are second in the T20 world rankings, five places above Australia, who they meet in the tri-series opener at the SCG on Saturday.

Southee said: "I think the execution with the ball in those last two games probably haven't been where we have throughout the summer. That's probably one thing from a bowling point of view that we probably will work a little bit harder on over the next couple of days in training.

"We played some good cricket throughout the summer, the last couple of games haven't been our best, but the beauty of the side is we don't ride the emotions that can come with winning and losing."

Southee's expecting Warner, who's had previous experience as a T20 skipper in the IPL with Sunrisers Hyderabad, to be aggressive during the series.

The left-handed opener struggled in Australia's recent 4-1 ODI series loss to England, scoring 73 runs at an average of under 15.

Southee said: "He's a class player, he's shown that over a long period of time and good players don't stay down for too long.

"We know that we're going to have to be on top of our game to stay on top of him."

New Zealand are 13/8 to win beat Australia, who are 1/2.

David Warner is 11/4 to be Australia's top batsman.

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