New Zealand handed Australia a drubbing in the first ODI of the three-match series at Eden Park in Auckland, and the Kiwis will look for more of the same when the 2nd ODI comes knocking at the Westpac Stadium in Wellington on Saturday.
Australia's winning run was brought at halt by India, after they won the final ODI of the five-match series. Then the Aussies went on to lose the T20 series to India, and that too 3-0.
Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Trent Boult and Matt Henry were responsible for the absolute demolition of the Aussies in the first ODI, with Australia well aware of the need for improvement.
Australia, as a result, have recalled Usman Khawaja in order to save the series. It will interesting to see whether he will be able to perform fro the word go.
Khawaja was included in the Australia playing XI in the third T20, but the India bowling attack made sure that the in-form left hander was sent back to the pavilion early. He did not bother the scorers too much. The Victorian will be key to saving Australia from a second defeat in the series against New Zealand.
"Different conditions, different team. I'm not a big believer in form to be honest so I just got to go out and keep doing the same things - watching the ball, keeping it simple," Khawaja was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.
"It's a new challenge out there so nothing I did previously has any effect on what I hopefully do tomorrow. The past is done.
"I'm feeling really good right now and but that doesn't always mean I'm going to score runs. I'm just going to try and contribute to the team to hopefully get us a win in this second game."
Adam Zampa will also add stability to the Australian bowling attack in the second ODI.
Meanwhile, Kiwi opening batsman Guptill has been in superb form with his willow and has been a constant threat for the opposition bowlers. He will look to continue with his series of outstanding performances, on the day he is likely to go for big bucks at the IPL auction.
The Black Caps will be looking to give McCullum a fitting farewell by winning the ODI series against Australia.
Lineups: New Zealand (expected): Brendon McCullum (C), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Trent Boult.
Australia (confirmed): Steve Smith (C), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Matthew Wade (wk), John Hastings, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson, Josh Hazlewood.
Where to watch live:
The 2nd ODI of the three-match series between New Zealand and Australia is scheduled for a 2 pm local time (6:30 am IST and 1 am GMT) start. Unfortunately, there will be no live coverage of the game in India.
Audience in the UK can tune into Sky Sports 2 and Sky Sports HD 2 to watch New Zealand vs Australia 2nd ODI live. Watch Sky Sports will live stream the match at the same time.
Fans in New Zealand can watch New Zealand vs Australia 2nd ODI on SkySport.
US viewers can tune into Willow TV. They can also live-stream the 2nd ODI on Willow TV online.