Australians sledged upon arrival in New Zealand for one-day and Test series

Australians sledged upon arrival in New Zealand for one-day and Test series

Two days out from their New Zealand tour opener and Australia's cricketers have already copped some verbal barbs from home fans.

Fast bowler Kane Richardson expects a barrage from New Zealand fans on Wednesday in his first match on Auckland's Eden Park and quipped he'd already had a sneak peak from punters leaning on the boundary fence near the nets at Monday's training.

"We've copped a bit already just being in the nets, so [I expect] just the same as what we got in the last half an hour. Once again it's something that's been mentioned for the blokes who haven't been here. You're going to cop a bit," Richardson said.

"Boof [Australia's coach Darren Lehmann] said when he played in Wellington he got a fish thrown at him, or a toilet seat or something, so it'd be nice if that didn't happen. In terms of banter from the crowd, yeah, it happens in Australia to visiting teams and even to us, so it should be a good experience."

Injury:  Australian bowler Kane Richardson.

Injury: Australian bowler Kane Richardson.

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A crowd of between 25,000 and 30,000 is expected on Wednesday for the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy opener, a day-nighter.

Crowd behaviour was under the microscope during the recent Pakistan tour when fast bowler Mohammad Amir was reportedly upset by crowd taunts at the Basin Reserve. Team-mate Mohammad Hafeez complained to the umpires after fans flashed money at the convicted spot fixer.

During last November's test in Perth, Black Caps security intervened when senior bowler Tim Southee copped some "excessive" crowd abuse on the boundary, and the crowd members were dealt with by ground security.

Richardson, 24, is in line to play his 12th one-day international, having taken 5-68 in his previous ODI against India in Canberra.

He said the short straight hit at Eden Park was the big talking point in the team, who return to the ground where the Black Caps beat them by one wicket with a Kane Williamson six in a World Cup thriller 11 months ago.

"I've heard plenty about the [Eden Park] straight boundaries. that was the main chat on the way over. That last series we played in was tough for the bowlers and it's going to be no different here in these three games. Worldwide one-day cricket is high scoring, that's the way it is."

Nine of the Australian squad trained under sunny skies at Eden Park's Outer Oval, and will be joined later on Monday by Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner and Scott Boland after Sunday's seven-wicket defeat to India in the final Twenty20 international in Sydney.

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