Pressure’s on fast bowlers against NZ at Eden Park

FORMER one-day international Ashley Noffke says Australia's fast bowlers must fire if they are to win today's World Cup match against New Zealand at Auckland's Eden Park.

Noffke, who lives on the Sunshine Coast and took part in yesterday's Bulls Masters Charity Gold Day at Coolum, said the small outfield of Eden Park meant the fast bowlers had to be deadly accurate or face a heavy defeat at the hands of the Black Caps.

"Small boundaries and fast outfields in New Zealand mean as a fast bowler, you will go for a lot of boundaries if you are off your game," he said.

"We have seen in the past that games can be lost even if you score 330.

"Basically, when they are trying to bowl a yorker, they need to do it and that is what they get paid for."

New Zealand has been sensational in their opening three matches of the World Cup, beating Sri Lanka, Scotland and England in convincing fashion.

Australia has played only one match so far, smashing England two weeks ago, but has not played since, after its match against Bangladesh was cancelled last Saturday.

"We haven't played in a while, and the conditions over in New Zealand are going to suit them, and so they should," Noffke said.

"We don't have an out and out spinner comparative to the other teams, but with our batting power, we should be too strong."

Michael Clarke makes his return from injury and will take his spot at three in the line-up.

"He hasn't played for a while, and it is always hard if you haven't been in the middle for a long time," Noffke said.

"I don't think you are going to see anything outstanding from him, but he will contribute some runs.

"We have the power around him to make that up. That will be a good balance for our side."