WELLINGTON (AFP) - Australia have warned of a "fiery clash" in the first Test against New Zealand starting in Wellington on Friday as tensions continue to simmer over the bizarre one-day international (ODI) dismissal of Mitchell Marsh.
Australian captain Steve Smith, who was clearly annoyed at the way Marsh was given out in the third ODI on Monday, has diplomatically said there was no lasting animosity.
But Australian quick John Hastings gave a blunt warning on Wednesday that relations remained strained between the two sides and there would be fireworks, and not just to celebrate New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum's 100th Test.
It will be "a nice fiery clash, I'm sure there will be plenty on it," Hastings said as the players took a look at the green Test wicket that offers venom for the quick bowlers.
"They (New Zealand) want to be the 'big spirit of cricket' in the ICC (International Cricket Council), but when it comes down to it, with a big series on the line, you're obviously going to take that one aren't you?"
Marsh was given out after a vociferous crowd reaction to replays on the big screen at the ground brought the umpire's attention to the caught and bowled dismissal.
The replays showed the ball had rebounded off Marsh's boot and not the ground to be caught by bowler Matt Henry and the batsman was given out.
The loss of the wicket started an Australian collapse that gave New Zealand the game by 55 runs and the series 2-1.
Both sides struggled in the middle order with their batting, but New Zealand go into the Test with their tails up after their overall success.
"I think we just take a bit of confidence," coach Mike Hesson said. "Knowing that if we're able to put Australia under pressure from a batting point of view then that can create opportunities for us."