New Zealand v England: Steve Finn wary of ‘exceptionally talented’ hosts

New Zealand v England: Steve Finn warns the tourists that Brendon McCullum's side are a match for anyone on their day

Steve Finn has warned England that New Zealand are a “match for anyone” on their day ahead of the opening Test of the three-match series in Dunedin.

England triumphed in the one-day international and Twenty20 series in February and are looking to make it a clean sweep on their New Zealand tour.

However, the tourists suffered a three-wicket loss to a New Zealand XI on Saturday, and Finn warned his team-mates that the hosts are “exceptionally talented” and cannot be underestimated.

“The way that they approach their cricket, they always billed themselves as underdogs,” Finn told ECB TV.

“But they’re an exceptionally talented team with some exceptionally talented players.

“As we saw throughout the one-day and Twenty20 series, on their day, they’re a match for anyone.”

Alastair Cook also called on England to continue their current form after coming from an opening ODI loss to win the series 2-1 last month.

“The character we showed from going 1-0 down [in the ODI series]. We didn’t play particularly well, yet I still believe we should have won,” said Cook.

“But the standard we showed in those last two games, we really put them under some pressure and played well. I expect nothing different in these Test matches.”

He added: “It’s very combative. It’s tough out there. They’ve got those danger men who can take a game away from you in a session or two.”

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