New Zealand seamer Doug Bracewell says their upcoming tour to Australia will be a 'massive challenge' even though the Aussies have lost quite a few experienced players.
The Black Caps will play three Tests against their neighbours in November and right-arm bowler Bracewell insists it will be a daunting ask to win away from home.
The Aussies lost Michael Clarke, Chris Rogers, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson, who all retired from the longest format of the game after they were beaten in the recent Ashes series in England.
Bracewell said: "They will have some new faces with some guys retiring after The Ashes, but Australia has a proud record at home and they will be doing everything they can to continue that.
"It is the massive challenge. They are the best team in the world, so to play them in their own conditions is the ultimate challenge and one that all of the boys are up for.
"Australia has a great record in their conditions and they will be really tough to beat in this series."
The first Test starts in Brisbane on 5 November.