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16:30 Wed Mar 21 2012
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New Zealand's cricketers, searching for a way to square the series against South Africa heading into Friday's third Test in Wellington, are turning to Australia for inspiration.

The memory of December's victory in Hobart is still fresh in their minds, giving them hope of bouncing back from a crushing nine-wicket defeat in Hamilton.

The seven-run win against Australia, the first on their shores in 26 years, came after a comprehensive defeat in Brisbane - the same margin as the Proteas inflicted on the Black Caps at Seddon Park.

Former skipper Daniel Vettori, who missed the Hobart heroics with injury, says that win showed they could bounce back quickly and how they played in the final Test would make or break their season.

"If we can scrap back in this Test match then it's been overall a very successful summer. If not, then I think it will be remembered for that (Hamilton) loss.

"It's really important the guys understand that and the guys have done it in the past so this is an opportunity to try and do it again," he told reporters after training indoors as a second day of rain swept across the capital.

The Basin Reserve is expected to offer some encouragement to the seamers, especially after being under cover for the last two days, but despite South Africa's potent pace attack Vettori feels it may suit the hosts better.

"Going back to Hobart and seeing how green that wicket was and how well the guys performed I think, if anything, it'll even the sides up.

"We enjoy playing on this wicket and we're hoping that we can turn it around in this Test."

The recalled Daniel Flynn and the fit-again Dean Brownlie are both expected to play to strengthen a brittle batting line-up that was dismissed for under 200 twice in Hamilton.

It means Vettori is likely to have only three seamers for company, with Chris Martin, Doug Bracewell and Wellingtonian Mark Gillespie, after six wickets in Hamilton, set to be the pace trio.

Vettori says putting a performance together with both bat and ball is vital if they hope to be in with a shout of drawing the three-Test series.

"It's just putting together four innings. We've either done two or three and let ourselves down in one, so this has to be one to do it in all four and that's the only way you're going to beat a team like South Africa," he said.