OPINION: What World Cup? Cop that, Kiwis

YOU have to laugh.

New Zealanders have spent the last week crowing about their second consecutive Rugby World Cup, an event the All Blacks are usually expected to win anyway (much like the Australians in rugby league).

It is refreshing to see how quickly they zipped up and threw away the key, as Big Bad Davey Warner and trusty sidekick Joey Burns plundered the best of what they have to offer at the Gabba.

To be fair, New Zealand has one of the best sides they have had in years.

With the likes of Tim Southee and Trent Boult in the XI, who represent one of the best bowling pairs in world cricket, and the ever-dangerous Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson ready to fire, New Zealand could have easily started this series as clear favourites.

Fast forward a day and the scene could not be more different.

Warner and Burns plundered the Kiwi attack, as they became just the seventh Australian opening partnership to reach 0-100 against their Trans-Tasman rivals.

They ultimately reached 161 before Burns was dismissed for 71, which is the fourth-highest opening stand against New Zealand.

Burns' knock was top shelf, and was the perfect answer for those who criticised the Queenslanders' selection.

Even if it was akin to a training run for most of the morning, a battle with our Trans-Tasman cousins is the perfect warm-up for Burns, whose average is now a healthy 72.3.

My tip: Australia wins the First Test by 200 runs, and goes on to win the series 2-0.

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