Steve Smith reveals why Kiwi is one of the world's best

Steve Smith sees a little bit of himself in Kane Williamson as Australia prepare to take on New Zealand's best ever batsman.

Williamson has arrived in Perth as New Zealand's most important player for the Trans-Tasman series, starting Thursday.

Williamson doesn't get the headlines that Virat Kohli does in cricket-mad India or Smith attracts in Australia, but he comfortably sits aside them as the world's best.

The right-hander has averaged 59 or above in five of his past six years in Test cricket. His overall average of 52.68 is the highest of any Black Cap in history.

"He plays the ball incredibly late. He is patient," Smith said.

"I think we actually hold the bat reasonably similarly. He has got quite a closed grip.

Steve Smith sees a lot of himself in Kane Williamson's batting. Pic: Getty

"I like that in Test cricket personally. It just helps playing the ball a bit later and I think he plays it a bit later than anybody else in the world.

"Terrific work ethic and a good eye and plenty of time. I think he has loads of time against quick bowling.

"He is a quality player and hopefully we can keep him quiet this series."

Williamson has also performed on Australian shores before, with centuries in the first two Tests of the 2015-16 tour.

But the Black Caps are not a one-man band with the bat.

Kane Williamson is currently ranked third in the ICC Test batting charts. Pic: Getty

Ross Taylor needs just 151 runs in the series to go past Stephen Fleming as New Zealand's all-time leading run-scorer.

He hit 290 on his last visit to Perth for a Test.

Brian Watling also hit a double-hundred just last month against England, while Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls also both average above 40.

"We're very fortunate we have a top five that have been scoring a lot of runs of late," New Zealand quick Tim Southee said.

"And different guys have been standing up a different times over the past few years.

"Not only having Kane and Ross there, but the likes of Tom Latham and Henry Nicholls, who has done a great job for us over the past few years as well.

"And then you've got someone like BJ Watling who loves a scrap and tough situation to come out as your keeper-batsman to come out as well."

Kiwi quick in line for stunning Test debut

Australia could be forced to contend with their second tearaway rookie quick in the space of a month with New Zealand's Lockie Ferguson in line for a possible Test debut.

Ferguson would be a strong chance to come into the Black Caps' side if Trent Boult fails to overcome a side strain got Thursday's first Test in Perth.

It comes just three weeks after Pakistan's teenage sensation Naseem Shah bowled with great pace in the Gabba Test, albeit with David Warner's scalp on 154 his only reward.

Lockie Ferguson is a chance to make his Test debut against Australia in Perth. Pic: Getty

Ferguson has already played 44 short-form matches for New Zealand, and was a star of this year's World Cup as he sent the ball down at speeds of beyond 150km/h.

"Lockie has done extremely well in white-ball cricket in his start to his international career," Black Caps quick Tim Southee said.

"He has got a great first-class record with the red ball, and has been around the group for a wee while with the England series.

"He is just waiting his chance. He obviously brings out and out pace with Tim and I swinging it. And Neil (Wagner) brings his own unique style to the game as well.

"So it's nice to have another variation sitting there waiting for his chance."

New Zealand overlooked Ferguson for the second Test against England last week, opting for Matt Henry ahead of the 28-year-old.

But it's thought the Optus Stadium wicket could suit Ferguson.