Perth heat gives Australia an edge over NZ

It may be comfortable at night for the Perth Test but daytime temperatures could tip 40 degrees.
It may be comfortable at night for the Perth Test but daytime temperatures could tip 40 degrees.

Australian players will be hoping Perth's extreme heat gives them an edge when they take on New Zealand in the day-night Test at Optus Stadium.

A top of 39 degrees is being forecast for day one on Thursday, with maximums of 40 degrees forecast for the next three days.

Play will start at 1pm local time each day.

While the heat will be uncomfortable for Australia's players, it's set to be unbearable for the Kiwis, who are far more accustomed to temperatures in the low-to-mid 20s at this time of year.

Australia captain Tim Paine hopes it plays into his team's favour.

"As Joe Burns touched on, we're all Australians, we're all used to it, probably barring me and Matthew Wade (because we're from Tasmania)," Paine said.

"It's just part of the job now. It certainly won't affect us. We thrive on these conditions. I think it can be a real advantage to us."

While the general outside temperature will be around 40 degrees, the temperature on the wicket is set to be closer to 50.

NZ skipper Kane Williamson says the conditions will be a challenge for his side.

"If it's 50, then it could be quite challenging for anyone in the ground, whether it's a player or not," Williamson said.

"But at the same time it's a dry heat. Being here a few days prior (has been) important to acclimatise to the conditions.

"We'll have to see how it feels at the time and try to monitor some of those things as you go. It will definitely be a factor."

An extra drinks break is expected to be included for each session to help the players stay hydrated.

Australian Associated Press