Experienced all-rounder James Franklin described the mood in the BLACKCAPS camp as exciting with a number of new faces bringing energy to the group.
"They're all champing at the bit, they've obviously got no baggage and they just want to get stuck in and see where they fit in terms of the team and international cricket,” said Franklin. "There's a lot of excitement in the team at the moment”
"There are obviously some new guys in the side so we need to find out where they fit in the side and how their roles are going to play out."
“There’s excitement with the new guys wanting to come in and make an impact on the international scene straight away."
“Being one of the older guys or more experienced guys it’s certainly exciting to watch them go about their business.
“You’ve got to run a little bit faster and try to keep up with them but that’s not a bad thing. Hopefully it rubs off both ways – they rub off on me being one of the older guys and obviously for me it’s a little bit of guidance and chat around what they could experience in South Africa.
"We've got to pick that ranking up and the only way to do that is through winning. You don't come here to be second best, we've come here to win the series.
"First and foremost a win, that's crucial to get off to a good start, but also to find out some combinations before the first game."