It may be a cheeky sledge, it may be informed commentary, it may be a cold blast of reality, but Australia's talk of the MCG undoing of the Black Caps had the Herald newsroom thinking of another plucky band who took down an all-powerful empire and got the better of an imposing fortress of doom.

Strike up the orchestra and ignite your lightsabers, because the Black Caps need some help from the Force.

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Here are the teams imagined as the heroes and villains of Star Wars.


Daniel Vettori, by popular acclaim, is the wise old sage Obi Wan Kenobi, and Brendon McCullum is Han Solo, the space pirate with a good blaster - or, in his case, a trusty cricket bat - at his side.

Michael Clarke has to be Darth Vader, Dark Lord of the Australian side, and David Warner's recent outburst makes him a perfect candidate for the snarling Darth Maul. Glenn Maxwell is the perfect choking imperial general and everyone polled thought Steve Smith cool enough to be Boba Fett. And although it's a cheap shot, we picked Darren Lehmann as Jabba the Hutt. Sorry, Darren.

Here is the full rundown. Tell us what you think on Twitter at @nzherald. @BLACKCAPS thought we nailed the Australians: