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.

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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: