Simon Katich is confident the Australian cricket team is in a good position with the XI starting to take long term shape.
The Aussies comfortably handled New Zealand in Perth, winning by 296 runs in the sweltering conditions.
“The team certainly is (heading in the right direction),” Katich told SEN Breakfast.
“There’s been a couple of dominant performers throughout the summer. Marnus Labuschagne has been outstanding with the bat and he continues to progress from what he did so well in England and Mitchell Starc is in career best form.
“Starc got dropped in the Ashes, was sitting on the bench for a lot of it, he’s remodelled his action and come back a far better bowler, but also I think he’s copped it on the chin in terms of sitting on the bench and coming back better for it.
“Those two have been dominant and then there’s good performances in and around that from David Warner against Pakistan and our bowling attack is I think the best in the world at the moment.
“Nathan Lyon did a great job yesterday, Pat Cummins is outstanding and the only downside is Josh Hazlewood getting injured.”
The Aussies will be looking to take a 2-0 lead come the traditional Boxing Day test at the MCG.