The veteran New Zealand batsman was probed by journalists about what impact the absence of captain Steve Smith (ankle injury) and David Warner (rested) would have on Australia's hopes in the three-match ODI series starting on Monday.
Smith, 27, was injured while fielding in Australia's ODI win over Pakistan in the last match of their 4-1 series victory.
Australia's Test squad will travel to Dubai to take part in a training camp ahead of the four-match series against India, which begins on 23 February.
The wicketkeeper batsman was picked by the National Selection Panel and authorized by Cricket Australia's Board of Directors to lead the side with both Steve Smith and David Warner ruled out of the Qantas Tour of New Zealand.
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Wade, who is also Victoria's leader, will be Australia's 24th captain in the ODI arena.
While he was on the losing side of the ledger, it was not for a lack of brilliance from Starc as he returned stunning figures of 6-28 as the Black Caps snuck home by one wicket. This will be the ideal opportunity for them to take the revenge of the 2016 series.
Australia are beatable no doubt but in order for New Zealand to beat them they will have to overcome the psychological hold the men in gold have over them.
A back injury to Matthew Wade has seen some late changes to the Australian side to face New Zealand, with Aaron Finch to stand in as captain and Peter Handscomb to keep.
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- This is the third time Chappell-Hadlee series is contested within an year without any such instance in the five previous years excluding the World Cups.
Mitchell Starc has only played one global match in New Zealand, but it's no secret he's a fan of the country's swinging conditions. Opener Tom Latham will take the gloves.
This will be another big test for Kane Williamson, who is still relatively young in his stint as New Zealand captain.
Amid all the talk of the Eden Park postage stamp dimensions, the recent statistics are a sharp reminder that all that glisters isn't necessarily gold for batsmen eyeing the short boundaries.
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The teams make their way out to the middle for the anthems, the start of play not far away in Auckland. We probably didn't have the resources that we've got available now.