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Cricketers pay tribute to volcano deaths

By AAP Newswire

A moment of silence will be held before the first Test between Australia and New Zealand to pay tribute to the lives lost in the volcanic eruption on White Island.

At least six people have been confirmed dead after the tragedy in NZ.

It's feared at least three Australians are among the dead, with that number expected to rise.

The first Test between Australia and New Zealand gets underway in Perth on Thursday, and both teams will wear black armbands and participate in the moment of silence.

"Our thoughts go out to all involved," NZ skipper Kane Williamson said.

"It's very hard to comprehend, and certainly when Mother Nature doesn't give you any warning and a tragedy like this happens, it's such a shock.

"To have Australians, our friends and family that are nearby involved along with Kiwis is a very sad time."

Australia captain Tim Paine said both teams were keen to show their support in any way possible.

"It's been a terrible tragedy," Paine said.

"For us to do something to honour those people and the families of those who are involved is really important for both teams."

Australia coach Justin Langer says players will no doubt be affected by the tragedy.

"It puts a Test into huge perspective," Langer said.

"All of a sudden lives are being torn apart. It's very sad. Our hearts go out to everyone there.

"It will have an impact. I'm sure it will affect all New Zealanders."

Black Caps coach Gary Stead said the tragedy was devastating.

"From our team's point of view, it sort of puts things into perspective, that it is a game and all we're playing is a game," Stead said.

"And when you hear about lives lost and something tragic like that, it's devastating to hear. It's terrible to hear, and you don't wish that upon anyone."