WALES' New Zealand-born centre Hadleigh Parkes readily admits his admiration for great Australian cricket and rugby union teams.

But he would like nothing more than Wales to bowl an unplayable googly or two at the Wallabies in Saturday's Under Armour Series clash.

Wales have lost 13 successive Tests against Australia, yet for Parkes - who made his international debut last year - tackling the Wallabies will be a new experience.

And an overdue Wales victory would also be timely in a final meeting ahead of next year's World Cup pool clash between the countries in Japan.

"They are competitors aren't they, the Australians?" said Parkes, who is set to win a 10th Wales cap this weekend.

"I grew up fascinated by the Aussie cricket side and the amazing era they had. There was their rugby team as well at that time, with John Eales, George Gregan and Stephen Larkham.

"You had to love Shane Warne and Glenn McGrath. I loved the whole team - Matthew Hayden, Justin Langer, and all their great batsmen. And Adam Gilchrist was special."

Wales have not beaten Australia since 2008, when tries by Shane Williams and Lee Byrne underpinned a 21-18 success.

"The boys would be absolutely stoked (to beat Australia)," Parkes added.

"We want to get a win against a pretty big enemy of Welsh rugby and one of the biggest rivals Welsh rugby has. It would be amazing.

"Before the last few years, it had been a pretty long time since Wales had beaten South Africa. Now, we've got a pretty good run against them."

A number of Wales' losses in the last 10 years at Australian hands were by five points or less.

But with the Wallabies having lost seven of their last nine Tests against all opponents - and Wales on a six Test winning run - there are those who feel the tide could now start turning.

"It would be very nice, wouldn't it?" Parkes said.

"I can't speak too much about what has gone on beforehand, but with the big year that is to come it would be nice.

"Ultimately, you want to win every Test match you play, and all the boys who are going to be selected want to go out there and put in a good performance.

"If we can control what we can control and play the way we've wanted to play in the last couple of years, then there is no reason we can't go out there, put in a good performance and get the right result."