Australia coach Tim Sheens has assured Test hopefuls the path into the Kangaroos side isn’t closed despite their record-equalling 16th straight victory on Friday.

The 30-18 win at Allianz Stadium over New Zealand was a lot closer than many predicted as a youthful Kiwis side more than matched the World Cup winners.

Sheens’ side won’t play again until the Four Nations opener in Brisbane on October 25 and the veteran coach said the upcoming State of Origin series will give players the chance to stake a claim for a place in his team.

“State of Origin is a great build up to our series later in the year,” Sheens said.