The New Zealand National team captain Daniel Vettori believes his side can still salvage something from their tour of England following their Test series defeat if they triumph in the upcoming one-dayers.
The Black caps were thrashed by an innings and nine runs in the third Test at Trent Bridge on Sunday, 8th June 2008 as they went down 2-0 in a three-match series. It was the second match in a row where England had won with more than a day to spare and followed their 2-1 Test series win in New Zealand in March 2008.
Vettori still remembers the last year’s World Cup semi-finals where they defeated England their opening match. New Zealand has already defeated England three times before the test campaign began.
Vettori thinks his hard-hitting players like Brendon McCullum and all-rounder Scott Styris are key players who can turn a game and believes his largely inexperienced side are more suited to the 50-over format. “We’re a lot more confident in that form, maybe because it’s shorter and we don’t have to perform for very long periods,” Vettori added.
Meanwhile Coach John Bracewell said there was no alternative but to be patient with the current crop of players. He concluded “We can’t afford to panic, our cupboard isn’t that full but I think we’ve picked the right guys. We’ve just got to keep exposing them to international cricket.”