New Zealand in Australia 2011-12 November 16, 2011

Wright follows England example

New Zealand will follow the England blue-print for defeating Australia in the two Test matches to be played in December, the coach John Wright has said.

As he named the 13-man squad to play Tests in Brisbane and Hobart, Wright also said the visitors expected to be challenged by pace, and forsaw the 18-year-old fast bowler Pat Cummins playing a significant role in the Australian attack.

While New Zealand have not won a Test match in Australia since 1985, Wright felt the combination of England's example last summer, and the traumatic events of the Cape Town Test when Michael Clarke's team was splintered for 47 to surrender a commanding position, gave the tourists a chance.

New Zealand's last Test resulted in a narrow win over lowly Zimbabwe, but the team will be bolstered by the return of the swing bowler Tim Southee and the aggressive batsman Jesse Ryder from knee and calf injuries, respectively.

"We've got a fair idea [of how to beat Australia], England provided a really good example of how to bowl at them particularly last year, and the batting of Alastair Cook was exemplary at the top of the order, he was very patient, played very straight," Wright said. "So England did provide in some ways a template of how to play best against Australia.

"You look at that and then you look at your own side. To be honest, game-plans at this level aren't that complicated, we know we have to bat four sessions, and we've got to find a way of taking 20 wickets. We'd like to keep as settled a line-up as we can. I think we've got the basis there, we have to be patient, but there's some very talented young players who look like they might have an opportunity to succeed at the next level.

"You can only go there in good form and with belief, it is a big step up from Zimbabwe. Australia have got a good record in Brisbane, but that's what we're hoping to create, that belief that if we apply ourselves and work really hard, and win our sessions, that we'll be very competitive."

Cummins may yet debut for Australia against South Africa in Johannesburg, and Wright reckoned he would play a part in Brisbane or Hobart. New Zealand's batsmen have been ratcheting up their bowling machines to maximum velocity in preparation.

"I've heard he's pretty quick, and that will be interesting because we have a feeling they might look to expose us to a lot of pace, and we're going to have to stand up and be brave," Wright said. "But having said that, those types of bowlers can provide you with scoring opportunities.

"That [speed] is one adjustment we'll have to make, because we don't have too many bowlers in this country running around bowling 145kph plus. The boys are aware of that and have been doing some work on bowling machines etc. to simulate those conditions."

The new face in the New Zealand squad is the left-armer Trent Boult, who has turned heads in domestic cricket and will provide another swing bowling option to support Southee and Chris Martin at the Gabba if conditions are suitable.

"[Trent is] the player who's really stood out in the last two games, so his efforts in the first two games have earned him the opportunity," Wright said. "I think a left-armer's always handy, but he does swing the ball, and possibly that's an area we'd like to exploit. The conditions in Brisbane sometimes suit swing bowling, but it does give you a different balance."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Matt on November 17, 2011, 2:24 GMT

    If NZ are to follow Englands lead, how are they going to score +500 an innings, when NZ struggled to make 300 in there last 10 Tests. Ryder, Taylor, Guptill, BMac & Vettori will need to really lift there game if NZ are to compete, Chris Martin has a shocking record against Australia and I predict it will simply be batting practice for Aust to play themself into form. I hope Williamson scores plenty of runs as he is NZ best future prospect.

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2011, 1:44 GMT

    Hmm England may have provided a template but doesn't mean it i'll work for us as England have a strong bowling attack with the likes of Anderson, Swann, than at later stages Bresnan and Tremlett that ripped through Australian batting order. NZL just doesn't have that quality accross the park. Than you got the likes of Cook, Trott, Bell, Strauss, KP in the batting order, again NZl lack that quality(temprament they had) amongst the batting order.. We will be suffering follow ons on this up and coming tour :(

  • Paul on November 17, 2011, 0:37 GMT

    @ xylo - Its not about whos going to fill the role of Cook. All John Wright has said is that we can learn off him, being pateint and playing straight is the blueprint for success. This is a great chance for us (NZ) With Guptil, Williamson & Brownlie in great form im looking forward to see what kind of score we cant post. And im so happy that we are finally giving a young promising bowler (Boult) a chance instead of picking bowlers the wrong side of 30.

  • Vikram on November 16, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    so, who is going to don the role of Cook for NZL?

  • Alan on November 16, 2011, 12:35 GMT

    @ rahulcricket007: India have however not defeated Australia in Australia. Mind you, they did defeat them in a two-test series, which England have not done and South Africa have not (yet ...), and that is more relevant to what New Zealand will be trying to do. It will be tough for the Kiwis, but the availability of Southee gives them more of a chance.

  • rahul on November 16, 2011, 11:42 GMT


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