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Wright optimistic of strong World Cup performance

ESPNcricinfo staff

February 8, 2011

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New Zealand coach John Wright watches his team sink to defeat, New Zealand v Pakistan, 3rd Twenty20, Christchurch, December 30, 2010
John Wright: "You just have to get through the group phase ... then she's a one-off situation" © Getty Images
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John Wright, the New Zealand coach, has said he remains optimistic his team will put up a good show in the World Cup despite their poor performances in each of the three host countries over the past eight months. New Zealand also lost their recent six-match one-day series against Pakistan, at home.

In the World Cup, four teams out of each group of seven qualify for the quarter-finals, a format which Wright felt could work in New Zealand's favour. Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya are the minnows in New Zealand's group and finishing the league phase ahead of them will put New Zealand in the quarters.

"You just have to get through the group phase," Wright told Reuters. "We are playing teams that we have to beat, then we have got Sri Lanka, Australia and Pakistan and we have to try and get [results in] some of those games."

"That gets you to the next stage, then she's a one-off situation and that's exciting. Some of those teams have enormous pressure on them and if we put it together on the day, we can beat anyone."

New Zealand's squad fly out to India on Tuesday, and have warm-up fixtures against Ireland on the February 12 and India on the February 16, before the tournament starts on February 19.

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Comments: 13 
Posted by bobbo2 on (February 11, 2011, 11:38 GMT)

With no pressure on NZ at all I think they might suprise a few. As long suffering NZ fan it would be great to at least make the semi's again. If we play to out potential with a couple of guys standing up, we might just do ok.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2011, 22:19 GMT)

I remember way back in the early 1990's when Richard Hadlee retired NZ had all sorts of problems and had difficulties putting good resutls together, but come World Cup time they always seemed to step up. We have long been regarded as underdogs in world cricket but instead of having our tails between our legs we fight with heart and passion, when we are at our darkest depths. People have to realise that when key players retire, or major changes in the team structure occur, theres bound to be a few hiccups on the way to rebuild the team. Look at Australia... They were formidable from the early 1990s until about 2008-2009, when Shane Warne and co retired, it's going to take at least 3 to 4 years for the younger players like Xavier Doherty, Steve Smith and even current players like Mitchell Johnson and Shaun Tait to gain experience (playing in all conditions in all playing countries) and rebuid the team back to the dominant team Australia was known for.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

HRehman, what you talking about? Let me rephrase in case you've forgotte: knocked out in the group stage at the hands of Ireland and West Indies? Yeah ofcourse Pakistan are favourites to go into the Quarters!

Posted by   on (February 9, 2011, 10:07 GMT)

People who has written New Zealand off based on their recent performances, don't know a thing about cricket. History speaks for itself. I'm sure they'd make a lot of people surprised and earn a place in the last four.

Posted by   on (February 9, 2011, 4:50 GMT)

@HRehman Absolute crap, if anything the supporters and media put to much pressure on them!

Posted by sammykent on (February 8, 2011, 13:35 GMT)

New Zealand have pieced together the best possible side for the world cup. Franklin is a revelation as a genuine allrounder. He said he was going to be an allrounder and he is an international quality allrounder with years left in the tank. Nathan McCullum is showing promise and the batting prowess residing in his genes is shining through. Styris and Oram are canny and in form. Taylor, Guptill and Ryder appear to be finding form at the right time. Vettori is a cricket genius and his record speaks for itself. Baz can turn a game in the space of a few overs. The inconsistency of performances is a concern but the recent series showed that NZ can compete admirabley against short format specialists like Pakistan. Peaking at the right time is crucial in the lead up to a World Cup. England and Australia are facing injury concerns and form slumps but New Zealand are just starting to hit their stride. Let's hope for another good showing from the Black Caps!

Posted by LALITHKURUWITA on (February 8, 2011, 12:43 GMT)

Yeeeaaar, Optimistcs to get into QF. I think NZ even cannot get into QF. This is the worst ever WC Team. Even Zimbabwe, Canada and Kenya will beat Black Caps. You can have a good Black Tea in SL.

Posted by   on (February 8, 2011, 10:29 GMT)

Interesting that the article calls Zimbabwe minnows and lumps them with Kenya and Canada. Zimbabwe are one of the ten teams with full ICC member status! I will be hoping that Canada beat them on February 28, but recognise that this would be an upset. As for New Zealand, I give Canada an outside chance of beating them too! New Zealand's recent form suggests that it is very unlikely that they will be able to win three games in a row (Quarters, Semis and then Final) against the top teams to lift the Cup! I wish New Zealand every success at the World Cup, just not against Canada on March 13!

Posted by poderdubdubdub on (February 8, 2011, 9:51 GMT)

New Zealand is a team which is a permanent 'underdogs' in any International tournament, plus their supporter dont expect much from them, so they have no Pressure and hence play much better than other teams.

Posted by zn264 on (February 8, 2011, 9:33 GMT)

You just can't write this team off...lets hope we can do the business when it really counts. Go NZ!!!

Posted by   on (February 8, 2011, 8:48 GMT)

wc prediction ...deja vu for India losing to BD, NZ to win after team efforts in the group and early knockout stages and blazing innings in the semi from B McCallum and Bangladesh to make it to the Semi .. but not being able to go on due to inexperience :D

Posted by   on (February 8, 2011, 8:36 GMT)

New Zealand typically perform well at the Cricket World Cup. 5 Semi-Finals speak volumes for that. With South Africa and India prone to choking when the pressure starts stacking up, one has to be optimistic about the chances of our national team. Easier said than done

Posted by CSK-FAN on (February 8, 2011, 8:29 GMT)

One among Ryder,Taylor or guptill can get a big innings against test playing nations,its quite easy for New Zealand to reach quarter-finals.From there on its a different ball game. I wish you guys do it!

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