England in New Zealand 2012-13 March 27, 2013

McCullum excited by emerging depth

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In the immediate aftermath of seeing a series victory prove agonisingly elusive it was understandably difficult for Brendon McCullum to look at the bigger picture. However, when he reflects on these contests against England he will be able to take huge pride in the strides made by his team over the last month, which have offered hope of a more stable future for New Zealand's Test cricket.

At the beginning of the series McCullum said he wanted his team to compete against England - his players exceeded those ambitions and twice pushed the visitors close to defeat. One of the most troubled areas for New Zealand, the openers, has been given new stability by the emergence of Hamish Rutherford and the rebirth of Peter Fulton, while the pace-bowling stocks are reasonably well resourced.

"There have been huge positives in this series," McCullum said. "The top of the order, which has been such a problem for so long, to have two guys coming into the series - Peter with his recall and Hamish with his debut - and both to get hundreds, and Peter to back it up, it's a great story I think. The bowlers as well, they have been huge throughout the series. There were some really nice positives, although right now it's hard to look past not getting the win."

After the problems in South Africa, McCullum said he wanted to identify a group of players and show faith in them rather that reacting to each setback. For the first time, New Zealand went through a three-Test series unchanged (England also only made one change, and that too enforced because Kevin Pietersen got injured) despite the intensity of back-to-back matches.

"It has been great for us to be able to do that, and playing the same team has enabled guys to work out where they fit in and how guys work around them," McCullum said. "Combinations start to formulate through familiarity. We've performed well enough to continue with the same XI guys and they were huge, especially the bowlers, and the other good thing is we have some excellent cricketers waiting in the wings. If we look back a couple of months we were searching a little, whereas now we are starting to bed down a group of players who are capable of moving the team forward."

A few of the New Zealand players now head to the IPL, although McCullum's early participation could be in doubt after the hamstring injury he picked up on the final day at Eden Park. Those who do have an IPL stint - Ross Taylor for one - are set to miss the opening match of the England tour, in the ongoing battle between the demands of the modern schedule, before arriving for the Lions game at Grace Road ahead of the first Test.

New Zealand will be able to enter the return series in confident mood and McCullum hopes that the team's performances over the last few weeks have given the supporters a lift.

"I hope they are proud of the characteristics we are showing at the moment, fighting characteristics and the ability to at least hang in games against the best players on a consistent basis," he said. "We know we've let our fans down over the last little while, but we are hoping we are starting to trend in that right direction."

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Glenn10 on March 27, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    Exciting times. The batting lineup is spot on. Don't touch it. Ryder and Guptil are more suited to T20 and ODI in my view. Their techniques are to loose for demanding test cricket. Ryder in my view will never be right for test cricket. There's always something up with him. He's to much hard work. Guptil just hasn't performed at Test level after a long go. Enough said. The Bowling attack is good and Vettori would strengthen it, but injuries may keep him in the shorter versions. They need to bring on Sodhi, who appears a logical long term solution (Until someone better comes along). Martin is filling a hole short term, but will never set the house alight. Southee, Boult, Wagner and Bracewell appear to be the pace men at the moment, however Henry with another great performance yesterday simply has to go to England. He moves the ball about and in English conditions could be deadly. Bring him on in the ODI team. McClengahan is the other to lead the ODI and T20 attacks.

  • vrn59 on March 27, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    NZ are suddenly looking in much better shape as a Test team than they did a month ago when they toured SA. Fulton and Rutherford can now be given an extended rope at the top of the order, and Williamson looks extremely promising as No. 3 and could really shape up to become one of NZ's all-time great batsmen. Although Taylor is not in good form, his presence at No. 4 is reassuring. Brownlie also had a mediocre series, but his performances is SA should buy him more time, and of course Ryder is could be brought in if available. McCullum looks fantastic at No. 6... just what NZ needed. Watling's keeping will improve, but he is a sound batsman which is very important. The pace attack is young and raw, but very good. Boult and Southee are great with the new ball, and can be well backed up by Wagner, Bracewell or Chris Martin. Bruce Martin was quite decent with the ball; spin bowling is not easy in NZ; he will now compete with Vettori for the No. 8 spot. All in all, great series for NZ!

  • on March 27, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    I am actually really happy with the BC side at the moment. We have 5 seam bowlers that have demonstrated their ability to cut through quality Test sides in Southee, Boult, Wagner, Chris Martin and Bracewell, not to mention Mitchell McClenaghan who deserves a Test début in the near future and Mark Gillespie who sadly keeps missing out on playing Tests. It's a case of: here's 7 seam bowlers, pick 3. Any side would kill for such depth in their bowling (okay, maybe not SA who are happy with The Big Three). Bruce the Martin should be doing better, but he has done enough to put a question mark over Vettori's guaranteed return to the team. Rate him way above the likes of Patel. Williamson has also impressed enough that a 4 seamer + Kane combination is not a laughable idea anymore. Batting-wise it's unexpectedly rosy. Even Brownlie, supposedly the weakest link in the lineup (...no) still deserves his spot, and it will take more than crashing around domestic bowlers for Ryder and Guptill to dis

  • on March 27, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    It takes time to replace all the players that retired over the last 5 years. The team that Kavindeven mentioned all retired within a few years of each other with the exception of Jacob Oram but he should be gone as he had limited success. NZ just doesn't have the depth to replace several players at once. Peter Fulton and Rutherford need to be persevered with now. Boult , Southee and Wagner are now showing the form their talent promised and McGlenhagen to come back NZ will have a pretty good 4 pronged seem attack. I hope Taylor and McCullum will be there for the majority of the England series in May. Jessie Ryder might now find its harder to get in if he leaves it too late.

  • ultimatewarrior on March 28, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Firstly Cheers to Captain for agreeing to Martin Crowe's Letter http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/592518.html.......I think this is the first time in so many years NZ has played once again as a good team in a Test altogether they have played few semifinals in between in World Cups for ODI & T20....Keep it up....

  • NostroGustro on March 27, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    @ harry34 and pardo - I wouldn't rush Dan back in if he's fit in May. Bruce was disappointing in the 4th innings, possibly even had the yips, but he was very good in the first two tests and he contributed with the bat as well. Dan has to start turning the ball rather than rely on pace variation to get good test batsmen out, something his record of late indicates he isn't doing. Good players can keep him out too easily. Bruce may not be the long term option, but imo at the moment he's a more attacking spinner than Dan.

  • srinivasreddy on March 27, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    It was heartening to see NZ fight, after long i saw the whole fighting together. I would suggest NZ board that please ignore IPL because it will spoil the momentum in which team is right now. It is for the betterment for NZ cricket.

  • kiwicricketnut on March 27, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    That XI has to go to england, none of them did anything wrong. There is still alot of room for improvement though and we can't settle for mediocrity if we are going to be a force in world cricket. There are a couple of percieved weaknesses in the side, for me its not the players used they all deserve the trip to the uk, its more the balance of the side, i think we are one bowler light to take 20 wickets consistantly. Our seamers charged in hard gave it their all but were knackered, even after williamson and martin lightened the load a little. How we get a fourth seamer without dropping the spinner probably means we need to find a quality allrounder, ryder could do the job but not sure if any others are test match standard. We need to keep improving though, anderson scared a few of there bowlers maybe he's worth a shot.

  • pardo on March 27, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Let's not get too excited - it was a great match, and if we'd had Vettori instead of Martin we would have won. But, on the tracks in England in May/June - with a lot of lateral movement - I sadly expect that Fulton and Rutherford might struggle to give us the sort of starts we've had in this series.

    Not sure when Swann is due back but KP should be back in the side and unless they can get Taylor properly integrated we'll miss the runs he should be scoring. Wish Ryder was ready to come back in as a middle order of Williamson, Taylor, Ryder and McCullum looks quite tasty.

    Despite the performance on this tour still think England are better man for man in almost every position. But still hopeful - have just bought my ticket for Day four at Lords - a month ago I wouldn't have bothered as I wouldn't have expected to see any play!

  • on March 27, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    bad luck kiwi all the series.Not good play all around cricket. Miss Shan Bond in this Series.Kiwi need Shan Bond and Vettori bowler.

  • Glenn10 on March 27, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    Exciting times. The batting lineup is spot on. Don't touch it. Ryder and Guptil are more suited to T20 and ODI in my view. Their techniques are to loose for demanding test cricket. Ryder in my view will never be right for test cricket. There's always something up with him. He's to much hard work. Guptil just hasn't performed at Test level after a long go. Enough said. The Bowling attack is good and Vettori would strengthen it, but injuries may keep him in the shorter versions. They need to bring on Sodhi, who appears a logical long term solution (Until someone better comes along). Martin is filling a hole short term, but will never set the house alight. Southee, Boult, Wagner and Bracewell appear to be the pace men at the moment, however Henry with another great performance yesterday simply has to go to England. He moves the ball about and in English conditions could be deadly. Bring him on in the ODI team. McClengahan is the other to lead the ODI and T20 attacks.

  • vrn59 on March 27, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    NZ are suddenly looking in much better shape as a Test team than they did a month ago when they toured SA. Fulton and Rutherford can now be given an extended rope at the top of the order, and Williamson looks extremely promising as No. 3 and could really shape up to become one of NZ's all-time great batsmen. Although Taylor is not in good form, his presence at No. 4 is reassuring. Brownlie also had a mediocre series, but his performances is SA should buy him more time, and of course Ryder is could be brought in if available. McCullum looks fantastic at No. 6... just what NZ needed. Watling's keeping will improve, but he is a sound batsman which is very important. The pace attack is young and raw, but very good. Boult and Southee are great with the new ball, and can be well backed up by Wagner, Bracewell or Chris Martin. Bruce Martin was quite decent with the ball; spin bowling is not easy in NZ; he will now compete with Vettori for the No. 8 spot. All in all, great series for NZ!

  • on March 27, 2013, 6:44 GMT

    I am actually really happy with the BC side at the moment. We have 5 seam bowlers that have demonstrated their ability to cut through quality Test sides in Southee, Boult, Wagner, Chris Martin and Bracewell, not to mention Mitchell McClenaghan who deserves a Test début in the near future and Mark Gillespie who sadly keeps missing out on playing Tests. It's a case of: here's 7 seam bowlers, pick 3. Any side would kill for such depth in their bowling (okay, maybe not SA who are happy with The Big Three). Bruce the Martin should be doing better, but he has done enough to put a question mark over Vettori's guaranteed return to the team. Rate him way above the likes of Patel. Williamson has also impressed enough that a 4 seamer + Kane combination is not a laughable idea anymore. Batting-wise it's unexpectedly rosy. Even Brownlie, supposedly the weakest link in the lineup (...no) still deserves his spot, and it will take more than crashing around domestic bowlers for Ryder and Guptill to dis

  • on March 27, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    It takes time to replace all the players that retired over the last 5 years. The team that Kavindeven mentioned all retired within a few years of each other with the exception of Jacob Oram but he should be gone as he had limited success. NZ just doesn't have the depth to replace several players at once. Peter Fulton and Rutherford need to be persevered with now. Boult , Southee and Wagner are now showing the form their talent promised and McGlenhagen to come back NZ will have a pretty good 4 pronged seem attack. I hope Taylor and McCullum will be there for the majority of the England series in May. Jessie Ryder might now find its harder to get in if he leaves it too late.

  • ultimatewarrior on March 28, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    Firstly Cheers to Captain for agreeing to Martin Crowe's Letter http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/592518.html.......I think this is the first time in so many years NZ has played once again as a good team in a Test altogether they have played few semifinals in between in World Cups for ODI & T20....Keep it up....

  • NostroGustro on March 27, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    @ harry34 and pardo - I wouldn't rush Dan back in if he's fit in May. Bruce was disappointing in the 4th innings, possibly even had the yips, but he was very good in the first two tests and he contributed with the bat as well. Dan has to start turning the ball rather than rely on pace variation to get good test batsmen out, something his record of late indicates he isn't doing. Good players can keep him out too easily. Bruce may not be the long term option, but imo at the moment he's a more attacking spinner than Dan.

  • srinivasreddy on March 27, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    It was heartening to see NZ fight, after long i saw the whole fighting together. I would suggest NZ board that please ignore IPL because it will spoil the momentum in which team is right now. It is for the betterment for NZ cricket.

  • kiwicricketnut on March 27, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    That XI has to go to england, none of them did anything wrong. There is still alot of room for improvement though and we can't settle for mediocrity if we are going to be a force in world cricket. There are a couple of percieved weaknesses in the side, for me its not the players used they all deserve the trip to the uk, its more the balance of the side, i think we are one bowler light to take 20 wickets consistantly. Our seamers charged in hard gave it their all but were knackered, even after williamson and martin lightened the load a little. How we get a fourth seamer without dropping the spinner probably means we need to find a quality allrounder, ryder could do the job but not sure if any others are test match standard. We need to keep improving though, anderson scared a few of there bowlers maybe he's worth a shot.

  • pardo on March 27, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Let's not get too excited - it was a great match, and if we'd had Vettori instead of Martin we would have won. But, on the tracks in England in May/June - with a lot of lateral movement - I sadly expect that Fulton and Rutherford might struggle to give us the sort of starts we've had in this series.

    Not sure when Swann is due back but KP should be back in the side and unless they can get Taylor properly integrated we'll miss the runs he should be scoring. Wish Ryder was ready to come back in as a middle order of Williamson, Taylor, Ryder and McCullum looks quite tasty.

    Despite the performance on this tour still think England are better man for man in almost every position. But still hopeful - have just bought my ticket for Day four at Lords - a month ago I wouldn't have bothered as I wouldn't have expected to see any play!

  • on March 27, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    bad luck kiwi all the series.Not good play all around cricket. Miss Shan Bond in this Series.Kiwi need Shan Bond and Vettori bowler.

  • tauranga on March 27, 2013, 9:35 GMT

    Great performances by Black Caps. Skipper McCullum wearing a wide smile. His captaincy has been outstanding.

    Let's hope the Administration back this group of players through this decade.

    Got tickets already for 2 county warm up games & Test/One Dayers. Can't wait.

  • Bring_back_Wright on March 27, 2013, 8:30 GMT

    @GeoffreysMother - I would love more of our players to play county cricket. One of the best ways for them to develope their game in my opinion. Not sure if it's that the counties don't want our players or if they don't want to play there, but I wish more played in England. Would make it of more interest to me too!

  • harry34 on March 27, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    1st XI in Eng: fulton, rutherford, williamson, taylor, brownlie, mccullum, watling, vettori, southee, wagner, boult. Redmond, guptill, bracewell & mclenaghan on the tour. If vettori isn't right, martin comes in, though no need for two frontline spinners with williamson bowling the way he is. Redmond backup for top 3, guptill backup for middle order. Ronchi misses out only because mccullum could step in if something happens through match & guptill is the incumbent. Commiserations to papps, c cachopa, latham, ronchi, butler & gillespie.

  • GeoffreysMother on March 27, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    Given the relative lack of NZ international cricketI can see a number of English counties looking to pick up some of these players in their 'winter'. Williamson has performed well at Gloucestershire and Guptill on difficult early season wickets at Derby significantly outperformed Kawhaja (their other overseas player). A well managed season or two there for Boult, Bracewell, McClenaghan, Rutherford and Latham will further improve their game. In a couple of years I can see a Kiwi team which will threaten and beat a lot of other teams Australia and England included and possibly even a Kallis less S.Africa, at least at home. If, like Australia, you can fast track a Pakistani spin bowler into the team you should have all the bases covered: personally I'd try to tap up Saeed Ajmal!

  • choppa13 on March 27, 2013, 7:43 GMT

    What has Brownlie done wrong he was the best batsmen in the disaster test series in s.a. got some starts in this series but didnt kick on but what did taylor do? Guptill should have to wait for his time to come around as should ryder. Latham should definitly go to englad as a back up batsmen but can also keep wicket to would be good experience for him to. so yeah the eleven for this match should be given the chance to start first test in england with Guptill,Latham,Bracewell and Vettori(who could possibly replace martin if fit just worry about lack of cricket although he'l be playing ipl and he'l probably re injure himself)

  • Mafazrainafan on March 27, 2013, 7:05 GMT

    I m very happy with the way New Zealand and Bangladesh are progressing

  • Baxter_P on March 27, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    @Campbell Sinclair Yeah, if we have 5 pacemen for England, I'd have the four guys currently in the squad plus McClenaghan if he's fully fit. If not, I think Chris Martin is the kind of guy you want on tour, particularly factoring in the youth of Tim, TB and Bracewell and relative inexperience of Wagner. I wouldn't pick Ronchi for the test squad - McCullum should be able to fill in for BJ if needed. That would enable the selectors to put in an extra reserve batsman; I'd have Raval or Latham. Neither would play a test, but it would be touring experience and a chance to involve them in the squad. So my 15-man test squad would be the current 12, plus Guptill, Raval/Latham and McClenaghan (or Martin).

  • on March 27, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    It was heartening to see NZ fight, after long i saw the whole fighting together. I would suggest NZ board that please ignore IPL because it will spoil the momentum in which team is right now. It is for the betterment for NZ cricket.

  • on March 27, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Baxter_P I think NZ should (barring injury and IPL commitments ) persevere with the current team. I would only replace Brownlie with Guptill for the May tour as Guptill is a quality fielder like you said and a better batsman. He just needs to get confidence back.I doubt Ryder will join the NZ team in May. I think he will be ready for next summer. I hope Hessan is in regular contact with him. As for the others , Chris Martin and Mark Gillespie in middle to late 30's are not the future and Adam Milne is developing still. I like a four pronged attack on Englands pitches with Wagner , Boult , Southee and Mitch McClenaghan with either Vettori or Bruce Martin for spin. Bracewell , Gilliespie and Chris Martin as injury cover. I would take Niel Broom and Brownlie as cover for the batsman.Luke Ronchi as cover for BJ Watling at keeper.

  • on March 27, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    actually ...nz have started improving their cricket since the WI tour........they were very competitive in every match (sad that they lost two super-overs).....the odis in SL were half-washed-out ...so that takes out major chunk of competition. Then even t20 was washed out. They drew the test-series against SL at there home (tremendous effort). They had a bad test series in SA....but then came back well loosing by just 1-2 in t20s....and winning the odis 2-0 effectively (lost the dead rubber).....again they were competitve in t20s and odis against a good eng side.....& now they almost won the test series against england (dominated 2 out of 3 matches...which generally doesnt happen from NZ)

  • SamRoy on March 27, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    @christy29 I completely agree with you on everything you have said. But I don't know how much successful Fulton is going to be in the long term. Southee, Boult, Mclenagan and Bracewell is a very fine attack. Bruce Martin is not even good enough to play for most first class sides in India. And once Ryder comes it is going to be a good batting line up. Vettori needs to come back in place of Martin. Fine young test team (Much better than Australia!).

  • 22many on March 27, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    I will hold off judgement until the return tour to England...I had a feeling the English had sorted out Rutherford , ....Fulton was the find of Eden Park....before that test the henpecks on TV were questioning hia ability to open for NZ....I hope he does succeed....the quick bowlers I am excited about and should do well in England . So it will come down to the NZ batsman if the return series is the sucess we are expecting.

  • class9ryan on March 27, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Hamish is the key for batting for New Zealand, if he is able to play for 10 years for Kiwis we can see the revolution in Kiwi cricket. I think Ronchi should come in the team atleast for T20s or Odis and Taylor along with Guptill should become consistent to revive New Zealand. williamson and ryder are the players who look to be the more successful players from NZ in future.

  • Marktc on March 27, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    As a Saffer, it was sad not to see NZ win the series. They played well, pushed England and deserved the win. I do hope that this is the start of a NZ upswing...

  • Baxter_P on March 27, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    It's nice to have choices. Even if Ryder doesn't want to be involved and Vettori is ruled out by injury, NZ's squad to tour England should still have quite a bit of quality. If they decide Williamson is the second spinner (and don't recall Patel), then they can supplement the current XI with Bracewell plus either Mitch McClenaghan, Mark Gillespie or Chris Martin as pace bowling options to compete with Wagner to support Tim and TB, and Guptill (who should oust Brownlie from the XI; he can bat at 3 and Kane can drop to 5 where I think he's suited, plus he's a brilliant fielder, the best in the squad) and a variety of others to fill the batting reserve role: an in form veteran (who could 'do a Fulton') like Redmond, Papps or Broom, one for the future like Raval, Latham or Cachopa, or the solid likes of Munro, Flynn or Franklin. That's more viable options than NZ has had since I don't know when.

  • YogifromNY on March 27, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    I am a supporter of the Indian team and I am still hurting from the fact that NZ did not get their much-deserved victory in the last Test. What a match! I really hope this is the beginning of a truly new day for NZ cricket. God bless!

  • christy29 on March 27, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    I know he they had the one good performance each but I fell Wagner and Bruce Martin aren't good enough to get out good batsmen when we need, I really hope Mitch Mclenagan is 3rd seamer ahead of Bracewell,gillespie, wagner. I think in England if the pitch is green we should play 4 seamers ( Southee, Boult, Mclenagan, Bracewell) with Gillespie, Wagner and milne in support and we drop Brownlie, No he wasn't horrible against England but we can't accept mediocrity to stay in the team with ryder coming back into the fold. Watling may have to watch his back from ronchi after an average tour

  • Romenevans on March 27, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    I was a huge fan of NZ team that had Nathan Astle, Dion Nash, Chris Cairns, Harris, Andre Adams, Adam Parore, Fleming, Shane Bond, McMilan, that was one hell of a team. I hope they come back to same strength. All the best NZ from Indian fans.

  • Romenevans on March 27, 2013, 4:50 GMT

    I was a huge fan of NZ team that had Nathan Astle, Dion Nash, Chris Cairns, Harris, Andre Adams, Adam Parore, Fleming, Shane Bond, McMilan, that was one hell of a team. I hope they come back to same strength. All the best NZ from Indian fans.

  • christy29 on March 27, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    I know he they had the one good performance each but I fell Wagner and Bruce Martin aren't good enough to get out good batsmen when we need, I really hope Mitch Mclenagan is 3rd seamer ahead of Bracewell,gillespie, wagner. I think in England if the pitch is green we should play 4 seamers ( Southee, Boult, Mclenagan, Bracewell) with Gillespie, Wagner and milne in support and we drop Brownlie, No he wasn't horrible against England but we can't accept mediocrity to stay in the team with ryder coming back into the fold. Watling may have to watch his back from ronchi after an average tour

  • YogifromNY on March 27, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    I am a supporter of the Indian team and I am still hurting from the fact that NZ did not get their much-deserved victory in the last Test. What a match! I really hope this is the beginning of a truly new day for NZ cricket. God bless!

  • Baxter_P on March 27, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    It's nice to have choices. Even if Ryder doesn't want to be involved and Vettori is ruled out by injury, NZ's squad to tour England should still have quite a bit of quality. If they decide Williamson is the second spinner (and don't recall Patel), then they can supplement the current XI with Bracewell plus either Mitch McClenaghan, Mark Gillespie or Chris Martin as pace bowling options to compete with Wagner to support Tim and TB, and Guptill (who should oust Brownlie from the XI; he can bat at 3 and Kane can drop to 5 where I think he's suited, plus he's a brilliant fielder, the best in the squad) and a variety of others to fill the batting reserve role: an in form veteran (who could 'do a Fulton') like Redmond, Papps or Broom, one for the future like Raval, Latham or Cachopa, or the solid likes of Munro, Flynn or Franklin. That's more viable options than NZ has had since I don't know when.

  • Marktc on March 27, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    As a Saffer, it was sad not to see NZ win the series. They played well, pushed England and deserved the win. I do hope that this is the start of a NZ upswing...

  • class9ryan on March 27, 2013, 5:26 GMT

    Hamish is the key for batting for New Zealand, if he is able to play for 10 years for Kiwis we can see the revolution in Kiwi cricket. I think Ronchi should come in the team atleast for T20s or Odis and Taylor along with Guptill should become consistent to revive New Zealand. williamson and ryder are the players who look to be the more successful players from NZ in future.

  • 22many on March 27, 2013, 5:27 GMT

    I will hold off judgement until the return tour to England...I had a feeling the English had sorted out Rutherford , ....Fulton was the find of Eden Park....before that test the henpecks on TV were questioning hia ability to open for NZ....I hope he does succeed....the quick bowlers I am excited about and should do well in England . So it will come down to the NZ batsman if the return series is the sucess we are expecting.

  • SamRoy on March 27, 2013, 5:36 GMT

    @christy29 I completely agree with you on everything you have said. But I don't know how much successful Fulton is going to be in the long term. Southee, Boult, Mclenagan and Bracewell is a very fine attack. Bruce Martin is not even good enough to play for most first class sides in India. And once Ryder comes it is going to be a good batting line up. Vettori needs to come back in place of Martin. Fine young test team (Much better than Australia!).

  • on March 27, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    actually ...nz have started improving their cricket since the WI tour........they were very competitive in every match (sad that they lost two super-overs).....the odis in SL were half-washed-out ...so that takes out major chunk of competition. Then even t20 was washed out. They drew the test-series against SL at there home (tremendous effort). They had a bad test series in SA....but then came back well loosing by just 1-2 in t20s....and winning the odis 2-0 effectively (lost the dead rubber).....again they were competitve in t20s and odis against a good eng side.....& now they almost won the test series against england (dominated 2 out of 3 matches...which generally doesnt happen from NZ)

  • on March 27, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    Baxter_P I think NZ should (barring injury and IPL commitments ) persevere with the current team. I would only replace Brownlie with Guptill for the May tour as Guptill is a quality fielder like you said and a better batsman. He just needs to get confidence back.I doubt Ryder will join the NZ team in May. I think he will be ready for next summer. I hope Hessan is in regular contact with him. As for the others , Chris Martin and Mark Gillespie in middle to late 30's are not the future and Adam Milne is developing still. I like a four pronged attack on Englands pitches with Wagner , Boult , Southee and Mitch McClenaghan with either Vettori or Bruce Martin for spin. Bracewell , Gilliespie and Chris Martin as injury cover. I would take Niel Broom and Brownlie as cover for the batsman.Luke Ronchi as cover for BJ Watling at keeper.