New Zealand v India, 4th ODI, Hamilton January 29, 2014

New Zealand's middle-overs soundness pays dividends

New Zealand have made light work of the world champions mainly due to a consolidation strategy at the top of the order, executed to perfection by Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson
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Not losing more than three wickets by the 35th over. That was the strategy New Zealand had spoken about and pursued for a while now, and they have now executed it superbly throughout the series against India. It has been rare and refreshing consistency from the New Zealand batsmen, that too, against the world champions who entered the series ranked No 1.

There is a lot to like increasingly about this New Zealand one-day unit, be it the power-hitters at the top and middle order, the canny yet different bowlers in Tim Southee and Kyle Mills, or the powerful seam allrounders in Corey Anderson and Jimmy Neesham. Still, a solid base was needed for all these weapons to launch itself from, and that was provided by an upper middle order that came good in every game.

The earliest New Zealand lost their third wicket in the four games was in the 33rd over, and their lowest score at which the third batsman departed was 153. The corresponding figures for India were the 15th over, and 74.

That New Zealand have got into these strong positions even though the highest partnership their openers have mustered during the same period is 54, is chiefly down to the labours of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, with Martin Guptill's century at Eden Park the other big contributor. Brendon McCullum even went as far as saying that Williamson and Taylor's performances were why New Zealand were able to take an unbeatable 3-0 lead in the series with a match to spare.

"I think the winning of the series has been how we have got to that power situation, in the partnerships - Kane and Ross are our two senior batters, how they have played throughout the series has allowed us to get to that 35-over mark," McCullum said. "Sometimes we have capitalised and at other times, we haven't. The cricket we have played to get to that point has been high class and credit has to go to both Roscoe and Kane for how well they are playing at the moment and how well they are allowing us as a batting group to set big totals when we are batting first and as we saw [in the fourth match], chase down a big total in tough conditions as well."

The fourth ODI in Hamilton was the first time New Zealand were asked to chase in the series, but that wasn't going to bring about any change in the strategy. McCullum said the side had discussed what was to be done in the event they found themselves going after a target, and it was concluded that there was no need to alter what had worked so well so far.

"We discussed it leading into the last game, we said if we do find ourselves chasing, the blueprint shouldn't really change. I think when we chased 360 against West Indies, we didn't quite get it right and we discussed it as a batting group, how we are going to go about doing it and just try and replicate what we do batting first and that's still trying to put together partnerships, try and get to sort of that 35-over mark and have wickets in hand and obviously not too many runs to get. If we do that, then we would be pretty hard to beat in the backend of the game."

There is an important aspect to this approach. Trying not to lose more than two or three wickets till the batting Powerplay can easily mean you let go of scoring opportunities for a majority of the innings. New Zealand were aware they could end up throttling themselves if they were too careful, but a ballistic opening pair made sure that their starts, unlike India's, weren't sedate.

Williamson and Taylor then took over from there. Williamson may not have the power game that the others do, but he makes sure he keeps turning the strike over with machine-like reliability. Taylor, on the other hand, likes to go after the bowling but he's been given a specific role by this team management, which is to build the innings for the hitters to capitalise on. And despite admitting that he too loves to have a crack towards the end, he adapted his batting like any experienced professional in a team game should.

Professional, clinical, and thorough. These are not words you get to use often about a New Zealand outfit, especially about their results, and especially about their batting. But for taking down the big guns from the subcontinent, and doing it with such conviction, this unit deserves those words.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on February 2, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    I think despite of loss in ODI format, BCCI has done a good thing by bringing this young team before the worldcup which will be played here later and this shows the plan is in the hand of Board by making the certain aspect that this will bring some experience to how should they approach for the upcoming big event and i hope here they should think of bringing some experience guys like Gambhir, Sehwag in the batting department and Zaheer, Munaf and Harbhajan in bowling department. Well the clear idea here is this type of bowling could not make any impact, hence i request this guys to take a decision which makes a strong reply for the opponents.......

  • Crick_Expert on January 31, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Good job from NZ side. SHAME ON INDIA BEING CALLED BIG3

  • rajcl on January 30, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    my team t20 world cup 1) dhawan 2) virat 3) uttappa 4) raina 5) yuvaraj 6) dhoni 7) rohit 8) binny/ ,rishi 9) jadeja/harbajan 10) shami 11)umesh/bhuvi/aron/rp singh may be its perct ballanced team for t20 in bangla,,,,( 2 pace, 1 medium ,1 spin & 3 part time & 7 batsman + 2 capable of hitting in slog ) bangla is not so much help for fast bowlers so even yuvi & raina & rohit & virat these 4 capable of 8 overs & last 4 in 11 capable of 12 overs

  • 22many on January 30, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    @Nicco Chunn.

    Please read what I actually said....I was thanking Mr Hesson for ridding the team of the draught horses that were holding this team back over the last three years or so... I also said that the Aussie they fired might have actually known what he was doing regarding the one day game going by the results....looks to me what he said and did is starting to pay off....he also said NZC needed to be honest have integrity etc etc ...agreed with him there as well...just so thankful Sneddon was on board to deal with the present problem with the ICC...Had no faith in Mr White to be able to handle that after the mess he and hess made of the Taylor situation....

  • hokeypokey on January 30, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    @nikko chunn..whos the troll?? ? completely agree with 22many, ross taylor was perfect for that situation, experienced and world class..im not hung up on it though, just a talking point, and I enjoy reading most comments, and point of veiws..I read yours and disagree most of the time, but thats ok.we all strive for perfection as arm chair stone throwers. .but im not going to tell lies, hesson has a long way to go to win this blackcaps fan over, winning and loosing... @plow..well written..agree with everyword.

  • wake_up_india on January 30, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    As the World Cup will be played down under, it is likely to be a rather short one for India. Can't see much changing between now and then -- be it the pitch or the characterisitcs of this Indian team.

  • Crick_Expert on January 30, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    BCCI please apt KOHLI as CAPT

  • Crick_Expert on January 30, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    Indian under 19th team batting much strong. BCCI should new players from under 19th team. Kohli should be CAPT.

  • Crick_Expert on January 30, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    Kohli should indian team Capt

  • on January 30, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    22many yeah agree , many players simply were not up to it. Rob Nicol being one of them.

  • on February 2, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    I think despite of loss in ODI format, BCCI has done a good thing by bringing this young team before the worldcup which will be played here later and this shows the plan is in the hand of Board by making the certain aspect that this will bring some experience to how should they approach for the upcoming big event and i hope here they should think of bringing some experience guys like Gambhir, Sehwag in the batting department and Zaheer, Munaf and Harbhajan in bowling department. Well the clear idea here is this type of bowling could not make any impact, hence i request this guys to take a decision which makes a strong reply for the opponents.......

  • Crick_Expert on January 31, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Good job from NZ side. SHAME ON INDIA BEING CALLED BIG3

  • rajcl on January 30, 2014, 8:35 GMT

    my team t20 world cup 1) dhawan 2) virat 3) uttappa 4) raina 5) yuvaraj 6) dhoni 7) rohit 8) binny/ ,rishi 9) jadeja/harbajan 10) shami 11)umesh/bhuvi/aron/rp singh may be its perct ballanced team for t20 in bangla,,,,( 2 pace, 1 medium ,1 spin & 3 part time & 7 batsman + 2 capable of hitting in slog ) bangla is not so much help for fast bowlers so even yuvi & raina & rohit & virat these 4 capable of 8 overs & last 4 in 11 capable of 12 overs

  • 22many on January 30, 2014, 7:45 GMT

    @Nicco Chunn.

    Please read what I actually said....I was thanking Mr Hesson for ridding the team of the draught horses that were holding this team back over the last three years or so... I also said that the Aussie they fired might have actually known what he was doing regarding the one day game going by the results....looks to me what he said and did is starting to pay off....he also said NZC needed to be honest have integrity etc etc ...agreed with him there as well...just so thankful Sneddon was on board to deal with the present problem with the ICC...Had no faith in Mr White to be able to handle that after the mess he and hess made of the Taylor situation....

  • hokeypokey on January 30, 2014, 7:05 GMT

    @nikko chunn..whos the troll?? ? completely agree with 22many, ross taylor was perfect for that situation, experienced and world class..im not hung up on it though, just a talking point, and I enjoy reading most comments, and point of veiws..I read yours and disagree most of the time, but thats ok.we all strive for perfection as arm chair stone throwers. .but im not going to tell lies, hesson has a long way to go to win this blackcaps fan over, winning and loosing... @plow..well written..agree with everyword.

  • wake_up_india on January 30, 2014, 2:14 GMT

    As the World Cup will be played down under, it is likely to be a rather short one for India. Can't see much changing between now and then -- be it the pitch or the characterisitcs of this Indian team.

  • Crick_Expert on January 30, 2014, 1:41 GMT

    BCCI please apt KOHLI as CAPT

  • Crick_Expert on January 30, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    Indian under 19th team batting much strong. BCCI should new players from under 19th team. Kohli should be CAPT.

  • Crick_Expert on January 30, 2014, 1:36 GMT

    Kohli should indian team Capt

  • on January 30, 2014, 0:27 GMT

    22many yeah agree , many players simply were not up to it. Rob Nicol being one of them.

  • slasher on January 30, 2014, 0:03 GMT

    What I like is that the players are being asked to play their natural game, (with the possible exception of Taylor who has made a concerted effort to bat time) Williamson is allowed to take his time and accumulate, Ryder is allowed to go hard at anything loose early on, and McCullum and Ronchi have been allowed to come in late and give it a nudge.

    NZ use a strategy that plays to their strengths and doesn't require the players to change their game too much.

  • on January 29, 2014, 23:50 GMT

    Wrong again @22Many... you truly are a dunce and an endless troll of BMac and Hesson. Idiot, it was the start of the batting power-play and that - and that alone - is why they sent Corey in early (by one spot effectively). If it had worked, which it could easily have, you would have just found another misinterpretation to troll and whinge about.... We got 314 and it was our bowlers lack of KI (and a determined effort from India) that earned them that draw. But 3-0 after four games is an annihilation of the number one team - end of story - and I predicted a series win before a ball was bowled. You said we would get annihilated and that BMac and half the team were terrible. We had the 'wrong team' and any number of other criticisms. Bottom-line is you were wrong and should not even show your face in here pretending to be a fan of either side when you are a cynical troll. Black Caps have played awesome and your dire predictions pre-tour were 100% wrong. Hang your head and/or move to Oz.

  • plow on January 29, 2014, 22:49 GMT

    Its not often us kiwis get to bask in the glory of top order batting, but finally we can. This NZ side is delivering now and I am enjoying it thoroughly. What impresses me the most is the excellence and maturity of Ross Taylor. He had every reason to be bitter about the captaincy debacle but he has chosen to let it go and move on without holding any resentment to his captain Brendon McCullum. That is remarkable. Ross Taylor I salute you already as New Zealands greatest ever batsman. You do not yet have the centuries to claim it but they will come, I have no doubt. The patience you show, the shift in mental approach to accumulating... it looks so easy now. Amazing transformation form the potential from 2 years ago. Congratulations and keeping working as hard as you can. :-)

  • amclean on January 29, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    It's nice to have Jones and Crowe at 3 & 4 again. I never did like Glenn Turner's view in 1996 that you could afford to sacrifice three wickets in the first 15 overs.

  • Al_Bundy1 on January 29, 2014, 21:38 GMT

    Agree with @ RandyS - this is same stratergy IND used when Sehwag was opening with Sachin... Kohli and Gambhir used anchor the innings followed by yuvi, dhoni and raina...

    We need attackin batsman to open the innings.. so its worth to try Yusuf or Uttapa. Yusuf is a fearless hitter of the ball and Uthappa can be a handy stroke player. Kedar Jhadav is also a good hitter.

  • silentassassin_88 on January 29, 2014, 21:33 GMT

    To be honest, Indian bowling is certainly at rock bottom. Could not contain runs, take wickets, or at least put some pressure on opposition batsmen. NZ must be thankful to India for scheduling this ODI series. I remember Ishant proclaiming himself to be the spearhead of Indian pace attack, recently. Barring ashwin & jadeja, none of them were able to check the run flow. Pacers are gifting runs bowling exactly at the wrong spots, at wrong pace. With world cup approaching, i see no point in searching for better pacers. Hire a bowling coach, and improve Bhuvi and Shami.Its better to turn back to our traditional spin-dominated bowling attack. Rope in mishra in the playing 11 and bring Ojha in the touring squad. Rasool can be tried in ODIs.The problem is Dhoni is not willing to try new faces.

    Let us be honest and try to utilize our resource more efficiently. Disheartening to see bowlers running in hopelessly and expecting NZ batsmen to play some stupid shots or to get out in unusual manner.

  • silentassassin_88 on January 29, 2014, 21:25 GMT

    To be honest, Indian bowling is certainly at rock bottom. Could not contain runs, take wickets, or at least put some pressure on opposition batsmen. NZ must be thankful to India for scheduling this ODI series. I remember Ishant proclaiming himself to be the spearhead of Indian pace attack, recently. Barring ashwin & jadeja, none of them were able to check the run flow. Pacers are gifting runs bowling exactly at the wrong spots, at wrong pace. With world cup approaching, i see no point in searching for better pacers. Hire a bowling coach, and improve Bhuvi and Shami.Its better to turn back to our traditional spin-dominated bowling attack. Rope in mishra in the playing 11 and bring Ojha in the touring squad. Rasool can be tried in ODIs.The problem is Dhoni is not willing to try new faces.

    Let us be honest and try to utilize our resource more efficiently. Disheartening to see bowlers running in hopelessly and expecting NZ batsmen to play some stupid shots or to get out in unusual manner.

  • on January 29, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    I am very hopeful that New Zealand will pull off an awesome win and might even be able to whitewash India because lets face its not Indias home ground neither comfort zone aka FLAT TRACKS! good luck to the kiwis all the way from United States!

  • slazenger on January 29, 2014, 21:02 GMT

    India is a very when it comes to batting but they really have to improve bowling. They have to find some pace bowlers who can make a difference. NZ is not that great but they are bowling to a strict line and length.

  • Nampally on January 29, 2014, 21:01 GMT

    It is poor Indian bowling making every average NZ player look like Don Bradman! If you look at the runs given by bowlers: 3 pacers gave 174 runs in 24 overs (7 runs/over), Jadeja & Ashwin gave 74 runs in 20 overs (3.7 runs/over), Binny + Rayudu gave 31 runs in 4 overs (8 runs/over). If Dhoni can get 12 overs from spinners Raina, Rohit & Dhawan @ 5 runs/over, then only 18 overs are left for the 3 pacers @ 7 runs/over. The score would still be <280. In fact he can use Kumar, Shami & Pandey/Binny as 3 pacers. This is the only option left unless Dhoni wants to try Mishra instead of 3rd seamer. It is also time for Dhoni to include Pujara in place of Rahane. So the XI will be: Dhawan, Rohit, Kohli, Pujara, Dhoni, Jadeja, Raina, Ashwin, Kumar, Shami, Pandey/Mishra/Binny. If Dhawan needs to be dropped, bring in Vijay but do not use either Pujara or Kohli to open. Dhoni can try this XI for ODI 5 because it is an irrelevant Rubber. It also gives India a fair chance to try spin strategy to win.

  • on January 29, 2014, 20:16 GMT

    McCullum: "I think when we chased 360 against West Indies, we didn't quite get it right" That's a bit of an understatement, they lost by over 200 runs.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 29, 2014, 19:39 GMT

    Looks like Kane Williamson has finally lived up to the hype. I knew this kid had talent and he has finally shown the world why he's the next big thing from NZ cricket. I am sure the IPL scouts would have noted his talent in hitting the ball. Come Feb 12 and 13, Williamson could be a part of any of the IPL teams. Ross Taylor is a loveable character. A genuine match winner who just goes about his game without fuss. I hate to see India lose but I don't mind losing to a better team and NZ have shown just that. India were outplayed in almost every department, more so in the bowling and fielding areas. Dhoni needs to get his act together and stop being ''over smart'. He's now becoming a liability as captain and it's only a matter of time before the Indian public lose patience with him. If India are to be successful this time next year at the World Cup, some drastic changes need to be made in this Indian team. For a starter, I would get rid of Rohit + Ishant Sharma and Raina for good.

  • hokeypokey on January 29, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    Welldone to the hole team, on the series win...fantastic..but im saving my praise for the coach..the 20/20 cup is in Bangladesh very soon, and I believe if we are to be world beaters we have to start at this tournament...for us to do well in the worldcup (odi) we have to start winning under pressure on bigger stages..great start though...the tests will be interesting cantwait.

  • PMadhavarao on January 29, 2014, 18:56 GMT

    Dear Dhoni, As expressed by many Indian fans like me, it is very disheartening to see such poor performance from your team. As we've seen your batters consistently get out to the "Short" balls and it is well known to the world cricket teams that Indian batter are NOT good players of the "Short" balls. So, here is my advise to just "duck" from those "short" balls and stay away from them at least during the first 25 overs or so. Since they can bowl only two short balls , it not a big deal ducking under them. also, they are NOT going to bowl two short balls per over consistently so, no need to worry about "dot" balls. This strategy will keep your wickets in hand at least the initial 25-30 over and you can be adventurous and hook / pull from a strong position. It is meaningless to hook/pull (by your batsmen) when you don't have a solid base. I hope you and your team understand and follow this simple strategy and win the final ODI.

  • cricket_lover1 on January 29, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    Indian bowlers have to bowl with some kind of game plan..looks like currently they are just bowling and hoping batsman make some mistake...same goes with batters..they are just gifting their wicket to NZ bowling plans...why to play big shot on bouncers...If they cut out their expensive shots on bouncers..they will stay longer and will score more..as simple as that..don't know why they can't think on their game...

  • 22many on January 29, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    The one brain fade came at Eden Park when Hesson and co decided to change the batting order which got the result they deserved. Felt for Anderson and once he went, the wheels fell off....just lucky it wasn't a loss. Also a thank you to John Buchanon for putting the one day program in place long before others saw the future.....shame on those who sent him packing....but they will benefit from his fore sight . Well done to Hesson for ridding the team of the draught horses that have plagued the NZ team and its performances over the last few years .

  • RandyS on January 29, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    this is same stratergy IND used when shehwas was opening with Sachin... Kohli and Gambhir used anchor the innings followed by yuvi, dhoni and raina... so we need attackin batsman to open the innings.. so its worth to try yusuf or uttapa..

  • DJRNZ on January 29, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    Hesson and McCulllum have got a lot of stick since the Taylor debacle and still do when things go wrong. Got to hand it to them though, in terms of ODIs NZ is looking good, aside from Bangladesh beating us 5-0. Just need McCullum to step up and get some bigger scores now. Helps to actually have some depth in all departments, something NZ hasn't really had since I started watching cricket 23 years ago. Will be interesting to see how the tests go, looking forward to seeing Boult V Kholi

  • sameetpateel on January 29, 2014, 16:43 GMT

    Well i have been following the Nz side since 2007 And never ever witnessed a performance as good as this and consistently as well...the big reason behind this has to be experience in the Nz line up and consistency amongst Nz selectors too to bind a strong side together..long may this continue for the kiwis!!......

  • saiparames on January 29, 2014, 16:29 GMT

    Bring back sehwag and gamber back ..

  • Cruzan on January 29, 2014, 15:08 GMT

    The vital difference is the bowling side of both teams. NZ stuck to strick line and length and pitch giving no freedom of a freeplay to Indians. On the other hand, India bowling was much less so.

  • yogicoolboy on January 29, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    bowlers have to do well. Surprise to kohli opening, as he has done well at nos 3

  • SkyCutter on January 29, 2014, 12:56 GMT

    I am impressed by this NZ unit. I had counted them totally out for this ODI series, but by winning it they have shown amazing talent.

    Well Done!!!

  • bobbo2 on January 29, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    Well done to the coach Mike Hession and McCullum for bringing a decent game plan and getting the right players doing the right job. NZ are a good chance at the WC.

  • jb633 on January 29, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    NZ have been good but they must remember they are batting against the worst bowling attack in world cricket in these conditions. I still think they need to think about the opening role with Ryder struggling. Possibly go left field and stick McCullum back up there for a pinch hit.

  • CGKK on January 29, 2014, 11:28 GMT

    @EvanChristie, I didn't see yr comments until after I had written mine. I totally agree with you...look at yeaterday...first 5 scoring shots from Ryder and Guptil, 4,4,4,4,4,. 20-0 after 2 overs and the pressure is on the bowlers and dont the Indians know it!

  • CGKK on January 29, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Oh yes indeed this is a very good blueprint that NZ are using. Who cares if Ryder or Guptil has been didmissed early has been the case in every match. The run rate they strike at had been so good there is no pressure on Williamson or Taylor to accelerate it. God help some teams if Ryder is still there at the 35th over one day. NZ will score 425 plus on that occasion. We have a great team in the making with plenty of others waiting in the wings. Colin Munro who went beserk once or twice in Bangladesh, Adam Milne, Neesham and all the other cricketers who are watching, learning and wanting to be part of this team.!! Yes...things are looking very good for NZ.

  • on January 29, 2014, 10:50 GMT

    it should be remembered that Guptil and Ryder are scoring fast enough to allow Taylor and Williamson to pace thier innings without too much pressure...its a key aspect of the strategy . Its only a matter of time til Ryder kicks on and the day that happens they unstoppable

  • Min2000 on January 29, 2014, 10:15 GMT

    @ kiwicricketnut. Snap! Couldn't agree more.

  • Salman_Shakeel84 on January 29, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    A great thrashing by Newzealand to so called one of the big 3.

    What a great time to do this thrashing, now the idea givers of Ist tier are hiding their faces in dust.

    BRAVO Newzealand

    Respect from Pakistan

  • Min2000 on January 29, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Have to take my hat off to Hesson. Everyone (myself included) wrote him off immediately. He's been riding out a storm for over a year now following the botched sacking of Taylor, but he has started to build a proper squad and NZL is on track to start moving up the rankings in all forms. Onya Mike.

  • kiwicricketnut on January 29, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    i never thought i'd say this but i think that mike hesson deserves alot of credit here and he doesn't seem to get any praise from the fans or media for how well he has unified one of the most defunctional teams around, he had a bit of a shocker turfing out taylor but since then he has gelled together a bloody good team and seems to have the goods as a coach. i'll allways stand by my opinion that mccullum should not be in the test team but his captaincy has been a real asset, his aggressive approach is refreshing we needed someone like him to take the reigns because conservitive captains were getting us nowhere, while he still makes some howlers for the most part he gets it right. the team is really running well and while williamson, and taylor have been outstanding, the brains trust deserve a little credit too.

  • Alexk400 on January 29, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    I still think lunke rochi should be dropped. Or mccullum should be wicket keeper if they can find better batsman and all rounder. Nathan mccullum also weak batsman against good fast bowling. As long nz play with a plan they can be good. Corey anderson power gives them to become top tier team. Not all games kane and ross taylor going to score. In that situation , do they have batsman grind some runs?. Mccullum should play like dhoni and take singles often until he gets to 50 or team in better situation then he can go for slog. He has to be nudger to balance the team.

  • jplterrors on January 29, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Cant see another country getting lucky at next WC NZ are morals, chappel-HADLEE was axed due to Aus not wanting to go 15 yrs without it, bit like test champ axed cause they knew NZ wd take it. This kind of form and we still got Pete Fulton waitin in the wings who wd captain Aus, Ind or Eng.

  • on January 29, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    After a long time watching despairingly, it is truly a very exciting period for New Zealand. It feels like, as you said, we have finally become professional.

    It's the combination of NZ resolve and professionalism which I think will make them one of the best NZ sides. Hopefully!

  • PrasPunter on January 29, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    @ravi_hari, yes , eager to see an Aus-NZ clash. Its has been sometime since the Chappell-Hadlee trophy was played for the ODI honors. Wondering if it has been dumped. Any idea ?

  • Antony_Lucas on January 29, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    @Anurag_India the same sentiment was expressed regarding the 'weakest bowling attack ever' only a month or 2 ago when west indies were here struggling to contain the NZ test batsmen

  • ravi_hari on January 29, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Truly professional approach by NZ. First time you have seen them executing plans to the T. They looked more like Aus and SA. If they continue this way, they will be among the top favourites for WC15. It is great to see some one like Kane using his technique to give solidity to the middle order a la Dravid and giving scope to stroke players like Taylor, Mcullum, Anderson, Ronchi to bat without pressure. The formula in ODI today is to reach 200 by 40th over with 5 wkts in hand and score at 10 an over to cross 300 in 50. NZ have done this perfectly each innings. Even in the chase they were 200 by 39th over. With the variety in bowling they are doing it perfectly well and succeeding against an over rated side. I think India needs to learn from NZ. If you know your bowling is not good enough, you need to strengthen your batting so that they can score in excess of 300 each innings. I am eager to see a NZ-Aus clash now. It would bring the best cricket out of both. Well done NZ! Keep it going

  • Anurag_India on January 29, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    While Newzeland richly deserve the praise for their superb performance in thie series. A concession needs to be made for the fact that they're playing against the weakest bowling attack outside of Bangladesh in World Cricket notorious for playing out of form batsmen into it.

  • humi_cric on January 29, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    The current NZ teams is very much similar to the 1992 WC Martin Crowe's team or may be slightly better. We all know what they did in that tournament, so be ready for the next year WC, strong candidate atleast for the Semi's. Good luck Black Caps.

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  • humi_cric on January 29, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    The current NZ teams is very much similar to the 1992 WC Martin Crowe's team or may be slightly better. We all know what they did in that tournament, so be ready for the next year WC, strong candidate atleast for the Semi's. Good luck Black Caps.

  • Anurag_India on January 29, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    While Newzeland richly deserve the praise for their superb performance in thie series. A concession needs to be made for the fact that they're playing against the weakest bowling attack outside of Bangladesh in World Cricket notorious for playing out of form batsmen into it.

  • ravi_hari on January 29, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    Truly professional approach by NZ. First time you have seen them executing plans to the T. They looked more like Aus and SA. If they continue this way, they will be among the top favourites for WC15. It is great to see some one like Kane using his technique to give solidity to the middle order a la Dravid and giving scope to stroke players like Taylor, Mcullum, Anderson, Ronchi to bat without pressure. The formula in ODI today is to reach 200 by 40th over with 5 wkts in hand and score at 10 an over to cross 300 in 50. NZ have done this perfectly each innings. Even in the chase they were 200 by 39th over. With the variety in bowling they are doing it perfectly well and succeeding against an over rated side. I think India needs to learn from NZ. If you know your bowling is not good enough, you need to strengthen your batting so that they can score in excess of 300 each innings. I am eager to see a NZ-Aus clash now. It would bring the best cricket out of both. Well done NZ! Keep it going

  • Antony_Lucas on January 29, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    @Anurag_India the same sentiment was expressed regarding the 'weakest bowling attack ever' only a month or 2 ago when west indies were here struggling to contain the NZ test batsmen

  • PrasPunter on January 29, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    @ravi_hari, yes , eager to see an Aus-NZ clash. Its has been sometime since the Chappell-Hadlee trophy was played for the ODI honors. Wondering if it has been dumped. Any idea ?

  • on January 29, 2014, 9:22 GMT

    After a long time watching despairingly, it is truly a very exciting period for New Zealand. It feels like, as you said, we have finally become professional.

    It's the combination of NZ resolve and professionalism which I think will make them one of the best NZ sides. Hopefully!

  • jplterrors on January 29, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Cant see another country getting lucky at next WC NZ are morals, chappel-HADLEE was axed due to Aus not wanting to go 15 yrs without it, bit like test champ axed cause they knew NZ wd take it. This kind of form and we still got Pete Fulton waitin in the wings who wd captain Aus, Ind or Eng.

  • Alexk400 on January 29, 2014, 9:44 GMT

    I still think lunke rochi should be dropped. Or mccullum should be wicket keeper if they can find better batsman and all rounder. Nathan mccullum also weak batsman against good fast bowling. As long nz play with a plan they can be good. Corey anderson power gives them to become top tier team. Not all games kane and ross taylor going to score. In that situation , do they have batsman grind some runs?. Mccullum should play like dhoni and take singles often until he gets to 50 or team in better situation then he can go for slog. He has to be nudger to balance the team.

  • kiwicricketnut on January 29, 2014, 9:49 GMT

    i never thought i'd say this but i think that mike hesson deserves alot of credit here and he doesn't seem to get any praise from the fans or media for how well he has unified one of the most defunctional teams around, he had a bit of a shocker turfing out taylor but since then he has gelled together a bloody good team and seems to have the goods as a coach. i'll allways stand by my opinion that mccullum should not be in the test team but his captaincy has been a real asset, his aggressive approach is refreshing we needed someone like him to take the reigns because conservitive captains were getting us nowhere, while he still makes some howlers for the most part he gets it right. the team is really running well and while williamson, and taylor have been outstanding, the brains trust deserve a little credit too.

  • Min2000 on January 29, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Have to take my hat off to Hesson. Everyone (myself included) wrote him off immediately. He's been riding out a storm for over a year now following the botched sacking of Taylor, but he has started to build a proper squad and NZL is on track to start moving up the rankings in all forms. Onya Mike.