New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st Test, Hamilton January 10, 2011

Wright urges patience after crushing defeat

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John Wright, the New Zealand coach, has called his team's performance in the Hamilton Test as "unacceptable" but has urged "patience" from fans following the crushing three-day defeat. New Zealand lost all ten second-innings wickets in a session to be shut out of the game that, until tea on the third day, had been closely fought. The Test was Wright's first major assignment in his new role as coach, after he replaced Mark Greatbatch following New Zealand's forgettable one-day campaigns in the subcontinent.

"I'm a little bit older and wiser," Wright, who was formerly India's coach, told Radio Sport. "It's certainly been an interesting experience. You've got to have a look at things and I suppose in reality you're looking at the challenge which lies ahead of you. Everybody understands pretty clearly that the performance was unacceptable."

New Zealand's ten-wicket humbling came on a pitch that was favourable for batting. The key, Wright said, was to find batsmen capable of occupying the crease for extended periods of time. "It's going to take some time and we need to find batsmen that are prepared to be very patient and really want to stay at the crease.

"The talent's there but we've got a bit of teaching to do. New Zealand sports fans do have big expectations, I understand that, and I can say to the public from all of us it was totally unacceptable and we've got to do a lot better. But show us some patience. If I can do my job properly and the boys respond, we'll get there."

Wright backed New Zealand to turn the tables in Wellington, the venue for the next Test, but praised Pakistan for their win which was achieved despite the absence of several first-choice players for various reasons. "They're very rich in playing talent and they've always, over the course of their history, managed to field a good team. They've got great fast-bowling stocks and they're a good team, but they're beatable."

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  • POSTED BY Mondyholic on | January 12, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    What a load of rubbish.....werent India rolled in the first test against SA? Didnt Aus get bowled out for 98 on boxing day? Yea, lets drop them both from the top test teir too eh? New Zealand have ALWAYS had the ability to have a huge batting collapse...its not a recent development. Then the next game we'll see a score of 490ish and then see Pakistan out for less than 200....Both Pakistan and New Zealand are teams that swing from brilliance to bewilderment in the space of a few days...that what makes them so interesting to watch! Write the kiwis off if you want to, but do so at your own peril. Instead of being harsh on the Kiwis for the lack of application, try heaping praise on The pakastan team, who bowled and fielded out of their skins and deserved the victory. On that third day they would have betean anyone.

    As for India? we'll....didnt they refuse to come to New Zealand unless the pitches were turned into roads? Number 1 my ass

  • POSTED BY M-S-R on | January 12, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Had it been BD, loosing 10 wickets in a session………..guess the bashing to cut BD off the Test playing nations………..!

  • POSTED BY tendlya14 on | January 12, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    @Saad Bin Naem--- Dude stop living in the past..!...Look at the last decade and you will clearly see India has beaten the stuffing out of Pakistan in all forms of the game. You name it...! Bilateral Tests home and away and ODI series -home and away....Beaten Pakistan in T20 in both World Cups !... Against Australia, the previous No 1, India are 6-0 since the Perth test of 2008. Pakistan just won a Test against Australia for the first time in 14 years!!...And you still think Pakistan's better?? You should know that a team is only as good as their last match. India has taken on all comers and are yet unbeaten in England, Srilanka, West Indies and now S.africa. Australia is next and no doubt they are scared. I know all this is hard for you to swallow but thats the way it is! Cheers!

  • POSTED BY tendlya14 on | January 12, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    @Ansar Mahmood....its very easy to read between your lines...first you have conveniently qouted the years starting from 1990...when clearly India only started winning consistently since England tour in 2007. Till the year 2010 India Has beaten Pakistan home and away 3 Test series. So i guess ur Question is answered who was better...India or Pakistan. And against the Team of the era ..the Australians....the only subcontinental team who beat them was also India. Forget test series wins...Pakistan just recently won a Test against a weak Aussie team for the 1st time in fourteen years!!....Just pathetic dude...Pakistan cricket seems to have regressed to the Stone Ages! In the upcoming Test championships in 2012, Pakistan wont even be considered...seeing as they are in 6th place. And now the players of a once proud Pakistan are reduced to begging for places in the Indian premier League....a shame really..! How the world has changed!

  • POSTED BY asadkum on | January 11, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA ............................................................... It's game, it's cricket ...someone will win - someone will lose !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NZ is not a bad team -- they have talent --- At present they have tough time but I am sure they will bounce back ........... Pak is also passing through a tough time - but they have really played well in the 1st test....& they deserve to win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Everyone Must read these facts at least one time Especially Indians Since 1990-2010 SL played- 67, won-11, lost-36, drew-20. For IND played- 87, won-14, lost-33, drew-41. For PAK played- 91, won-28, lost-41, drew-22.These are all away from home except BAN & ZIM matches. IND Even lost 2 Test in ZIM too. Whereas SL never. So PAK is the best subcontinent team and see their ranking by now. Same way SL winning percentage is marginally better than IND. Still IND is NO.1 why?..... Indians are only lions at home ground and away ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh read above dude. And decide ownself who is the better side in subcontinent

  • POSTED BY BUTT_093 on | January 11, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    My dear fellow Pakistanis, don't get too ahead of yourselves. As much as this may seem like a bad time to say this but you have to realise that NZ's performance was a miserable one by all standards. You can see that when the crowd cheers for CHRIS MARTIN of all people to get them to a respectable position. Pakistan did well to shut NZ out of the game when they got the chance but expect a much improved performance from the Kiwis. I'll certainly expect their batsmen to show more maturity and occupy the crease for longer periods of time which they certainly didn't manage to do in Hamilton. BOTTOM LINE: Be prepared !! :/

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | January 11, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Pak are without MoYo, Amir, Asif, Butt, Kaneria, Malik and K. Akmal (for his batting not wicket keeping) but yet Pak still managed to defeat NZ.

    It just goes to show how much depth there is in Pak's talent pool!

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    @ Arvind Bhavsar: If loosing test matches to Pakistan is a big mess, then Indians have been in this mess for all their miserable life. Dont believe me?? Look up stats guru, Pakistan STILL HAS A BETTER WIN LOSS RECORD against India (12W 9L) so like fill up that deficit before you speak! And for that to happen, you dudes need to play us. Oh ... wait a minute.. that doesnt seem to be happening a lot these days. So I guess its going to take you another DECADE or so to come anywhere near us.......

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | January 11, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    @aahd81... India has reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time and even if for a limited period, we are proud of it. The whole cricketing world has acknowledged it. As for your reaching this spot, I believe is only in your dreams.

  • POSTED BY Mondyholic on | January 12, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    What a load of rubbish.....werent India rolled in the first test against SA? Didnt Aus get bowled out for 98 on boxing day? Yea, lets drop them both from the top test teir too eh? New Zealand have ALWAYS had the ability to have a huge batting collapse...its not a recent development. Then the next game we'll see a score of 490ish and then see Pakistan out for less than 200....Both Pakistan and New Zealand are teams that swing from brilliance to bewilderment in the space of a few days...that what makes them so interesting to watch! Write the kiwis off if you want to, but do so at your own peril. Instead of being harsh on the Kiwis for the lack of application, try heaping praise on The pakastan team, who bowled and fielded out of their skins and deserved the victory. On that third day they would have betean anyone.

    As for India? we'll....didnt they refuse to come to New Zealand unless the pitches were turned into roads? Number 1 my ass

  • POSTED BY M-S-R on | January 12, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    Had it been BD, loosing 10 wickets in a session………..guess the bashing to cut BD off the Test playing nations………..!

  • POSTED BY tendlya14 on | January 12, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    @Saad Bin Naem--- Dude stop living in the past..!...Look at the last decade and you will clearly see India has beaten the stuffing out of Pakistan in all forms of the game. You name it...! Bilateral Tests home and away and ODI series -home and away....Beaten Pakistan in T20 in both World Cups !... Against Australia, the previous No 1, India are 6-0 since the Perth test of 2008. Pakistan just won a Test against Australia for the first time in 14 years!!...And you still think Pakistan's better?? You should know that a team is only as good as their last match. India has taken on all comers and are yet unbeaten in England, Srilanka, West Indies and now S.africa. Australia is next and no doubt they are scared. I know all this is hard for you to swallow but thats the way it is! Cheers!

  • POSTED BY tendlya14 on | January 12, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    @Ansar Mahmood....its very easy to read between your lines...first you have conveniently qouted the years starting from 1990...when clearly India only started winning consistently since England tour in 2007. Till the year 2010 India Has beaten Pakistan home and away 3 Test series. So i guess ur Question is answered who was better...India or Pakistan. And against the Team of the era ..the Australians....the only subcontinental team who beat them was also India. Forget test series wins...Pakistan just recently won a Test against a weak Aussie team for the 1st time in fourteen years!!....Just pathetic dude...Pakistan cricket seems to have regressed to the Stone Ages! In the upcoming Test championships in 2012, Pakistan wont even be considered...seeing as they are in 6th place. And now the players of a once proud Pakistan are reduced to begging for places in the Indian premier League....a shame really..! How the world has changed!

  • POSTED BY asadkum on | January 11, 2011, 16:05 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA ............................................................... It's game, it's cricket ...someone will win - someone will lose !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! NZ is not a bad team -- they have talent --- At present they have tough time but I am sure they will bounce back ........... Pak is also passing through a tough time - but they have really played well in the 1st test....& they deserve to win !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2011, 15:46 GMT

    Everyone Must read these facts at least one time Especially Indians Since 1990-2010 SL played- 67, won-11, lost-36, drew-20. For IND played- 87, won-14, lost-33, drew-41. For PAK played- 91, won-28, lost-41, drew-22.These are all away from home except BAN & ZIM matches. IND Even lost 2 Test in ZIM too. Whereas SL never. So PAK is the best subcontinent team and see their ranking by now. Same way SL winning percentage is marginally better than IND. Still IND is NO.1 why?..... Indians are only lions at home ground and away ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh read above dude. And decide ownself who is the better side in subcontinent

  • POSTED BY BUTT_093 on | January 11, 2011, 15:43 GMT

    My dear fellow Pakistanis, don't get too ahead of yourselves. As much as this may seem like a bad time to say this but you have to realise that NZ's performance was a miserable one by all standards. You can see that when the crowd cheers for CHRIS MARTIN of all people to get them to a respectable position. Pakistan did well to shut NZ out of the game when they got the chance but expect a much improved performance from the Kiwis. I'll certainly expect their batsmen to show more maturity and occupy the crease for longer periods of time which they certainly didn't manage to do in Hamilton. BOTTOM LINE: Be prepared !! :/

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | January 11, 2011, 14:01 GMT

    Pak are without MoYo, Amir, Asif, Butt, Kaneria, Malik and K. Akmal (for his batting not wicket keeping) but yet Pak still managed to defeat NZ.

    It just goes to show how much depth there is in Pak's talent pool!

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2011, 12:54 GMT

    @ Arvind Bhavsar: If loosing test matches to Pakistan is a big mess, then Indians have been in this mess for all their miserable life. Dont believe me?? Look up stats guru, Pakistan STILL HAS A BETTER WIN LOSS RECORD against India (12W 9L) so like fill up that deficit before you speak! And for that to happen, you dudes need to play us. Oh ... wait a minute.. that doesnt seem to be happening a lot these days. So I guess its going to take you another DECADE or so to come anywhere near us.......

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | January 11, 2011, 11:30 GMT

    @aahd81... India has reached the No. 1 ranking for the first time and even if for a limited period, we are proud of it. The whole cricketing world has acknowledged it. As for your reaching this spot, I believe is only in your dreams.

  • POSTED BY tendlya14 on | January 11, 2011, 7:53 GMT

    @Muhammed faisal Khurrani....you seem to have written a lot about sehwag dude, yet you would be the first person to pick him into your team if he was pakistani...! What the pakistan team wouldnt give to have a batsmen like him in their team...! For your info...sehwag was injured in SAfrica series...and its not a disgrace to be given out to Steyn's bowling coz he's the best in the world....if Sehwags a flat track bully, then explain how he has a triple century in Pakistan, Double Century in Australia , a Century Vs Mcgrath and Warne and a Debut century against Donald and Pollock in S Africa? You really dont know cricket dude....Less said of Asif , the better....atleast Sehwag has integrity...Ur entire team lacks that...Cheers!

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    All new zealands players are just gone. Fleming, Astle, Mcmillan, Cairns, Bond, Martin was better in the eariler 2000's. They now only have McCullum and Vettori. But there are still good talented players like Guptill(way to slow first innings), Taylor, Ryder. They probably had the best team at around 2003-2007. But with all these people retired NZ have just gone down a level.

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2011, 6:34 GMT

    Common man don't be so harsh on this New Zealand team.They are having a tough time but they will bounce back even though the lack of talent is palpable in the current side.All these talk of relegation is utter nonsense.Even a Pakistan team scored 59 and 53 in a test match at Sharjah in 2002 with the Pakistanis loosing in one and half days and Indians 100 and 66 at Durban in 1996.

  • POSTED BY aahd81 on | January 11, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    Some interesting comments coming from our Indian friends. As already mentioned, it took India a couple of decades to win in NZ...and that too, if I remember correctly, happened AFTER NZ board went out of their way to make placid tracks right before the Indian series to let them have their chance. A former New Zealand player's indignant article about that change, and its reasons was all published on CricInfo. India has a good team but hey, they are nowhere near Australia of a few years back. Its more their Board's bullying that gets them into good positions. My advice to our Indian friends would be to not take that No. 1 ranking too seriously...

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | January 11, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    Just returned from Cape town Newlands.... Ye absoultely right. I was there too and saw you sweeping the pitch in between the innings. Good job for making this pitch for a great match between two top teams.

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2011, 4:48 GMT

    Losing to pakistani test team should be big cause of concen for new zealand side you know you are in deep mess if you are losing matches to sides like pakistan and bangladesh. Vettori has to stand up and be counted he bowled rubbish and couldn't contribute anything with the bat either

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    NZ is a good team they have depth in their team with players like McCullum. They lost series in subcontinent, then what many other teams have done the same. but their is some thing in between Pakistan and NZ. i don't know if they are scared or some think. The on slot which started in 1992 still exits.

  • POSTED BY on | January 11, 2011, 1:12 GMT

    I have read a lot of comments here about how good the Black Caps players are. We all know that we have some talented players but the probem is, they are far too inconsistant. Lets not take anything away from Pakistan, because they bowled brilliantly. When you look back at 2010, the Black Caps had a horrid away winter to Bangladesh and India. We showed in the tests in India that we do have the talent to push any bowling attack, but it all started in the 3rd Test Match. For no reason they capitulated. We do need to give them time, but they also need to have pressure to perform. There are guys scoring 200's at domestic level which are not getting a look in. That makes you wonder if the selectors are putting a team together based on form or last names?? I would say the latter as clearly a few of the Black Caps are out of form at the moment!!

  • POSTED BY BIGFERG on | January 10, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    There have been some terrible NZ teams since the 1958 tour to England, but this current lot must be considered the worst team in NZ test history. Pakistan stripped of its front line bowlers and its current political pressures should be one team that the black crap can beat at home. Obviously not. Luckily Zimbabwe is here next summer!

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 22:14 GMT

    Pakistan fielded a team with only ONE person from the team that toured in 09, and they still lost by 10 wickets.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 21:37 GMT

    Sehwag is a slogger as I always have maintained with lot of luck. He can not play incoming deliveries, and always gets bowled thru the gate. I call him Asif's bunny, the later was th eone who engineered Sehwag's exit in 2006 and he remined in the wilderness for a year or so to sort stuff out. But, I think he still has not learnt, bowlers like Steyn and Asif can open up such weaknesses in a few balls. Like the Great Marshal used to do. NZ is a top team, all teams go thru tough periods, I think they can bounce back and will be dark horses in World Cup. Dont just write them off. This NZ team resembles a lot of the INdian team that used to crash in 90s a lot, especially in away tours,

  • POSTED BY Pakistan-Zindabaad on | January 10, 2011, 21:03 GMT

    THERES NOOO POINT FOR LIKE RIGHT TO SAY THAT IT WASS UNACCEPTABLE BECAUSE THATS THE TRUE NWZ LAND TEAMM!!!! THEY ALSO LOST AGAINST BANGLADESH.. NO OFFENCE TO BANGLADESH BUT THERE ONE OF THE LOWER ORDER TEEAMS AND THERE'S NO POINT OF ARGUING IF UR TEAM IS A PLAYING THERE NATURAL GAMEE!

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 20:16 GMT

    i am totaly convinced that new zealand will bounce back, what an idiotiic idea of having new zealand to play at asosciate level.they jst level series with world # 1 home series, so what if they collapsed look what happen to india 132 all out so call world best batting line up. so plz. give em a brake,let em concentrate.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 20:03 GMT

    if amir is cleard.. there wont be any place fuh umer gul.. as wahab nd tanvir r exceptionally gud bowlers.. tanvir ahmed is really the danger man now.. and with new talent cummg in the likes of asad shafiq.. think team wud be serious contenders in 2011 and so on..

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | January 10, 2011, 19:11 GMT

    Its a land of Richard Hadle and Shane Bond. And a 26 time bigger nation couldn't ever produce a single bowler like these two stars. No. 1 my ass.

  • POSTED BY Zahidsaltin on | January 10, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    I THINK most of the comments are unfair on NZ. In my books NZ has at least as good a bowling attack as India has. They have 3 good batsmen in McCullum, Taylor and Rider. They only need a couple of batsmen and one fast bowler to become a top team. They crashed in 2nd innings, so does it happen for others teams too once a while. In this last test, Taylor, Ryder and Vetori didn,t score as they usually do and thats the reason for their down fall. I read a comment made by an indian where in he suggests NZ play their games only against Bangladesh and Zimbabway and be thrown out of Test arena. For him I have these words, " go and check how long did it take india (over a billion population) to win a series in NZ (4 million population) in last 20 years". I wish Pakistan wins second test too as I am a pakistani but I wish NZ do a much better job than they did in the first test.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 18:55 GMT

    The main reason fo rthis loss is, dozen of talented players are left out or not even considered for the test squad for reasons only known to the selectors

  • POSTED BY m2pu on | January 10, 2011, 18:43 GMT

    I believe Pakistan team has turned the corner. Misbah has shown elegance both as a captain and as a batsman. He has performed consistently well, since he became captain. I hope he continues with his good work.

    In batting Azhar was the find of summer. Assad is the new find. They are not like Malik or Farhats of yesterday. Azhar is a digger and Assad has good temperament.

    Our bowling may be weak, but we manage to do without the frontline. Gul is good. Rehman played well (look at stats), Tanvir and Wahab are doing well.

    Pakistani fans and other want Pakistan to have a teenage team, full of talent, that will last. They want to see stars.

    Pakistan does well without stars. I would rather have Rehman at 30 do well than Kaneria at 20 something bowl very expensive and take no wickets. Besides, 30 is not advanced. Rehman has good 5 years in him and more, if he stays fit.

    h

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    We must be very straight in discussing the issue on hand. Not bashing other teams. For the interest of game. Any victory as long as it says W on the column is a good win by the team.

    NZ have to play ICC Championship with Other non test playing nations to gain their test playing status again. They must be removed from the elite test teams. Bangladesh can beat the crap out of NZ.

    Pak on the other hand to be honest tremendous effort, great morale boasting win without the trouble makers. Good Show.

    Coming to India and SA. The series is done and dusted except for the first day in the first test, the SA bowling in general was playable. Barring Steyn who had many such sessions rightfully the no 1 bowler. But, I believe it was a gutsy show by Ind away from home with absolutely zero from Shewag, the remainder of the team pulled thro.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 17:53 GMT

    The win against Newzealand was extraordinary given six key Pakistani players of Yuusuf, Kamran Akmal, Butt, Asif, Amir and Kaneria are not part of the squad. Pakistan even left out Kamran Akmal who on his test debut got a hundred against Newzealand last year. Additionally, Saeed Ajmal had to go home following death of his father. I accept Newzealand are not a strong test team but to be beaten by ten wickets within three days by an inexperienced Pakistan team was some achievement. This just shows there is more than sufficient talent in the country and with time these same players would be able to take on the best teams in the world provided PCB gets its house in order. I am looking forward to the second test and the seven ODIs. By the end of the Newzealand tour we will have some idea about the progress being made by the Pakistani team and their chance of winning the World Cup in 2011.

  • POSTED BY Raj91011 on | January 10, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    What it going on with NZ team-it look like amateur team-this does not look good for cricket world as there're less and less elite team left in cricket

  • POSTED BY cricinme on | January 10, 2011, 17:52 GMT

    No probs. NZ. They should also win once in a while. I am sure you will bounce back next match. Good luck.

  • POSTED BY Dhumper on | January 10, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    Test cricket has become very interesting lately because of the level playing field created by the fall of OZs. Now if you play badly in one session, you could loose a test match. And that goes for all the top 7 nations, barring Bangla and WI. India's # 1 ranking is inflated because of too many home games. A weak bowling attack that only clicks once in a while doesn't justify it either. SA and England are top sides because of their balance in batting as well as bowling. But on any given day, Pakistan, OZs, Indians and SriLankans can beat them and that's makes it such an interesting time to watch Test matches.

  • POSTED BY Rahulbose on | January 10, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    I am baffled by this NZL side. On paper they might be lacking in bowling but batting wise they should be doing fairly well. And yet every now and then they collapse on flat tracks.

  • POSTED BY afy147 on | January 10, 2011, 17:13 GMT

    Very good play from a very well balanced Pakistan team. Rehman Looks very good and is well supported by Gul and Wahab Riaz.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 16:16 GMT

    Well doen Pakistan, good result. However must remain focussed to win the next test match. We have many detrators of Pakistan on this forum. Mr Sehwagolist and Indians who said pointless series this has been may i remind you how India beat New Zealand at home, ha ha ha ha, how many double hundrerds were scored by New Zealand!! Wake up, you guys are suppose to be number 1 test playing nation. How can that be with a use less bowling attack!! Just returned from Cape Town Newlands, what a cowardly performance from the indian batsmen, could not bat against an attack who were a bowler short and a useless spin bowler in Harris, on a hot clear day! Come on England you can thrash this over rated team in England. I cant wait!

  • POSTED BY poderdubdubdub on | January 10, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    Dont forget its a make-shift Pak team under an aging captain, the bowling attack is not really that great, Pakistan desperately need Amir and asif. The batting is chronically weak, when was it when a Pak batsman score a century? Pakistan has no world class batsman at the moment. Therefore Pakistan should be in no illusions, they too have collapsed worse than the KIWI collapse, remember last summer in England? I wont be surprised if Pakistan collapse in Wellington. Best of luck to Pakistan anyway.

  • POSTED BY HawK89 on | January 10, 2011, 16:00 GMT

    Wrights right, things don't happen over night or else AUS would of replaced their coach. NZ will climb the ranks once the top team's players retire. I thought NZ had better batsmen than Pak, but Pak with second-choice bowlers broke NZ batting. I would like to see Amir playing, he would of made NZ make more history with lowest totals.

  • POSTED BY amir-test-cricket on | January 10, 2011, 15:59 GMT

    hhmmm i think one need not to worry much about these kinda days because pakistan has these days once in a while in which they will thrash any team . unfortunately it was kiwisthis time .

    i think we will have better cricket coming from kiwis in the 2nd test

  • POSTED BY AndyZaltzmannsHair on | January 10, 2011, 15:22 GMT

    Some harsh comments here. NZ are just going through a torrid patch. They still have 5-6 good players in their team and have to look to build around them. Yes the performance was disheartening in the second innings, but they weren't the only team to collapse this past month. Every team that has been playing recently has had a few collapses. It happens. Look to regroup and just focus on the basics. If you don't have the bowlers to attack batsmen then look to contain outside off stump, make the opposition work for it. As we saw when NZ played India, when they do the basics right they're still a decent, competitive team, though they lack one real strike bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    haha struggling but way too talented....They can disgrace any team at any day...

  • POSTED BY m2pu on | January 10, 2011, 14:37 GMT

    John Wright is an average coah. Just because he had success, while India was powered by Ganguly, Tendulkar, Dravid, Laxman etc in prime gets him zero credit.

    Wright has also been slightly biased, when it comes to subcontinent. It is great that Pakistan beat him, essentially with a brand new team and some second string players.

    New Zealand is not a test playing nation anymore. They should be degraded to 20/20 and one day status.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 14:14 GMT

    pakistan bowling is nothing right now we loss world 2nd ranking bowler Mohammad asif, umar gul had no place in test team 3mon before abdul rahman was not a test bowler our bowing line is 1)MOHAMMAD ASIF 2)MOHAMMAD AMIR 3)UMAR GUL 4)danish kaneeria

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    Terrible performance. With players like Taylor, Ryder, McCullum and Vettori, NZ should have at least put up a fight. Disastrous for NZ cricket as well- who the hell will want to watch their team get beat by a 2nd string Pak team?

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    tis is not good performance

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Tremendous effort by pakistanis but to be honest new zealand didnt play according to their level.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    john Plz you should choose correct words if you lose so accept losing you R wrong that against a struggling team Pakistan always count in big teams Thats reality and you should accept this.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | January 10, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Getting all out in a session against any team on a pitch that was not holding any demons is utterly disgraceful. Even the great coach John would find it tough to turn things around with this current bunch of players. New Zealand needs to unearth new talent pretty quickly before the team lose the support of fans.

  • POSTED BY klobania on | January 10, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    whatever kiwis say pakistan has outclassed them even without their first rated bowling attack well done pak

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    where is my comment???????

  • POSTED BY I.B.Jamin on | January 10, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    It was most definitely a disappointing 2nd innings,but Ryder got a jaffer as did vettori and the Taylor run out started the whole collapse off. I agree with John Wright they need batsmen willing to bat time and wear the bowlers down, Mark Richardson wasn't the greatest batsmen but he was gritty, tough and didnt give his wicket away cheaply, which is why he had a test average of about 44 i believe. But im guna stick with the boys through these hard times, they will be hard and its guna take time but i see some good potential in these young NZ players, lets just give them some time and support.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    well its the attitude that mattered. after a long period of time i have seen pakistan playing for win. on the other hand if u observe the body language of NZ players.... that was all to gether no supporting them.... well done Pakistan hope u win the next test match and ultimately Pakistan win a test series after 5 long long years.... they last won a test series way back in Nov 2006 against west indies.....go green go.....

  • POSTED BY zn264 on | January 10, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    It was a disgraceful effort! I think a key point in the match was Taylor dropping an easy slip catch, where are the players minds at the moment? On million dollar IPL contracts I imagine, but to be honest, they're playing like they are worth nothing more than an 8 day old spag bol you found at the back of the fridge.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Losing 10 wickets in one session against a struggling Pakistan is definitely an embarrassment. Full marks to Pakistan.

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  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 11:26 GMT

    Losing 10 wickets in one session against a struggling Pakistan is definitely an embarrassment. Full marks to Pakistan.

  • POSTED BY zn264 on | January 10, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    It was a disgraceful effort! I think a key point in the match was Taylor dropping an easy slip catch, where are the players minds at the moment? On million dollar IPL contracts I imagine, but to be honest, they're playing like they are worth nothing more than an 8 day old spag bol you found at the back of the fridge.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 12:47 GMT

    well its the attitude that mattered. after a long period of time i have seen pakistan playing for win. on the other hand if u observe the body language of NZ players.... that was all to gether no supporting them.... well done Pakistan hope u win the next test match and ultimately Pakistan win a test series after 5 long long years.... they last won a test series way back in Nov 2006 against west indies.....go green go.....

  • POSTED BY I.B.Jamin on | January 10, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    It was most definitely a disappointing 2nd innings,but Ryder got a jaffer as did vettori and the Taylor run out started the whole collapse off. I agree with John Wright they need batsmen willing to bat time and wear the bowlers down, Mark Richardson wasn't the greatest batsmen but he was gritty, tough and didnt give his wicket away cheaply, which is why he had a test average of about 44 i believe. But im guna stick with the boys through these hard times, they will be hard and its guna take time but i see some good potential in these young NZ players, lets just give them some time and support.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    where is my comment???????

  • POSTED BY klobania on | January 10, 2011, 13:07 GMT

    whatever kiwis say pakistan has outclassed them even without their first rated bowling attack well done pak

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | January 10, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Getting all out in a session against any team on a pitch that was not holding any demons is utterly disgraceful. Even the great coach John would find it tough to turn things around with this current bunch of players. New Zealand needs to unearth new talent pretty quickly before the team lose the support of fans.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    john Plz you should choose correct words if you lose so accept losing you R wrong that against a struggling team Pakistan always count in big teams Thats reality and you should accept this.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    Tremendous effort by pakistanis but to be honest new zealand didnt play according to their level.

  • POSTED BY on | January 10, 2011, 13:53 GMT

    tis is not good performance