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

Wright urges patience after crushing defeat

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Daniel 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

  • M 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………..!

  • nirmal 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 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!

  • nirmal 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!

  • Mohammad 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 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 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

  • Huzaifah 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 !! :/

  • Stark 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!

  • Dummy4 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.......

  • maximus 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.

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