New Zealand v Pakistan, 2nd Test, Wellington January 14, 2011

Wright calls for disciplined batting

ESPNcricinfo staff

John Wright, the New Zealand coach, has asked for more discipline from his misfiring batsmen ahead of the second and final Test against Pakistan which starts on Saturday. New Zealand had folded for 110 in the second innings of the first Test in Hamilton and lost by ten wickets.

"We've got to try and get that top order functioning better," Wright said. "Whatever we plan, and they're pretty simple plans, we've got to be disciplined enough to get the job done.

"There's no excuses. We don't need any explanations, if you're picked as a batter your job is to get runs. It's about occupying the crease and not giving your wicket away, it's not rocket science."

New Zealand's batting flopped on an almost subcontinental track in the first Test at Seddon Park, which was slow with not much bounce on offer. They will now have to get their act together on a Basin Reserve pitch that is expected to assist the seamers. "It looks pretty grassy," Wright said of the pitch for the second Test. "We wouldn't mind more sideways and bounce, it's good for us."

One change New Zealand are contemplating is bringing in allrounder James Franklin for opener Tim McIntosh, who has six single-digit scores in his previous eight Test innings. "I think whenever you get a player like James in terms of the all-round package it's a real advantage so you always try to fit that type of player in the team," the New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said. "With the likes of Jesse Ryder not bowling and Kane (Williamson) not bowling as well as we would have liked in the last test, then the addition of an allrounder could be beneficial, but we will find out later on."

Franklin hasn't played a Test in nearly two years but has turned in strong performances on the domestic circuit and in limited-overs for New Zealand.

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  • Philip on January 14, 2011, 19:55 GMT

    Funny that Bet365 has NZ with better odds for winning, I thought after last week's drubbing that Pakistan would be considered favourites. I'm certainly hoping that they can turn it around, but they've been playing so poorly as of late that it's best not to get expectations too high. Here's hoping lowering the expectations bring a pleasant surprise. In terms of averages, the NZ batsmen are capable-Ryder, McCullum, Williamson and Taylor are all potentially classy, the problem is they don't all fire very often. However, a couple of big scores from the top six can often lead to a good total, not everyone has to play superbly, but inconsistency is a problem. But good luck to the NZ players, us Kiwis want to see a home win.

  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2011, 17:47 GMT

    McIntosh did get a 100 against India 2 tests back and can stay at the crease but for the first 30+ runs he looks susceptible for the whole entire time. Franklin has to be there as NZ has lost the 2 allrounders in the team that they had in Oram and McCullum now not keeping so the side has been weakened significantly. Big shoes for franklin can he finally do it or is he going to be another matthew Sinclair...speaking of...??

  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2011, 13:45 GMT

    With due respect to New Zealand , I think getting white-washed to Bangladesh was the lowest that NZ could have reached . It really shows that NZ really got to improve on bringing consistency in their batting .

  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2011, 13:43 GMT

    You have to admit, Pakistan has performed really well under such controversial and uncertain conditions.

  • Powderdubdub on January 14, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    Pakistan better watch out its the Basin Reserve like pitches that Pakistan has been in trouble in past and had folded under a 100 at times. In the absence of Pakistan first choice bowling attack Kiwis have advantage, certainly Pakistan are underdogs here.

  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    About time they contemplate on getting rid of Mcintosh!

  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2011, 10:21 GMT

    batting while not a science is based on instinct, memory and reason...teh players must know how to play each an is the coaches job tobe serious and study how each and every batsman gets out...if they are not playing a particular bowler well or their strokes are inappropriate...that is the coaches job...homilies dont work...wright has to realize that the new zealand team needs more coaching than the indians and a middle order player cannot necessary be an opener...

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