New Zealand tour of Bangladesh and India 2010 September 17, 2010

Vettori welcomes ideal World Cup preparation

Cricinfo staff

Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, believes the tours of Bangladesh and India in October and November will give his team an advantage over other overseas sides during the World Cup in the subcontinent early next year.

"We are going to get the best possible warm-up and any game time in the subcontinent is going to make a huge difference to our chances in the World Cup," Vettori was quoted as saying in the ICC's audio show.

New Zealand have not made a World Cup final but have been semi-finalists five times. Vettori, however, was optimistic about his team's chances in 2011. "There is some growing confidence within the team that we can win it but we know there is a lot of work to do between saying we can win it and actually doing it.

"For the New Zealand team, to win the World Cup would be the ultimate achievement. I know the preparations are going pretty well. The fact we have been to Sri Lanka, we're going to Bangladesh soon and then we play some one-dayers in India gives us the best preparation leading into such an important tournament."

New Zealand play five ODIs against Bangladesh in Mirpur with the first one on October 5. They then play three Tests and five ODIs in India. The first Test begins on November 4 in Ahmedabad.

The last time the World Cup was held in the subcontinent in 1996, New Zealand reached the quarterfinal, which they lost to Australia. But Vettori said the balance of the current side will make them challenging opponents. "I think we have some world-class players from the top of our order with Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor. We have some real experience with Scott Styris, and hopefully Kyle Mills and myself can lead a bowling attack that has a little bit of experience and some real talent.

New Zealand play five of their six World Cup league games in India, and the other in Sri Lanka.

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  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    As all of you kow the next world is to be held in India that,s why I believe that new zealand players must start their preparations from today onwards and they must pay more attention towards spin bowling as most of the indian pitchs are made keeping in mind the spin bowlers

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    @sahil, pretty sure we made the CT final last year and won it in 2000.

  • Tricky on September 17, 2010, 19:09 GMT

    @Polleyhs NZ won the ICC Knockout in 2000

  • Bryn on September 17, 2010, 16:33 GMT

    kiwis could meet aus in the final. that would be awesome

  • bilal on September 17, 2010, 15:37 GMT

    kiwis will never win any ICC event

  • Dylan on September 17, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    Well I think they have a great chance, it's a solid team with a lot of spirit. It will all come down to who is better on the day, that goes for nearly every team participating. It looks like quite the even playing field...

  • Darryn on September 17, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    Let's just hope when Vettori talks of a world class top order in Jesse Ryder, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor he doesn't plan on intending to play Martin Guptill at three. Guptill's a good player don't get me wrong but he's a terrible number three (as you can see by his record) That's the only downside of McCullum and Ryder opening, players like Watling and Guptill have nowhere else to bat when Ryder and McCullum could play in mutiple positions. Really hoping they give Kane Willimson a decent run in this side, he's the best number three in the country so play him there.

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    The Kiwis are a good side, but they choke at the semi final stage always. I personally believe that the last one in the WI was their best chance to win the cup given that their side had a good balance then. This time round, the only names that come to your mind whne you think of NZ are Vettori and Taylor, other than that no one really. For the Kiwis to win, it will take a miracle of sorts.

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