New Zealand news October 28, 2010

Blunt Greatbatch blasts New Zealand

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand's coach Mark Greatbatch has delivered a candid verdict on the efforts of his players in Bangladesh, declaring that they "played like d****". Greatbatch was also scathing of the top order, suggesting that some of the batsmen simply weren't good enough, and that it was "inexcusable" to lose 4-0 to Bangladesh.

New Zealand play India in a three-match Test series that begins in Ahmedabad next Thursday. Although the format is different, Greatbatch hopes his players can use the Tests to regain some form and pride after the Bangladesh debacle, which resulted in meetings between senior New Zealand Cricket officials and team management.

"When you play badly like that you've got to front up," Greatbatch told LiveSPORT. "It's very devastating. We played like d**** really and I suppose there's one positive thing, we've got a chance next week to actually put it right.

"I think some [of the top order] aren't good enough. I think some think they are better than they are and the third one I think is the mind. We've got to get our mind right and sometimes that requires patience, sometimes it requires being aggressive. What it requires is actually sorting out the cricket smarts and weighing up the situation that you're playing in and we've got some work to do in all those areas."

Part of their plan to address the top-order problems, in the longer format at least, is for Brendon McCullum to move up into the top three for next week's Test. McCullum made 86 in his four ODI innings in Bangladesh and he said it was to be expected that the players would come under the microscope following the disappointing tour.

"I guess when you lose 4-0 in Bangladesh you can't come home and expect a parade," McCullum told the Dominion Post. "We didn't play well and we've just got to cop it sweet. There's no point in crying into your beer about it. You've just got turn the page and move on to the next tour. As long as we learn some lessons it'll probably be good for us. It could be the best or worst thing that could happen."

Following the Ahmedabad Test, New Zealand travel to Hyderabad and Nagpur, and Greatbatch said given India's strong record at home two draws from the series would be a good result. After the Tests there is a five-match ODI series, before the players fly back to New Zealand for a short break before taking on Pakistan at home.

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  • Mayuresh on November 1, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    Earlier at almost every WC (in past 2 decades or so) NZ was a team to watch out for as they had the potential to upset the favorites and were considered to have a shot at WC title if things fall in place for them.... unfortunately things never fell as expected by NZ. Now it seems NZ have been displaced from that position and Bangladesh would be the ones who are in that spot where every team no matter how strong it is will look out at Bangladesh as a dark horse.

  • Vanbert on October 31, 2010, 8:09 GMT

    Only bhaloniaz makes any iota of sense on this comments section.

  • Mosaddekur on October 30, 2010, 22:11 GMT

    @third_gear I am a Bangladeshi and feels proud to see the tigers are winning. But, it doesn't make us something that we claim out of emotion. Emotion is a good element to move forward and sometimes it makes impossible thing a possible one. Still you need to bring your gear at least one step down to 2nd gear to claim something realistic. Don't claim anything beyond imagination of general people and keep it within yourself if any.

  • Javed on October 30, 2010, 13:50 GMT

    @third_gear. May your world conquering country of Bangladesh win the next five Worldcups. As long as Bangladesh has talent like you, there is a hope that they will host CW games after 150 years.

  • niaz on October 30, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    When Bangladeshi batsmen perform poorly, they say, bangladesh cricket is a joke. When Bangladesh wins occasionally against india, pakistan, they say it is fixed. When Bangladesh beats england or troubles australia, they say it was a fluke. When Bangladesh wins against NZ or WI, they come out and say how bad Bangladesh is. The whole article is about Greatbatch's comments on NZ, not Bangladesh. I donot understand how people come out to bash Bangladesh's weakness when they just whitewashed NZ. Why donot we look at ourselves in the mirror how little we look when we are mean. Its not about who won or who lost. Its a game. Only a handful of teams (Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Italy, England, Uruguay, France, Holland) had any real success in first 70 years of world cup soccer. No team from Asia or Africa has no real chance. Nobody comes out and say we would not watch Brazil vs Aus. These crickinfo bullies of weaker cricket teams ( WI, Bang, Zim) lost the purpose of sports and its spirit.

  • scott on October 29, 2010, 22:18 GMT

    as a pround kiwi i think what mark said was the absolute truth. he may of not dressed it up in a politicially correct way but our team is full of potential that we are not making thew most of. its just a shame that a guy like mark gets slammed for speaking his mind

  • Enamul on October 29, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    @Bangla_Bonner : Ha Ha Ha ,in hundred/thousand years history India has got the chance for fisrt time n see the way they act,like its happening everyday,it happens when begger become rich suddenly .. funny very funny,. Even bdesh host after 150 yrs but will make sure SNAKE,MONKEY,DONKEY,DOG,COW does not affect the participants.

  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2010, 21:12 GMT

    Bangladesh are improving thats a clear sign

    every now and then they reduce a so called strong team to pulp so there are no surprises

    Tiger is no more a cub.Its teeth are growing

  • Arun on October 29, 2010, 20:57 GMT

    @third_gear: Since you want stats, here it is. Ban made its ODI debut in March 1986, 10 yrs after SRL. But I suppose your thorough study of statistics missed that point. That was 24 years ago, wasn't it? Today, almost 15 yrs after SRL's famous world cup victory, when they had champion players like Vaas, Murali, D'Silva etc. and a new brigade in Mahela and Sangakkara, what have Bangladesh to show for their troubles? Zilch. The only decent prospect you had was Ashraful and look at him now. SRL got test status because they were beating good teams in ODIs. Ban got test status because the BCCI needed someone to vote on their side against ECB/CA/NZC. However, no self-respecting team would accept to lose to them 4-0 as a fair result, and only a self-deluding supporter would mistake this as the performance of a champion team. But hey, whatever makes you happy man. Ban is a great side and Tamim is the next Ponting.

  • North on October 29, 2010, 19:02 GMT

    @redbacks, lol well said. cant wait for bdesh to host cw games which is going to happen very soon, like in the next 150 years mm cant say actualy never..

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