New Zealand news December 13, 2010

Vettori to remain New Zealand captain

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand are on one of their longest losing streaks, with 11 one-day defeats in a row, but the country's board has said that Daniel Vettori's position as captain is safe. NZC had called for improved performances after a 4-0 defeat to Bangladesh in October, and despite the continuing downslide in the team's performance, it has refrained from changing the captain.

"We need to go through a proper review and talk about what options there are to help the side improve," Justin Vaughan, the NZC chief executive, said, "but I'd be hard pressed to believe the captaincy would be one of those issues."

What was billed as the perfect World Cup build-up, with matches in each of the host countries, has turned into a disaster for New Zealand. The team failed to make the final in the tri-series in Sri Lanka in August and lost all matches in bilateral series against Bangladesh and India.

"I look back on this one-day tour [of India] as one of the worst tours for me as a New Zealand cricketer," Vettori said in Auckland. "That hurts a lot and it's embarrassing." He insisted, however, that there was no need for a new leader. "I enjoy doing the job, but if the team needs to move forward without me, then so be it. I don't think it's the right answer but there's a committee set up and I'm sure they'll make some decisions."

Former cricketers Martin Crowe and Shane Bond are among those on that committee, set up after the humiliating defeats to Bangladesh, to advise the board on promoting cricket at all levels - grassroots to elite - in New Zealand.

Mark Greatbatch's position as coach will be under scrutiny, and there have been calls for replacing him with former captain John Wright, who was successful during a four-year stint with India. "I understand people's desire to see him attached to the Black Caps because the New Zealand public loves John," Vaughan said. "He's had a proven international record and the Black Caps aren't travelling very well at the moment. But we are comfortable with the process we went with around the appointment of Mark and the way the team is operating with Roger [Mortimer, the NZC high-performance director] and the others."

Greatbatch, who took over in January, said he wanted to stay in charge at least until the World Cup. "If New Zealand Cricket decide that (sacking him) is the best way going forward I'd be happy with that," he said. "I'm still very keen. I came into this job with the World Cup in mind."

Later this month, New Zealand start a home series against Pakistan, which includes two Twenty20s, two Tests and six one-dayers, the final series for both teams before the World Cup.

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  • James on December 18, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    I think Nz have forgotten how to play one day circket because of too much 20/20 cricket of late. It seems ironic that we seem to have gotten beter at test cricket as a result. I dont think our low ranking in tests is deserved at the moment. I guess though its that we seldom win. A bit like the All Whites. If you look at a team like Australia though even in tests they are looking to score a lot faster than we do. The problem is that our batsmen get stuck in ruts and end up chewing up balls and then just get out which in my opinion is the worst thing particularly in ODI cricket. Its seldom someone who can justify doing that by scoring runs later on. Runs are what win you games, not dot balls. NZ batsmen get too creasebound, they need to move their feet, upset the bowlers rhythm. Keep the strike always ticking over. Form partnerships rather than individual scores. Block bash doesnt work. We have to learn to rotate the strike more, get the singles in between rather than glory shots.

  • maximus on December 14, 2010, 13:17 GMT

    Nothing to panic NZ. You have a very good chance of re-grouping now that you are playing Pak, a team in doldrums, at your own venue. Give it your best shot and you are assured of a semi final spot in the world cup.

  • Raj on December 14, 2010, 5:54 GMT

    Funny how people forget that NZ did so well in the Tests. I don't remember India being stretched the way the Kiwis made us, other than by SAFs. You were way better than the Aussies, and you don't brag as much either!! I believe there is a huge amount of respect for the Kiwis in India. That you choose to look at your weak areas only increases our respect because it tells us that you have the right attitude, rather than bragging about the strong points. Good luck and keep the self criticism in balance.

  • Sunil on December 14, 2010, 5:40 GMT

    This kiwi team shouldnt press the panic button just yet.Ryder back in the squad,a lower middle order of Oram/Franklin/Vettori,the likes of Guptill and Mcullum to open the innings,Taylor recapturing some form,and brother Neil showed he had the skills on the slow pitches in India.A back to fitness Tuffey,with Southee and Mills should combine to make the Kiwis a force to reckon with.

  • Vikram on December 14, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    congrats to the NZC on not doing an Australian-style knee jerk reaction. All they need is some time off of cricket and they should be in good stead for the World Cup.

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    Jeepers some knee-jerk jerk comments...

    Apart from a bit of minor tinkering we are close to our best team, forget about blooding new players from HRV cup - completely different level of cricket. Vettori has to stay as Captain - noone else comparable for the job. Greatbach is the only one who should face the ax, but only if there is someone ideall suited to take over - ie J.Right, Rixon...not just another average coach. Else keep Greatback till end of World Cup.

    Out of form and lacking confidence - its been horrible to watch, but can change in an instant and will likely do so at home on our turf against the Pakis. We could well be firing by the World Cup with this group of players. I would rather see us get hammered in India and Bangladesh prior to the World Cup than it happen at the World Cup.

    Worst thing possible we can do is panic - and wholesale changes are panic.

    Keep cool eveyone!

  • Mudassar on December 14, 2010, 4:49 GMT

    @sri1ram; how many ODI & tests serieses india have won against NZ in NZ??? first check the stats then compare india and other teams!

  • we_are_the_warriors on December 14, 2010, 4:18 GMT

    Whoever said that Ryder should be captain needs their head read... Seriously, as if we don't have enough problems with New Zealand cricket already... There is no one standing up and ready to take over from Dan Vettori at present.. Even if we lost 25 one dayers in a row, there is no one else who could possibly be captain...

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    It's pretty funny that people are already calling for guys like Milne and Noema-Barnett to be selected. Newsflash people, the reason Southee has gone downhill is because he was selected far too early and overcoached into the ground, let's not do that to one of the most destructive young batsmen and the quickest bowler in the country.

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2010, 22:59 GMT

    I can see some balance in the top of the batting order is needed. Ryder, Taylor and Franklin need to be nearer the top order ie. 2, 3 and 4. They have proven they can develop an innings then put the motor on when needed. McCullum and Guptil can hit out early- and should play their natural games. There have been too many changes in this area.

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