New Zealand news December 14, 2010

Greatbatch willing to step down if asked

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mark Greatbatch, the New Zealand coach, has said he is willing to step down if asked, following a run of 11 successive defeats in ODIs. New Zealand Cricket will be conducting a comprehensive review of the team's performance, and Greatbatch's position could be under scrutiny, though the board has retained Daniel Vettori as captain.

"If it's in the best interests of New Zealand cricket to make a change, I'd accept that," Greatbatch said, upon his team's arrival in New Zealand from India, where it was beaten 5-0. "At the end of the day it is about us winning games and becoming better. We are struggling to find that consistency and if it's me, it's me."

Greatbatch, however, said his original tenure - which began in January this year - was until the 2011 World Cup and was keen to stay on until then. "I've been asked to do this job through to the World Cup and I'm committed to that."

Greatbatch said his main focus at the time of his appointment was batting. "In the public's eyes I'm the coach, but in reality I took the job as the batting coach and as a person to help Dan in other areas like selection and to take the load off him at times.

"I feel for Dan at the moment. He is pretty battered and bruised but he keeps going. He was ill in that last game, but he kept it to himself."

Though New Zealand had a bitter experience in the subcontinent in their preparation for the World Cup, with series defeats against Bangladesh and India, they have an opportunity to make amends against Pakistan at home. The teams play six ODIs as part of a full series, and a change in the batting order was one of the things Greatbatch was looking to try out.

"We had some plans for the one-day series in India but with Ryder going home injured we couldn't do it. He's open to it [batting down the order], it's not a foreign idea to him. I think he can do it. It's an older ball, he's a left-hander, he plays spin well and is a power player.

"We were also going to try Brendon [McCullum] down the order for a couple of games with a view to getting an idea what our best line-up is, but he was injured too for a while."

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  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    This reminds me of the old Indian team. There are quite a few people with good talent, but something is just missing. Like the commentators would say, "The New Zealand batsmen are not applying themselves." I hope they come out of this hole they have dug for themselves. They are not deserving of series whitewashes...

  • Dummy4 on December 14, 2010, 8:49 GMT

    Not such a great batch....hahahahahahahahah sorry mark sorry NZ

  • Amahl on December 14, 2010, 7:56 GMT

    I wouldn't put it on the coach as much as I would on the quality of the players coming for NZ. Unfortunately, following the retirements of greats such as Cairns, Astle, McMillan, Fleming, Bond et al. NZ have just struggled considerably to find international standard players and have encountered a great dearth of the same. The last couple of years has seen so many changes in the NZ line up and the inclusion of various players who are just not of international standard despite good domestic performances. Sinclair, Redmond, Watling, How, Fulton, McIntosh, Hopkins, Jeetan Patel and Tim Southee to name but a few. The remainder of the players who are international standard such as McCullum, Guptill, Vettori, Ryder, Taylor et al. are mostly (with the exception of Vettori) erratic and/or out of form. Had these players been in any other team, they would have been dropped a long time ago (McCullum particularly). Hopefully, a talent like Williamson indicates that NZ can unearth some good players

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