New Zealand v Australia, 2nd ODI, Wellington December 8, 2005

Vincent maintains Australia are beatable

Cricinfo staff

Lou Vincent believes New Zealand have done enough to prove Australia are beatable © Getty Images
Lou Vincent, the New Zealand opener, believes that New Zealand have helped shatter Australia's aura of invincibility, following yesterday's thriller in the second one-day match at Wellington.

New Zealand's heart-breaking two-run loss last night - in which electric fielding from Australia in the last over triggered a frenetic finale - has not deterred Vincent, who hit a rapid 71 to give his side a manic start as they began to chase a seemingly improbable 323 for victory. Speaking to, Vincent commented on what he saw as vulnerability in the Australians. "You put pressure on any good players and you can create opportunities," he said. "You get a couple of full tosses and away you go."

Vincent was referring to Brett Lee, the fast bowler who conceded 85 runs, 19 of which came in the 49th over. Daniel Vettori, captaining New Zealand in the absence of the indisposed Stephen Fleming, echoed Vincent's sentiments. "It was a pretty emphatic turnaround, I couldn't ask for too much more in terms of the way we played Brett Lee," Vettori said. "We talked about facing Lee and what we were going to do and guys went away and worked on their own things. Lou obviously decided to take it to them and he played exceptionally well."

Earlier, Andrew Symonds' blistering 156 from 127 balls had taken Australia to a huge total, but spirited displays from New Zealand's lower order took them agonizingly close. New Zealand's final score of 320 was the fourth-highest second innings total in one-day international history.