New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2012-13 October 26, 2012

New Zealand have enough talent to win - Oram

New Zealand have not enjoyed much success in 2012 so far, with defeats to South Africa, West Indies and India, and a Super Eights exit from the World Twenty20. They are determined to make amends on their five-week tour of Sri Lanka, and, according to allrounder Jacob Oram, are confident of doing so.

"We are not here to lose and we are not here to just make up the [numbers], we want to win," Oram told reporters in Colombo on Friday. "If we play well we are confident that we can win. We do appreciate that Sri Lanka is a very good side in their home conditions and more than a match for us at times, but we have enough talent.

"We come with young guys who have played only a handful of matches, and experienced ones with the likes of me, Kyle Mills, Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum. We are hoping to balance our team with a bit of both. We've got to make sure the talent comes out at the right time."

Another senior man in the squad, James Franklin, said that most of his team-mates are familiar with conditions in Sri Lanka and this could come in handy. "Our last trip here was a few weeks ago [for the World T20], and the temperature and humidity hasn't changed much. We are reasonably familiar with the grounds here.

"We play the first couple of games in Pallekele, where we were based during the World T20. It might take the new guys a few days to get used to conditions, but for the majority is a bit of a groundhog day being back in Sri Lanka."

Sri Lanka, meanwhile, will enter a new era with Angelo Mathews the new man at the helm in the shortest format. Mathews will face a bit of a challenge to begin with, as Sri Lanka are without two of the team's lynchpins - Mahela Jayawardene and Lasith Malinga - for the one-off Twenty20.

"The selectors wanted to give these two cricketers a rest. Their absence from the team is a big loss but with the squad I have been given, I am confident we can win," Mathews said. "Working under Mahela [Jayawardene] is a big learning curve because he is the best captain Sri Lanka has ever had. It is a privilege to be his vice-captain.

"The selectors thought that I was ready for it [the captaincy] so they gave me the job. I am excited."

The one-off Twenty20 on October 30 will be followed by five ODIs and two Test matches.

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  • Dummy4 on October 29, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    mahela is not the best , its Arjuna..mahela is great but he didn`t won us the 2007WC,2012 WC and CB throphy when we should have

  • Yohan on October 28, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    Well good luck to our team under Angie . hope guys would do well . But Arjuna (not Mahela) is the best captain for SL for me . Good luck to Kiwi team too, who r always a hardworking team .

  • Chatty on October 27, 2012, 16:21 GMT

    Mahela the best captain SL has had? No way. Arjuna is the best captain, by far. Mahela is smart, professional, well organised. But Arjuna had ruthlessness and was a winner. Mahela unfortunately has not won any big matches for SL. The biggest recent success SL had was the test match win in South Africa. But that was under Dilshan, not Mahela. I am not saying that Mahela is a bad captain. He has done a lot of good things for the team. But the best he is not because the best always have to be winners.

  • carl on October 27, 2012, 13:38 GMT

    Looking forward to seeing how latham and milne go. hope they get some gametime. yeah bring back rhyder

  • Shamalka on October 27, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Come on Joes! We're proud of you Angi!!

  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    Drop Oram?? he was jointing leading wicket taker during the SLPL (so hes pretty familiar and handy with SL conditions) and easily the standout bowler for the tournament with a crazy economy rate. If thats not reason enough to pick him for a tour of SL i dont know what is. Its not like we have much to choose from in the way of world class players.

  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2012, 19:33 GMT

    Our best chance to win is to DROP ORAM. How 2.5yrs of not performing and he still gets picked. Bring back Ryder NOW. Poor team selection (and bad captaincy) is the bane of NZC in 2012

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