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No tour lead-up is the modern way - Wright

ESPNcricinfo staff

June 20, 2012

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John Wright will be relieved after his first game as New Zealand coach, New Zealand v Pakistan, 1st Twenty20, Auckland, December 26, 2010
John Wright hopes New Zealand won't be rusty for too long © Getty Images

John Wright, the New Zealand coach, has said that not having a proper build-up to a tour could be problematic but it was increasingly becoming the modern way. New Zealand will leave for the Caribbean on June 24 to play two Twenty20s in Florida, and five ODIs and two Tests in the West Indies. They have not had a formal camp prior to departure and will not have any warm-up games either before the limited-overs matches.

"That's the modern environment," Wright told the New Zealand Herald. "It is a little bit problematic. We'll be in Miami for about five days and we've really got to hit the ground running, and hope there are no hiccups. You just have to practice with a bit of purpose under good conditions and mentally you can do quite a lot."

New Zealand have not played since hosting South Africa in February and March, and Wright said he expected his side to make a rusty start against West Indies, because his players have had little time to practice as a unit. "There's a lot of cricket coming up for these boys so they'll go in fresh but they may be a bit rusty early on and we probably have to expect that.

"It's just the expectations of getting the mind ready to play, trusting yourselves, being positive and having confidence," he said. "Resources are tight and we've got to accept that and get on with it. We'll work together, fight hard and endeavour to get the right results."

New Zealand's fast bowlers, currently in Brisbane for a camp, are the only ones who have trained together before the tour. The batsmen have been doing their own thing, with Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson playing county cricket, Kruger van Wyk playing in Scotland and Dean Brownlie playing in Perth.

The tour of the Caribbean will be Wright's last as New Zealand coach and he hoped his tenure would finish well. After the West Indies, New Zealand will head to India in August, before playing the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September and touring South Africa in December.

Edited by Carlyle Laurie

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Posted by TheMightyBradburn on (June 20, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

@stonerose is right. This is an extraordinarily lax situation, whoever the blame lies with. It reminds me of the 1980s when NZ touring teams assembled only at the airport for departure, and even then they had warm-up matches once the tour had started. Also shows how much attitudes have changed in the last few years - when NZ last toured WI ten years ago there was much angst when the only warm-up match got rained off, now they don't even schedule one.

Posted by   on (June 20, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

@stonerose. Its not like John Wright can change the schedule.

Posted by StoneRose on (June 20, 2012, 9:45 GMT)

Village cricket attitude. England have shown the benefits of preparation. Not like they are tired - they have had 4 months off!

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