Cricket: NZ confident of good show, praise coach Wright's efforts

United News of India

Chennai, February 14, 2011

New Zealand cricketers have expressed confidence in their new coach and former Kiwi captain John Wright, who knows the "conditions in the sub- continent" like the back of his hand, for the 2011 World Cup.

In a session with the media after a hard work-out at the nets at the M A Chidambaram stadium where the Kiwis will take on India in a warm-up game on Wednesday, they were all praise for John Wright the former India coach and his deep knowledge and experience with the Indian cricket to help them win the World Cup.

Hoping to bury the unforgettable experience of losing their ODI series against Pakistan and India late last year, Kiwi vice-captain Ross Taylor, opening batsmen Brandon Mc Cullum, Scott Styris and Martin Guptill hoped that Wright could spur the turn around for them in this World Cup.

Styris dwelt on the impact on batsmen Wright has already brought about since taking over as the coach. Taylor said that the veteran had reposed faith in the players and hopefully they could make it come true in this competition.

"We have the ability to win the Cup. We have beaten all the big sides before. This is an opportunity for us to prove to the world we have the best talent," Taylor said.

Styris said, "Wright is always relaxed and focused. I think the batsmen have benefited a lot from him. He has given them clarity and focus."

Taylor also pointed out that Wright was very passionate about being a New Zealander, and has worked hard with the players since joining the team.