Is Kiwi cricket more advanced than Australian cricket?

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    Two series, two completely different sets of results and two different sets of wickets. It is a truism of cricket that teams have to accept what is dished up to them in the way of the wicket/pitch, and do their best.

    In New Zealand, England would have had no quibbles had they lost any of the Tests they played against the Black Caps, because all three tracks were belters and, while they provided draws, perhaps the weather was the only thing standing between New Zealand and an amazing series win against the Poms.

    2-0 would have been a fitting series result, but alas, time, weather and Matt Prior stood between them and victory twice.

    It must be heart breaking for Brendan McCullum and his squad to accept they came within millimetres of a series win against the might of England. But equally they know they were the better team in the series.

    Okay so the Poms were without Graham Swann and Kevin Pietersen for much of the Series, and yes Tim Bresnan was absent too, but New Zealand unearthed all kinds of stable individuals with bat and ball who handled everything England could throw at them.

    Coach Mike Hesson has presided over a turbulent Christmas and pre-Christmas with Ross Taylor relieved of the captaincy, a move John Buchanan fought strongly.

    But New Zealand Cricket and Buchanan have weathered the storm, and right now they could justifiably say they are as competitive as the Australian cricket team on their own wickets, and perhaps on ours.

    Buchanan is only a much maligned identity in Shane Warne’s mind. New Zealand Cricket CEO David White and Buchanan (and Martin Crowe) haven’t always seen eye to eye either, but compared to Warney’s avalanche lately, it is storm in a teacup.

    The Ross Taylor affair split New Zealand cricket, not least because of Taylor’s failure to provide a win in Sri Lanka and because the team totalled 47 in one innings in South Africa on Taylor’s watch.

    Watching that match, it seemed a hellishly harsh call to relieve Taylor of his duties, but Hesson, the board and the selectors stuck to their guns, and look what has happened.

    Hesson massaged McCullum into the captain’s role, placated Taylor, and the Kiwis have looked like an amazingly resurgent side. Buchanan has gotten used to the idea and Crowe has to eat crow in terms of the results, and they and other prominent New Zealand critics have accepted that Hesson and McCullum have the situation under tight control.

    It’s been a wholly liberating and binding Test series for the Kiwis, and a great thing for world cricket.

    Interestingly, New Zealand captains are not selectors.

    The bowlers have been magnificent. Kane Williamson took 4/44 in reducing England to 9/315 and came within a bee’s proboscis of an historic victory over the Mother Country.

    But Trent Boult, Neil Wagner, Bruce Martin, Tim Southee and Doug Bracewell have been awesome in this series on flat and largely unhelpful tracks, and the fact there are several other quicks and several talented bats waiting to see action for New Zealand points to a fabulous period for their cricket.

    Dan Vettori is close to a comeback. Jessie Ryder is at Weightwatchers. And Buchanan keeps bringing up names that produce on the field, merely by the exposure to Hesson’s no nonsense system. At 38, he is what cricket is – a young man’s game.

    Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Williamson and McCullum have provided an absolute welter of runs in this series against the likes of Stuart Broad, James Anderson, Monty Panesar and Steven Finn.

    Taylor looked great and Dean Brownlie got in behind the quicks with great courage. DJ Watling is more than a fair keeper.

    And McCullum led from the front, scored runs, played hurt and did everything a captain should.

    Contrast that with the tale of woe Australia left behind from the Indian tour and one can easily see who is on a high.

    I can’t account for how much credit Buchanan should get in NZ. Crowe sings his praises and they both wanted Taylor to continue to captain, but the shakeup resulted in the right man taking the reins on the field and the team benefitted hugely as a consequence.

    That the identities have accepted the Taylor Affair and moved on is a great thing, and I dare say we will be hearing a lot more about the Black Caps under McCullum.

    Under Buchanan, Hesson and McCullum and with the six selectors on the same page, all is rosy, droughts aside.

    If an Aussie can get a guernsey in the Land of the Long White Cloud, then surely a South African can coach Australia to a resurgence. We will wait and see!

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    • March 27th 2013 @ 5:45am
      Saad said | March 27th 2013 @ 5:45am | ! Report

      Yes! Kiwi cricket is more
      advanced than
      Australian cricket.

    • March 27th 2013 @ 5:55am
      Johnno said | March 27th 2013 @ 5:55am | ! Report

      You bet ya it is kiwi better at cricket and other sports. kiwi population of 4.5 million smaller than NSW, are better than the aussies 22 milion inmmost sports now

      rugby union- world champions
      rugby league-world champions
      cricket- better test team, and did better at the ODI world cup than Australia, NZ made the semi-finals we were bundled out in the quarter finals
      field hockey – womens team better
      Netball- equal probably kiwis too
      soccer- well very close to call very even, heck there Olympic team made the Olympics, and didn’t lose one match at the men’s world cup.

      • Roar Guru

        March 27th 2013 @ 6:06am
        peeeko said | March 27th 2013 @ 6:06am | ! Report

        just checked the world rankings and NZ are ranked 8th in both ODI and tests, way bellow Australia. 1 decent series does not make you a good team
        in rugby league Australia have won 12 of their last 14 encounters against the kiwis
        according to the FIFA rankings Australia are ranked 39 in football and NZ are ranked 88

        • March 27th 2013 @ 9:36am
          Paul said | March 27th 2013 @ 9:36am | ! Report

          Australia may not even qualify for the next FIFA World Cup based on last night’s performance, while NZ may just need to win a 2-legged playoff against Honduras.

    • March 27th 2013 @ 6:01am
      Jerry said | March 27th 2013 @ 6:01am | ! Report

      Well the weather probably saved NZ more in the 2nd test than it did England in the first, so I don’t really see how 2-0 would have been a fair result. And Doug Bracewell hasn’t been anything in this series, let alone being awesome.

      Let’s not get ahead of ourselves, it was a good series but NZ cricket isn’t out of the woods. We still don’t have a genuine strike bowler or a spinner who can turn the ball and other than Williamson, our top order bats all have technical deficiencies.

      • March 27th 2013 @ 6:40am
        Ra said | March 27th 2013 @ 6:40am | ! Report

        Well done Jerry. Keep it humble, but we’ve got to celebrate the small things and let the big stuff look after themselves. We guts it out, the little Chihuahua with needle sharp teeth on a little group of islands in the southern seas stood up to the might of the slobbering British bulldog. Yes we took some embarrassing thrashings recently. We weathered it in the South Africa Test series, then found our feet in the shorter form, celebrated that and stood up to the Poms on home soil – so celebrate boys, because we’ve got to now go over to their kennel and scrap it out again to prove it was no fluke. The thing about getting a good hiding is that you do a good self review and make changes. We did, the Aussies well and the Poms will see this drawn series as a loss, and they won’t like that at all. Expect the big Pome stiff upper lip when you get up there chaps – what ! We might catch them napping because the hungry bulldog might have his eye on a good leg of Kangaroo, and the Ashes, a better cut than the scrawny Kiwi.

    • March 27th 2013 @ 6:32am
      richard said | March 27th 2013 @ 6:32am | ! Report

      It’s just so good to see NZ competitive for a change,instead of roadkill which they have been for what seems forever.

      On the game,we had our chances but didn’t take them.The two dropped catches,particularly off Matt Prior proved costly.Good to see we may have some openers and if we can shore up the lower order we could have the makings of a good team.Oh,and a world class spinner wouldn’t go astray.

      This tour will only prove itself if this team continues to improve,and doesn’t revert back to its old ways.

    • March 27th 2013 @ 7:42am
      Robert said | March 27th 2013 @ 7:42am | ! Report

      The kiwis really know how to get excited about draws.2010 soccer WC now this series.God forbid they actually win something other than union

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    • March 27th 2013 @ 9:31am
      amateur hour said | March 27th 2013 @ 9:31am | ! Report

      Oh Robert, you just got owned!

      All in good fun though right? right? DH!

      • Roar Guru

        March 27th 2013 @ 3:30pm
        SandBox said | March 27th 2013 @ 3:30pm | ! Report

        it’s always amusing to observe two drooling illiterates wallow in self-congratulation
        Right? Right? GFY!

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