Sunday, September 13, 2009

Any Hope for New Zealand Batting ahead of ICC Champions Trophy 2009?

You already know that New Zealand got out of the ongoing Compaq Cup 2009 tournament in Sri Lanka. A big part of their poor show in the tri-nation tournament was their frustrating batting performance. New Zealand lost both of their matches- first to Sri Lanka and then to India, in the tournament and on both occasions, New Zealand got all out under 200. No doubt, it is a big worry for New Zealand ahead of upcoming ICC Champions Trophy 2009 which is all set to kick off from 22 September in South Africa.

The question I raised in the title of the article has become a big task to answer. To be honest, I am hopeful that New Zealand batsmen would be able to come back strongly in the eight-nation Champions Trophy and I am optimistic about their success.

First of all, New Zealand batsmen would find a familiar condition in South Africa because wickets in South Africa and New Zealand support the pacers. No doubt, Kiwi batsmen are accustomed to batting in bouncy and speedy wickets.

Moreover, New Zealand has some talented batsmen like Ross Taylor, Jesse Ryder, Brendeon McCullum, Elliot and Guptill. Getting back their form would not be a big deal for these skilled batsmen. Another thing is that New Zealand batsmen now know what their problem is and what they suffered for during Sri Lanka tour. Naturally, they would work hard in order to work out their problems by the time Champions Trophy 2009 starts.


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