Or so says Andy Caddick, I wonder Andrew, was this observation made after
you were dropped?
From the NZPA via Stuff:
Discarded England pace bowler Andrew Caddick has added spice to the third
one-day cricket international here tomorrow by rating his team a better man
for man unit than New Zealand.
England go into the day-night match at McLean Park battling to keep pace
with New Zealand in all three disciplines of the game after the 155-run loss
in Wellington last Saturday which saw them go 0-2 down in the five-match
A confident New Zealand side are looking to finish off the series on a pacy
pitch here then look to a repeat of their 5-0 whitewash of the West Indies
at home two years ago.
Caddick, who was dropped for the second match after a pedestrian start to
the tour, is unlikely to play again tomorrow as the English selectors favour
Yorkshire's Matthew Hoggard.
While New Zealand had their moments in Christchurch and were helped by a
limp England batting collapse, the flat tourists had no answer to the home
side in Wellington.
It was difficult to see them recovering but the noises from the England camp
suggest they will respond to a familiar position.
"We are a funny side who seem to have made a career out of starting slowly
and coming back . . . it means that we can come back at New Zealand,"
Caddick wrote in his newspaper column.
"On paper, player for player, we are a better side. We have better
individual players. We have allowed them to beat us."
It was an interesting assessment but one which will be tested tomorrow as
England have their last chance to get back on track.
Marcus Trescothick should take the wicketkeeping gloves again and is under
pressure to perform with the bat after dual failures. He topped the averages
in India when England recovered to square the recent series 3-3.
Allrounders Paul Collingwood and Craig White also need to match the deeds of
their New Zealand counterparts Andre Adams and Chris Cairns, with Adams the
star of the series so far.
Trescothick yesterday said there was no panic in the England side, only
mystery as to why they had started the series so slowly.
One suggestion was they were enjoying the comforts of New Zealand too much
after three consecutive subcontinent tours. It was something Trescothick
didn't rule out.
"It's something we're trying to work out ourselves. It was a hectic tour of
India, everything was a lot different to what we've seen here," he said.
New Zealand had a two-hour training session in the Napier sun yesterday
while England went for the same time but concentrated mainly on fielding.
Dropped catches, missed run outs and slow chasing have made them look far
inferior to their opponents.
One of the Black Caps' best, Lou Vincent, was surprised at England's efforts
on Saturday but said his team were wary of writing them off.
"They're definitely a way better team than that, and I wouldn't be
surprised, being a desperate game for them, that they'll come out and apply
themselves a lot more," Vincent said.
"We're stoked with the way we're playing, and once you're on a winning roll
you don't want to stop it. It feels good, and we're definitely keen to knock
it over on Wednesday."
While the pressure has gone on England captain Nasser Hussain and coach
Duncan Fletcher to lift their side, New Zealand coach Denis Aberhart had
little motivational work to do.
He labelled Saturday's victory as one of the team's most satisfying in his
time in charge. With such an experienced core of players he was needing to
have little motivational input.
"In Wellington the guys came out and put the gameplan into place for pretty
much the entire game.
"The players know pretty well what's expected of them. They're experienced,
they know what their role is and they know when a wicket falls they need to
establish another partnership."
Aberhart wouldn't confirm whether speedster Ian Butler, 20, would play here,
but it seems likely he will replace batsman Brendon McCullum at a ground
renowned for its pacy pitch.
New Zealand (from): Stephen Fleming (captain), Nathan Astle, Chris Nevin,
Brendon McCullum, Craig McMillan, Chris Cairns, Lou Vincent, Chris Harris,
Andre Adams, Daniel Vettori, Daryl Tuffey, Ian Butler.
England (from): Nasser Hussain (captain), Marcus Trescothick, Nick Knight,
Graham Thorpe, Michael Vaughan, Owais Shah, Paul Collingwood, Andrew
Flintoff, Craig White, Ben Hollioake, Ashley Giles, Matthew Hoggard, Darren
Gough, James Foster, Andrew Caddick, Jeremy Snape.