On Thursday experienced New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori said that New Zealand would stick with their trusted and tried casual pre-match schedule rather than let the seriousness of Saturday’s World Cup fight against Australia submerge them.
Saturday’s International Cricket Council Cricket World Cup 2015 match between the World Cup co-hosts at Auckland’s Eden Park commits to be a high-voltage match, with two World Cup dark knights fighting for top position in Pool A, a finish which would mean they faced the comparatively weaker fourth and final qualifier from Pool B in the last eight.
Daniel Vettori was trying to keep a cover on all the puffery surrounding the game. On Thursday Daniel Vettori told reporters during a New Zealand practice session that the casual build-up has behaved pretty well for them. He does not think there will be much difference with the way they will go about things.
Daniel Vettori, who featured in New Zealand’s defeats by Sri Lanka in the last four of both the 2007 and 2011 editions said they will look forward to Saturday rather than panic it and also said that the left-arm spinner, who emphasized he had appeared in “bigger” matches than the latest trans-Tasman clash. Vettori, a veteran of 289 One Day Internationals, with 57 against Australia said that World Cup semi-finals are the biggest matches he has played in.
He further added that would not change the New Zealand strategy going into the match.
New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has won praised for his quality captaincy style and Daniel Vettori, himself a former captain, compared his captaincy style to that of Stephen Fleming who is one of New Zealand’s most-respected skippers.
When he was asked if he hoped to be on the receiving end of any sledging from Australia, Vettori answered: “In 18 years I can’t remember being sledged by an Australian team. I think the way it’s portrayed is not quite right. I think the guys will look forward to it.”