New Zealand’s former bowling great Sir Richard Hadlee has heaped praises on the new ball bowling pair of Tim Southee and Trent Boult. Hadlee said that the two dynamic pacers complement each other well, and being pacers of different types, they bowl exceedingly well in tandem. The Kiwi legend also said that the new ball pair was the best ever for New Zealand. Hadlee even said that middle order batsman Kane Williamson would undoubtedly go on to become the nation’s most successful batsman of all time.
“I think I can confidently stand here and say without doubt that that combination will be, if it’s not already, the most successful bowling combination in the history of New Zealand cricket,” Hadlee said. “To work in tandem as they do, they will put a lot of pressure on any batting line-up, anywhere in the world in any conditions.”
Praising the consistent Williamson, Hadlee said, “I think Kane Williamson will be our best ever batsman by the time he finishes his career.” “The fact that by this stage he’s scored ten Test centuries at 24 years of age, and in the history of the game only six players have scored ten Test centuries by the age of 25. That includes the likes of Sir Donald Bradman, Sir Garfield Sobers and Sachin Tendulkar. So he’s in very good company.”
“Technically he’s very good, he just has a desire to occupy the crease and score runs. Taylor is a fine batsman averaging 45, McCullum can be very destructive, and you can’t underestimate the likes of BJ Watling, the New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman, who is averaging 40 himself. Neesham is averaging 43.”
Hadlee also added that the current New Zealand setup was a very entertaining one, as well as a strong one. “When you look at the run-making potential in the side, they can put runs on the board and you’ve got bowlers who can get wickets. This is a very capable side, it’s a confident side, and they’re playing a good, bright, brand of cricket. Attacking, entertaining, and at times high risk, but that can bring great rewards as well. It’s a very, very good side.”
Admitting to the challenge of defeating Australia at their home, Hadlee said, “It is difficult to win here,” he said. “We’ve only won three Test matches in our history here in Australia – the Gabba here in 1985, then Perth in ’85, and then four years ago in Hobart, where Doug Bracewell got his career-best of 6 for 40. It is difficult to win here, simply because you’re playing Australia in Australia, conditions vastly different here than what they are in New Zealand.”
“Hopefully these guys can take some lessons from what went on in the past and the bowlers get in there and get their lines and their lengths right and not go searching. If you go searching and you miss your target you concede runs. Good old-fashioned basic fast bowling … That hasn’t changed in the history of the game. If you put the ball in the right place and do a bit with it, you’re going to challenge batsmen and batsmen can make mistakes,” Hadlee concluded.