Monday, 6 February 2017

Even without a Williamson special, Kiwis can still hand out a caning

Australia flew across the Tasman nine days ago feeling good about the prospect of success and head home (or to Dubai) on the end of a two-nil defeat, having been at times comprehensively outplayed. Both sides fought hard throughout two matches in which the fortunes swung like a pendulum, however it was the Black Caps who won those oft-talked about 'key moments'. Tellingly, New Zealand's success was achieved without captain Kane Williamson,
who made scores of 24 and 37. The Kiwis are an experienced, well-rounded team who are well coached by the canny Mike Hesson and well led by Williamson, whose strategic field placings often paid dividends and were a particular feature of this series. Even without Martin Guptill in Hamilton, they had the talent at their disposal to post a winning total, and could then call on the world-class services of Trent Boult to defend it. Little wonder they've now won 22 of their past 24 completed ODIs on home soil.

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