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Kiwi skipper ready for English backlash

Kiwi skipper ready for English backlash

Vettori said that England would come back pretty hard at the Kiwis after the upset win.

Hamilton: New Zealand are expecting an English backlash in their second One-Day cricket International here on Tuesday after pulling off an upset victory in the series opener.

"They'll be feeling the same as we did after the Twenty20 games, they'll come back pretty hard at us," New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori said.

England thrashed New Zealand in the two warm-up Twenty20 games and said their unfamiliarity with the drop-in pitch was partly to blame for the dramatic form reversal that saw New Zealand win the first one-dayer with 20 overs to spare.

"We were expecting a belter (of a wicket) and instead none of us could get going," England skipper Paul Collingwood said of the slow and low drop-in pitch when they were dismissed for 130 in Wellington.

He was also full of praise for the New Zealand bowlers who he said "bowled plenty of cutters."

"I thought what they did was analyse it very well and adapt from the start," he said.

England's team selection was also a surprise, with in-form allrounder Dimitri Mascarenhas dropped in favour of Ravi Bopara as coach Peter Moores wanted to retain the same team that beat Sri Lanka 3-2 in November.

But Moores said that decision and the recall of specialist opener Alastair Cook for Luke Wright would be reconsidered.

"Was it the right decision? You'd have to say maybe they weren't. It was a difficult decision to leave out two guys that had done well and we'll look at it again."

But the performance in Sri Lanka will still play an integral part in England's motivation.

"You have to keep your heads up high," Collingwood said. "We were hammered in the first game and we came back strongly to win the series after adapting to the conditions.

"It's still early days for us -- we all know it was a poor performance (in Wellington), but it's just one game. We believe we've still got the momentum.

"New Zealand, meanwhile, have their enthusiasm back, with the win over England a valuable tonic after substantial losses to Australia and South Africa late last year.

"If we get 2-0 up we've got a good chance to finish the series off," Vettori said before adding: "I still think it will be incredibly tight.

"I'm sure they'll go back to the drawing board and look to respond like we did after the Twenty20s. We know they'll come hard at us."

Vettori believed the Hamilton wicket would offer more pace than Westpac Stadium in Wellington.

New Zealand may add an extra seamer at the expense of Jeetan Patel, who cleaned up the tail in the first game.
first published:February 11, 2008, 15:22 IST