Discipline is key to New Zealand’s bowling success

February 28th, 2009 - 9:39 pm ICT by IANS  

Wellington, Feb 28 (IANS) It hasn’t been a smooth summer for New Zealand bowlers, but they haven’t been generous towards opponents by tossing away freebies.
New Zealand bowlers have been very disciplined this summer and in 11 games - ODIs plus one Twenty20 against Australia - they have averaged a remarkable one wide for every 16.1 overs they bowled, compared with one every five overs bowled by the opposition in the same period.

This hasn’t come by accident but is a culmination of discipline, planning and good technique.

New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen pointed out several factors for this disciplined performance.

“That is certainly something we can control as a bowling group. We’ve been aiming to train with really good specifics, ensuring our run-ups are good, with rhythm and balance, so by the time you get to the crease you’re in the best possible position to execute,” Jurgensen was quoted as saying by the New Zealand Herald.

“With no balls, the guys have been really good. There’s no no-balls at practice and that comes through in games.”

“If you’re not handling the pressure well, then all of sudden the wickets look about six inches wide, so we are certainly hitting our lines that are in our plans. Dan (Vettori) has specific plans he wants to follow, therefore you have direction, and when you’ve got that, all of a sudden it distracts you from pressure and outside influences and focuses on that ball, that moment.”

The worst “culprits” for New Zealand have been Tim Southee (six), Grant Elliott, Kyle Mills and Mark Gillespie (four each), Jeetan Patel and Iain O’Brien (two), Ian Butler, Jacob Oram and Vettori (one).

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