Kiwi coach welcomes aggressive start of Chappell-Hadlee series

March 8th, 2010 - 3:15 pm ICT by ANI  

Wellington, Mar 8 (ANI): New Zealand coach Mark Greatbatch has no problem with the aggressive start of the Chappell Hadlee series and expects the Hamilton crowd to be “quite rowdy” on Tuesday for game three against Australia.

Tensions have been running high during the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy series; with Australia’s Mitchell Johnson becoming New Zealand’s new public enemy No.1 after he head butted Scott Styris in game one.

Greatbatch said he welcomed the competitive nature of contests between the Trans-Tasman foes. “The last time I played (against Australia), Merv Hughes spat on me.”

“But we had a beer at the end of the day. It’s competitive, it’s great. It’s Australia-New Zealand. It was pretty controlled (in Auckland). It was good aggression and it was good cricket,” FOX Sports quoted him, as saying.

“It’s gamesmanship. We’re in the entertainment business and people pay money to come and watch,” Greatbatch added.

The injury-hit Black Caps called up uncapped batsman Shanan Stewart for game three at Seddon Park.

“Shanan has been in our thinking for the Twenty20 World Cup. He’s in great nick, he’s got a couple of hundreds and a 200 today (227 not out for Canterbury against Central Districts).

“He’s an experienced middle order player, a very dynamic one-day player and we feel he plays the aggressive game we’re looking to play against the Australians,” said Greatbatch. (ANI)

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