Kiwis get set to take on Aussies in Chappell-Hadlee ODI series

January 15th, 2009 - 4:18 pm ICT by ANI  

Wellington, Jan.15 (ANI): New Zealand will take on Australia in a five-match Chappell-Hadlee Trophy ODI series in January and February.
The New Zealand Press Association quoted team coach Andy Moles as saying that his team would go all out for a win against their trans-Tasmanian rivals.
“To get a win under our belts is really key, we want to become a winning unit,” Moles said of a side that has slipped from third to fifth on the ODI rankings since the 2007 World Cup.
“Looking over the series (against the West Indies) it shows we need to be more consistent in certain areas but obviously we”re pleased to get a win under the belt. We had certain individuals do well but moving forward to Australia we”ve got to get a lot more consistency into our batting and build partnerships.”
The emergence of first drop Martin Guptill is being lauded as a selectors masterstroke.
Picked to replace an out of sorts Jamie How, Guptill marked his debut with an unbeaten 122 in Auckland and backed up with 43 from 39 on Tuesday.
Ross Taylor has also seemingly matured into a stroke maker less prone to moments of rashness. His unbeaten 51 in Wellington and 48 not out on Tuesday were both quality contributions lauded by captain Daniel Vettori and Moles.
The 12-man squad that played the last two matches against the West Indies is expected to be retained when the selectors name a tour party on January 21, but they could also include any of Styris, Franklin or Oram. (ANI)

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