We respect India, not scared of them: New Zealand coach

March 2nd, 2009 - 8:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Napier, March 2 (IANS) New Zealand coach Andy Moles feels that the win in the Twenty20s won’t make the Black Caps favourite to win the five-match one-day series starting here Tuesday.
“The two results have given the guys the confidence that they can compete. From an individual point of view, some of the younger players have found there’s nothing to be scared of and are looking forward to the next challenge. We must respect them but we mustn’t be scared of them,” Moles was quoted as saying by the New Zealand Herald.

Opener Brendon McCullum has given Moles a sense of optimism with his last three Twenty20 innings — one against Australia and the two against India.

“He’s been criticised for not being in much form of late but those games showed he can play all sorts of innings,” Moles said.

“He is maturing as a player, is playing for the situation and when he’s playing well at the top of the order with Jesse (Ryder), then Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor, we’re certainly starting to get a pretty formidable top four,” he said.

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