'India, Bangla tours will be perfect ahead of WC'

Published: Friday, September 17, 2010, 15:41 [IST]
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'India, Bangla tours will be perfect'

New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori welcomed the forthcoming tours of India and Bangladesh later this year and said it would be a perfect preparation for the Kiwi side ahead of the World Cup 2011 to be held in the sub-continent.

The 31-year-old Vettori considered the New Zealand side to be lucky and said that the tour experience will give them that extra advantage over other teams during the World Cup.

"I think we are pretty lucky as a New Zealand team to experience Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and India before the World Cup," Vettori told this week's edition of the ICC's weekly audio show.

"We are going to get the best possible warm-up and any game time in the sub-continent is going to make a huge difference to our chances in the World Cup."

The skipper said he is very excited about he prospect of captaining his side in the tournament and potentially becoming the first New Zealand player to lift the trophy.

"I think it's most cricketers' dream to play in the World Cup and throw in the fact it is going to be in the sub-continent on the biggest possible stage. So the guys are excited about it," said Vettori.

"For the New Zealand team to win the World Cup would be the ultimate achievement. I know the preparations are going pretty well. The fact we have been to Sri Lanka, we're going to Bangladesh soon and then we play some One-dayers in India gives us the best preparation leading into such an important tournament."

Vettori feels New Zealand have a well balanced side with some good experienced players and they are really willing to work hard and try and possibly lift the World Cup next year.

"I think we have some world-class players from the top of our order with Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor," he said.

"We have some real experience with Scott Styris and hopefully Kyle Mills and myself can lead a bowling attack that has a little bit of experience and that has some real talent.

"There is some growing confidence within the team that we can win it but we know there is a lot of work to do between saying we can win it and actually doing it," he added.


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