Vettori hopeful of making fresh start

Published: Monday, November 1, 2010, 14:29 [IST]
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Vettori hopeful of making fresh start

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has voiced hope that his side can put its disasterous tour of Bangladesh behind it and look forward to playing India with renewed vigour. Vittori feels that the change in format to test cricket and the addition of new members will help raise his side's morale. The Kiwis arrived in Ahmedabad on Sunday to play three tests and five one-dayers against the hosts in a tour that begins on Nov 4th at Motera.

"The Bangladesh tour was extremely disappointing," said Vettori. "We will try to rectify that in India. It's a fresh start for us: It's Test cricket and we have new players."

New Zealand weren't allowed to drop Bangladesh from off their mind or the comments from Mark Greatbatch, the selector-cum-coach, who hit out at his players recently, in the opening press conference. After failing to win a game against Bangladesh, Greatbatch said, "When you play badly like that you've got to front up. It's very devastating."

In an another instance of frankness, he also said that, "India have only lost one of their last 13 Tests in India, so if you're gonna ask me what a good result is I would take two draws."

Vettori was reminded of both comments in the press conference on Sunday. He shirked off the remarks by saying that it was in the past and that the players are willing to do well in this series. He reacted to misgivings of their upcoming performance by saying, "We are here to win." He then added, "It won't be easy." Having never one a series in India, it certainly won't.


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