It seems the label of “chokers” is being applied to the Black Caps after their sixth semi final loss at World Cup. On the surface it does look like the big occasion gets to our lads, but for me last night and this tournament have been different. And while the players did the work on the field, a big chunk of that difference has been John Wright and Alan Donald.
The Black Caps had a plan (take note John Key/Bill English. ) Nathan Astle thinks that the plan was not flexible enough. I was just happy there was one. Batting, the plan was keeping wickets in hand, rotating the strike, hitting the bad ball and launching an assault in the last 10 overs. Last night, it almost, almost worked. If Styris and Williamson could have got two more overs the result might have been different.
With Alan Donald, Tim Southee and Jacob Oram looked like different bowlers, and reverse swing is now the norm. The spinners all contributed. Vettori rotated the bowlers expertly. He also rotated his facial hair with style. I would love to see him stay as Captain in all forms of the game.
We did lose, but Sri Lanka are a great team, playing at home. It took a while to get John Wright, but I really think he can be part of a great period for the Black Caps. Great effort guys.