30 Jan 2009

Vettori blasts bowlers as Kiwis concede mental edge

9:17 am on 30 January 2009

The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori has blasted his bowlers for failing to give their side the crucial mental edge ahead of the one-day series against Australia, following a six-wicket loss to the Prime Minister's XI in Canberra.

Vettori was scathing as he singled out his attack's inability to defend the Black Caps' total of 271 for five against the inexperienced PM's line-up.

He says they missed a golden opportunity to build some momentum with poor bowling.

Vettori says that continually trying to chase the result or, as he put it, "get back on the horse", makes it very difficult in Australia and they wanted the win to go on to Perth with a little bit of confidence.