24 Nov 2008

Batting the big problem for NZ cricketers

6:16 am on 24 November 2008

Overcoming their batting issues won't happen before the New Zealand cricketers take on Australia in the second test in Adelaide starting on Friday.

The bowlers did their best in the opening test in Brisbane, but scores of 156 and 177 were the problem in the 149-run defeat.

Black Caps captain Daniel Vettori says it's been a problem well before he was captain.... he admits he still looks at the guys and knows they're extremely talented, but they have to turn that talent into consistent performances and unfortunately they're just not getting that.

Five of the current top six batsmen have played fewer than 20 Tests and Vettori hopes his team-mates will learn quickly on the job and develop in to strong international players.

He says at the moment they're trying to work with some very young guys, some very inexperienced guys and he believes even Australian players in their first 10 Test matches would find it difficult coming into conditions like this.

Despite the side's batting woes, Vettori doesn't believe he's resigned to a couple of tough years in charge..... he has a lot of faith in them, they're talented players and they'll get them improving.... they just have to accelerate that improvement.