England might be seen as one of the weakest teams in World Cricket these days, but, the Black Caps are in no mood to take them lightly.
One of the most premier batsmen of the New Zealand side, Ross Taylor, shied away from admitting yesterday that there could not have been a better time to play a test series against England.
According to Taylor, no matter how poor England’s recent performances might have been, whenever they play in their backyard, it’s very tough to deal with them.
New Zealand has emerged as a force in international Cricket in all formats in the last couple of years.
They have not lost a test series for a long time and in the One Day Internationals too, they have performed well in all conditions.
In the World Cup this year, the Kiwis were probably the most dominating team until the final match where Australia beat them.
But, despite the fact that they could not win the World Cup, New Zealand’s confidence would be reaching sky high with the way they have moved up in the World rankings.
So, there is no doubt that they would run England close in the test series.
But, Taylor is quite correct in pointing out the fact that the conditions in UK make the home team overwhelmingly favourites.
And, apart from that, the ball that is used by the ECB for the home test matches, the duke ball. Read more »