15 Jan 2013

NZ cricket team rudderless, says former coach

12:09 pm on 15 January 2013

A former New Zealand cricket coach says the Black Caps have had a tour from hell.

The team has lost six of its last seven tests, the latest on Monday when they were thrashed on the fourth day of the second cricket test at Port Elizabeth in South Africa.

New Zealand was bowled out for 211 in their second innings, giving the home side victory by an innings and 197 runs.

Former New Zealand coach David Trist told Radio New Zealand's Summer Report programme the team is rudderless at the top in terms of a new coach, a management side around him which should be questioned, and a captain caught in a perfect storm.

He said some serious questions have to be asked by independent people who are prepared to speak out, in order to make sure this kind of loss on tour doesn't happen again.

Mr Trist said the team's recent performance has caused a huge amount of hurt and disappointment.