8 Sep 2009

Black Caps a lot more confident in shorter game

6:44 am on 8 September 2009

The confidence is returning to the New Zealand cricket side and they're hoping that'll spill over in tonight's opening match of the tri-series one day competition against Sri Lanka in Colombo.

After a 2-0 Test series loss, the Black Caps scored two good wins over the home side in Twenty20 matches and feel they have the players and the game to continue that success in the 50 over match.

Vice-captain Brendan McCullum says they've always been a lot more confident with their shorter version of the game and the mood within the group is very positive.

He feels the mix within the side makes them very competitive.

McCullum returned to form with the bat in the Twenty20 matches and he's hoping he and Jesse Ryder can get them off to a good start during the tri-series which also includes India.

Winning the toss looks important with the side batting first having won in the last 10 limited overs matches at the R Premadasa Stadium.