25 Nov 2008

Bracewell says his side is starstruck

5:33 am on 25 November 2008

The New Zealand cricket coach John Bracewell has admitted his struggling young batsmen are "starstruck".

Bracewell believes his inexperienced top six, which folded in the first test against Australia, have the talent to be a "world force", but has urged them to stop seeing the trans-Tasman series as a magical cricketing adventure.

Bracewell says his his green outfit are in awe of their rivals as well as Australian venues such as the Adelaide Oval, where they play the second Test, starting on Friday.

There's pressure on Bracewell and captain Daniel Vettori to reshuffle their top six with aggressive `keeper-batsman Brendon McCullum failing at No.5, ahead of the more technically-correct and patient Daniel Flynn.

However it is likely they'll show faith in their current batsmen and batting order.

The Black Caps are sorely missing injured all-rounder Jacob Oram heading to Adelaide, where they will consider playing spinner Jeetan Patel in tandem with Vettori but are unsure of whether to pick him at the expense of a seamer or batsman.

Facing a drop to No.8 on the ICC Test rankings with a 2-0 series loss, Bracewell concedes his side would find it tougher to spring an upset in the batting-friendly Adelaide conditions.