2 Dec 2008

Vettori takes aim at his batsmen

6:01 am on 2 December 2008

The New Zealand cricket captain Daniel Vettori has taken aim at his top six batsmen after they self-destructed in the second test against Australia in Adelaide.

It was a perfect batting strip, and the ground regularly sees first innings totals of 500, but New Zealand could manage just 270 and 203 to lose by an innings and 62 runs in 4 days.

Opener Aaron Redmond made 83 and 19 and wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum was the other Kiwi batsman to pass 50 in the match, scoring an unbeaten 84 yesterday.

Vettori says the 2-nil series defeat was a lesson for his batsmen in how to build an innings... he says they have plenty of talent and not enough application

Vettori says collectively they're not putting team performances together.... it started with the bat in this Test match and continued with the second half with the ball and then once again with the bat yesterday.

He says the application is the big key because they all acknowledge that they are pretty talented guys.... the Ryders, the Taylors, the Hows, all the top six are extremely talented players.

The Black Caps now return home to face the West Indies.