How happy to see IPL stars
Stand-in skipper Jamie How insists there will no split in the New Zealand camp with the arrival of their IPL players in England.
Last Updated: 01/05/08 10:29am
Stand-in skipper Jamie How insists there will no split in the New Zealand camp with the arrival of their IPL stars in England.
Captain Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Jacob Oram and Kyle Mills will all be available for the four-day fixture with Essex, which gets underway on Friday.
The quintet have missed the first two warm-up matches of the tour due to their participation in the Twenty20 tournament in India.
How believes the availability of the five players will be a boost rather than a blow to a young Black Caps squad that are a "pretty tight unit".
"It is great to have our best players back but the young guys have had a nice little time to break into the tour," said How.
"It could seem like a danger but this team is a pretty tight unit and the senior players that have been away are a special kind of 'team-first' players.
"They are looking forward to joining in with the tour, working hard with us and sharing a few of their Indian stories, no doubt."
Without their 'famous five', New Zealand managed a draw with Kent in a three-day fixture that was badly curtailed by the weather.
Now they have two more matches to get themselves ready for the first Test against England at Lord's on May 15.
The series offers the Kiwis a chance to get swift revenge on Michael Vaughan's side after they suffered a 2-1 defeat on home soil, despite winning the opening Test in emphatic fashion.
How knows that the tourists must be more consistent over five days if they are going to be successful on their travels and pull off an upset result.
"We just played well in that first Test," said the right-handed batsman.
"England might have been surprised, I am not sure, but we just strung together a lot of good sessions, and the two matches we lost, we let ourselves down with a few bad sessions here and there.
"We are a young side and if we string together good sessions we are going to be competitive.
"As Kiwis we enjoy being the underdogs; we are confident and will go about our work and come that first Test we will be up to speed."
"We were expecting some rain at this time of year and that is why we have quite a packed schedule.
"There is plenty of time left, we did get a bit of a workout in this game but obviously not as much as we hoped for."