Vettori - We were ruthless
Daniel Vettori praised his players as they ended their tour with an emphatic eight-wicket win over Scotland.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 03/07/08 8:23pm
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori praised the ruthlessness of his players as they ended their tour of Great Britain with an emphatic eight-wicket win over Scotland.
Vettori and his men depart with their heads held high after superbly bouncing back from their 3-0 Test series defeat against England.
The Black Caps picked themselves up to clinch the ODI series 3-1 at Lord's before wrapping up a routine Tri-series success against Ireland and Scotland north of the border.
Ross Taylor struck an unbeaten 61 to see the Kiwis past Scotland's meagre target of 101 in Aberdeen, but Vettori admitted the final game of the series could have been a different proposition had he not won the toss.
"The toss played a big part because it was always going to be difficult to bat," he said.
"I had no hesitation in bowling first because the only way we could have slipped up would be to have batted and lost some early wickets.
"We wanted to be ruthless and it's pleasing to end the tour with a good win."
Scotland captain Ryan Watson could not conceal his frustration after his side failed to cover themselves in glory in the final match of the series.
A win would have given Scotland an official one-day ranking. However Watson echoed Vettori's sentiments by claiming the toss of the coin proved decisive.
"When you play sides like New Zealand you need a bit of luck but everything went against us and the gulf between the teams got wider and wider," said Watson.
"I don't think we played poor shots but were genuinely bowled out by a side who knew how to take advantage of the conditions.
"It's really frustrating to suffer a result like this in such a high-profile game because we wanted to show our improvement and I genuinely believe we could have got 200-220 if conditions had been in our favour."
Instead, much of the Scotland innings was played in steady rain, and Watson added: "I think we should have come off because conditions were really tough.
"It's a hard call and I don't want to criticise the umpires too much because they've done a great job over the last two days but I'd have come off."