Vettori warns batsmen
Daniel Vettori says New Zealand's batsman must improve their form significantly if they are to retain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.
Last Updated: 12/12/07 9:25pm
Captain Daniel Vettori has told New Zealand's batsmen that they must improve their form significantly against Australia if they are to retain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy.
The Black Caps upset the formbook when they scored a 3-0 whitewash against an admittedly under-strength Australia side in the same one-day series 12 months ago.
However, Kiwi optimism for a repeat is low after Australia scored a 54-run victory in the two sides' Twenty20 clash on Tuesday.
The partnership of Shaun Tait and Brett Lee was instrumental in Australia's success, with the pace pair leaving the tourists struggling on 31 for five.
Mitchell Johnson and Ashley Noffke also looked convincing in support and, faced with such an in-form quartet, Vettori has said that his batsmen must respond in kind when the three-match one-day series begins in Adelaide on Friday.
"Once again we've got to sort our batting out if we want to compete over here," Vettori told Channel Nine.
"They came out and wanted to bowl fast and bowl well, they did that and we never gave ourselves a chance."
All-rounder Andrew Symonds, who injured his ankle in the win, remains a doubt for Australia but Michael Hussey said his condition was "pretty good".
He said: "I know he will be getting physio over the next couple of days. We'll see how he goes at training [on Thursday].
"He seemed pretty confident this morning, he wasn't too worried at all. He's obviously in great form and we want him in our team."