Oram: We're not complacent
Jacob Oram has insisted New Zealand will not be under-estimating England - despite dominating the one-day series so far.
Last Updated: 13/02/08 8:19am
Jacob Oram has insisted New Zealand will not be under-estimating England - despite recording back-to-back victories in the opening two matches of the one-day series.
England head to Eden Park battered and bruised, but determined to turn the five-match series around.
And Oram knows that the comprehensive victories in Wellington and Hamilton currently count for nothing.
"In no way are we getting complacent in the changing room," said Oram.
"They've got some serious players who haven't fired a shot on this tour yet and we know that full well.
"We have to keep our standards up and hope we can keep them down for as long as possible.
"I'm sure there are certain guys in their team that at some stage will fire, but we just have to try and prolong that and hopefully it doesn't happen all at once for them.
"We know they'll come back and we were expecting it yesterday, to be honest. We managed to keep them down but I'm sure it's not far away so it's up to us to try and squash that so it doesn't happen soon."
New Zealand have already turned the tour on its head themselves - having bounced back after being simply outclassed in the Twenty20 matches.
Dimitri Mascarenhas was England's stand-out player in those two games - and Oram admits he was shocked not to see the Hampshire all-rounder picked for the games in Wellington and Hamilton.
"If I'm honest I was surprised he was left out of the Wellington match after how well he struck it during the Twenty20 matches, but also how he managed to get on top of our batsmen with his medium pace variations and hitting the seam as well," said Oram.
"I was surprised for the Wellington game and obviously there were reasons behind that which I wasn't privy to. Wellington's conditions would probably have suited him down to the ground - slow, low with a little bit of nibble in the wicket as well.
"He would have been tough to face on that, but also the nature of the two pitches we've played on, if he'd have got himself in and got a chance to swing away he could have been extremely dangerous."