Vettori - My most satisfying win
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has hailed their victory over England as the most satisfying of his international career.
Last Updated: 09/03/08 9:25am
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has hailed their 189-run victory over England in the first Test as the most satisfying of his international career.
With England chasing 300 for victory, pace bowler Kyle Mills scythed through the top of their batting order, leaving the tourists dangling on 36 for four at lunch.
Chris Martin then took three wickets in the afternoon session to seal the win.
"I think we put in a complete performance for five days," Vettori said.
"What we did was bowled well and set up a good total in the first innings. That's the way you go about winning test cricket.
"It's something we haven't done that well and to step up and do it against a very good England team and win is probably my most satisfying Test win over the long time that I have played."
Referring to the 51 off 55 balls made by New Zealand wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum in their first innings, Vettori added: "Looking back on it, every day we won key situations.
"On the first day we were 190 for five and Brendon (McCullum) came out and took the momentum away.
"Then Roscoe (Ross Taylor) and I had a big partnership. Even today we took a little bit of momentum away from England with some quick runs and the declaration.
"I think we were on top for the majority of it and we would be a very unhappy team if we weren't in this position that we are now."
Meanwhile, New Zealand have named an unchanged squad for next week's second Test in Wellington.
South African-born all-rounder Grant Elliott and pace bowler Mark Gillespie, who were released to play for Wellington against Auckland in a four-day game, will rejoin the squad.
Iain O'Brien, who was replaced by Gillespie after injuring his toe ahead of the first Test, remains sidelined because of the injury.
The second Test begins at the Basin Reserve on March 13th, with the third and final Test at Napier's McLean Park from March 22nd-26th.
New Zealand: (from) Daniel Vettori (captain), Matthew Bell, Jamie How, Stephen Fleming, Ross Taylor, Mathew Sinclair, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum, Grant Elliot, Kyle Mills, Mark Gillespie, Jeetan Patel, Chris Martin.