Gillespie - No hard feelings
New Zealand's last-ball hero Mark Gillespie says there will be no lingering ill-feeling in the NatWest Series decider.
Last Updated: 26/06/08 3:31pm
New Zealand's last-ball hero Mark Gillespie says there will be no lingering ill-feeling when his side take on England in the NatWest Series decider at the Lord's on Saturday.
The Black Caps hold a 2-1 lead following Wednesday's one-wicket success in the fourth ODI at the Oval, last man Gillespie hitting the final delivery of the match for two runs - including an overthrow - to seal the win.
Despite their victory, the tourists had been incensed by the decision of England captain Paul Collingwood to appeal for the run out of Grant Elliott following a mid-pitch collision with Ryan Sidebottom earlier in the run chase.
Collingwood admitted he was wrong to send Elliott on his way after the match, an apology that was accepted by New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori.
"People ask if there will be any ill-feeling on Saturday and we can beat on about this until it is completely dead," said Gillespie
"It is over. It has happened. If you ask 100 people, 50 may see it one way, 50 may see it the other way.
"There is no point even worrying about it. We know it is going to make headlines and everyone will be talking about it. But we move on.
"The mood in the dressing room after we had won is something you wake up in the morning wanting to be part of.
"The mood before I went out to bat after Grant was out was tough. I was trying to prepare to bat and the guys weren't happy.
"I saw the replay for the first time myself when I was padding up and I was getting quite angry.
"I had to sit down and keep calm. I went out there feeling very nervous and it was a good feeling to pull off the win."
New Zealand are keen to end a difficult tour - they lost the Test series 2-0 and the one-off Twenty20 international - on a high and underline their status as the number three 50-over one-day side in the world.
Gillespie commented: "I have not been part of the squad for the Test matches so I don't have that baggage.
"When myself and Scott Styris came into the side after the Tests, the guys were hurting, you could tell that.
"Even after the Twenty20 match and the first one-dayer, it looked like things weren't going to get better.
"But the management and our skipper Daniel Vettori kept hammering into us that we were a good one-day side.
"We've had reasonable success of late and we've had to dig deep and look within.
"We've had a couple of meetings and, from a personal point of view, I found myself putting in that extra bit."
Gillespie has formed a potent attack in the last two games with Kyle Mills and Tim Southee and believes the combination can get even better.
"I am happy with my bowling, Tim is keen on learning one-day cricket and this experience will do him the world of good," he added.
"It's going to get better and better and his ability to take wickets in the middle order is a massive bonus for us.
"Kyle was a little bit out of sorts at the start but he is getting better and better and is leading us well."