INTERVIEW: Daniel Vettori talks to the Press at the end of the second test in Napier

Daniel Vettori
The BLACKCAPS captain talks to the press at the end of the second test in Napier.


On the BLACKCAPS performance during this Test…

“I’m pretty pleased with the performance. I think everything I asked of the team before this Test match, our ability to hang in their longer with the bat and then put a performance together with the ball was consistent the whole way through. I’m relatively happy with pretty much everything we did, we were pretty dominant throughout the Test match and after the performance we had in Hamilton to bounce back and play like we did here is very pleasing. Obviously disappointing not to get the win and not be able to force the issue on the final day but apart from that there wasn’t too much I was unhappy with.”

On else the BLACKCAPS could have done to win...

“I suppose there’s probably something I can think of. We needed a couple of early wickets to give us a chance and I suppose when we got Gambhir and the third new ball came along there was another opportunity but Yuvraj Singh and Laxman saw India through that period and once it was gone the win was probably out of our reach.”

On if the wicket was too good for a Test match...

“I suppose on most good Test wickets you get a little bit of variable bounce but consistency the wicket tends to wear away and becomes more difficult for batting. I think on this wicket you could bat on it for another 5 or 6 days if you wanted to It was just supremely good for batting on for long periods of time. It’s a hard one I think. I’ve had a lot of discussions with the umpires and the match referee about the wicket as to whether its too good for a Test wicket and I think everyone wants to see a wicket deteriorate and the spinners come into play and a little bit of inconsistent bounce.  I suppose you want batting to become more difficult as the test match goes on. I’d probably say batting was pretty even throughout the Test match there was no stage when you thought this wickets getting tough.”

On any regrets making India follow on…

“I think you always think about that but the situation was we just rolled them pretty quickly. We had 17 overs to put them under a lot of pressure and we wanted to run with that. We got that crucial wicket from Sehwag but from then on in India batted resolutely throughout the next two days and made it difficult to take wickets so I have no regrets with that decision.”

On the team’s positive attitude going into the final test…

“Absolutely, like I said before I think we were dominant throughout the Test match. The ability to score those big runs, the third highest score by any New Zealand team should never be underestimated and the performances of Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor and Brendon McCullum with the bat and backed up by a magnificent first innings bowling skill of Chris Martin and Jeetan Patel. I was really pleased with that and just when we couldn’t quite get those early wickets in the second innings was probably the only disappointing thing, well, not disappointing really, the only hard thing of the Test.”

On missed opportunities…

“It’s hard to say. I think the amount of pressure we put India under was fantastic from our part. There was just the fact that the wicket was too good in the second innings.  India decided to bat a lot more conservatively than they did in the first innings so therefore the chance went down on a wicket of that nature.”

On hopes for the Wellington Test…

“It depends how we back up. Obviously we’ve got three days, we’ve got to rest up pretty quickly. The bowling loads were spread out as much as possible but three days standing up does take its toll on some bodies so how we bounce back from that is going to be crucial and if we have to bowl first on that first morning in Wellington I expect the same intensity that the guys brought into this Test match.”

On Gambhir’s marathon innings…

“He did what India required of him he batted long periods of time and India needed to do that to save the Test match and you couldn’t really ask too much more of him.”

On when he thought the opportunity to win had gone…

“I thought when Jeets [Patel] got Gambhir out we had an opportunity with the third new ball with Chris bowling as well as he did throughout the Test match and the guys backing him up. But once that was gone that’s when I think it was the defining moment for us in terms of the Test being gone.”

On if he thought they had a window to win…

“Absolutely, in particular getting Tendulkar out because he looked the most comfortable of all the Indian batsmen. He played his shots and put us back under pressure whereas the other Indian batsmen looked to defend and just soak up time so when he was dismissed there was some good spirit within the team. We thought the new balls that were coming along would give us an opportunity but I suppose the wicket got the better of us in the end.”

On the ball…

“Even the reverse swing, we noticed the Indian guys couldn’t get it to reverse either. There was talk that we got it to go maybe a couple of times but not enough to trouble the Indian guys. The ball just never really wore, it got soft but when you looked at it, it was still in pretty good nick there wasn’t one side that was noticeably roughed up as much as everyone tried.”

On having a home advantage in Wellington…

“I suppose we want something different to this wicket. We want both the teams to have an opportunity to get a result whether that means the Basin that traditionally has a little bit in it on the first morning and then settles down to be a pretty good batting wicket, I think if we came across that we’d be happy with it.”

On how the team are feeling…

“The guys feel pretty good I think, obviously the fast bowlers, Chris Martin, did a lot of work and bowled so well he was always asked to bowl at critical times, so that’s a drain on him. Everyone in the sheds in pretty good spirits and are happy with the fight back from the last Test so like I said before, the intensity we showed in this Test match will be there when we turn up at the basin.”

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