Like most Aussie cricket fans I have been watching the Australian tour of New Zealand with some interest. The Black Caps seem intent on squaring the ledger from Australia. With this being the last series for Brendan McCullum you would have thought that NZ cricket would rise to the occasion.
For all their talent the Black Caps lack the mental edge to compete with the likes of India, Australia and dare I say it England. For a group of cricketers they are pretty soft. It took was one bad decision and the Test match was done and it seems to be a habit with the Black Caps.
If you listen to the NZ commentary team on Sky there are a few clues to the softness of the current side. There was talk of the 30 year anniversary of the underarm incident, the Nathan Lyon decision from the pink ball test and now the Adam Voges no-ball. It reads like a cricket obituary of an U/10 side. It's time for NZ cricket to move on and get some Sir Richard Hadlee swag back in their game.
The Black Caps need to be little bolder with their selections for the second test as Bracewell is a huge loss to the team. Ish Sodhi would be a step in the right direction - a fearless player who isn't afraid to turn the ball. Adam Milne should also come into calculation for a side that needs to take twenty wickets. A shake-up of the batting order could give the team some new life, Nicholson opening the batting? It is all about swag and let's hope the Black Caps show some on Saturday.