Thursday, August 06, 2009

Vettori Looks for a Win in Next Test Battle with Sri Lanka

New Zealand cricket skipper Daniel Vettori is certain his side has the ability to compete with Sri Lanka and India in its forthcoming test and limited overs series, saying the only thing his team be short of experience.

"We have not played a lot of test cricket so our shows haven’t been as excellent as they should be," Vettori told to reporters. "This side has the capacity to succeed. We have to just get some performances under our restraint."

The Kiwis arrived in Sri Lanka on Tuesday to play two test matches and a tri-nation limited-overs series in opposition to the hosts and India.

The 30-year-old Vettori is the most skilled player in the side with 92 test matches while 11 players in his 15-member test squad have only played 95 test matches between them.

Previously in this year, New Zealand played in India in a three-match home test series which they lost to the result of 1-0.

In the meantime, Sri Lanka is being carried high after thrashing Pakistan 2-0 in last month's test series and has taken an incontrovertible 3-0 lead in their five-match limited-overs series with two matches still to be played.

"Our buoyancy grows with every win, we must take this into the next series," Sri Lankan skipper Kumar Sangakkara said.

The first test match among Sri Lanka and New Zealand will be played in Galle from August. 18 2009.

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