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With all the drama and conflict that New Zealand cricket has faced in the last couple of days following the captaincy change (where Ross Taylor was replaced by Brendon McCullum), assistant coach Bob Carter shared that the touring camp feels very optimistic ahead of the 3-match T20I series against South Africa.
Coming from a poor outing against Sri Lanka, where the Black Caps were only able to clinch a single Test victory in the entire tour, followed by a dispute between the former Captain, Ross Taylor and the head coach, Mike Hesson (which resulted in Taylor’s withdrawal from the entire tour), the shortest format might be the ideal platform for New Zealand to play positive cricket.
“We can go into the T20 series with a great deal of optimism. We're very much up for it. The boys have gone into their training really well, with lots of energy, and we're really looking forward to the challenge of playing in South Africa. Who wouldn't? It's a good place to tour and there are exciting times here with cricket,” shared Carter.
Adapting to foreign conditions is a challenging task for any side in the cricketing world, but New Zealand’s away wins in Hobart and Colombo in the past year signify that they have the potential. However, competing for the shortest format may just be the best way to settle down before the upcoming two Tests against the top ranked South Africa next month.
After an early exit from the ICC World T20 this year in Sri Lanka, Cricket South Africa (CSA) is making significant changes to the side ahead of 2014 event. Following the promotion of Russell Domingo as the head coach for the shortest format, CSA appointed Faf du Plessis as the captaincy of the T20 side (a team which will include 4 new players this series).
The Kiwis, banking on these changes, are feeling quite confident. Nonetheless, the Black Caps have also included 5 uncapped players to their squad for the T20 stint. The Kiwi all rounder, James Franklin, believes the side needs to think positively, even though they will play the 3-match series as the underdogs.