New Zealand’s Plucky Cricket Squad

New Zealand still has a chance to pull off a draw in the final Test against India (right now, they’re at 183/4). Even if they lose, however, I think they should be relatively happy with their overall performance during this tour.

Keep in mind that New Zealand still rank just one above the West Indies, while India are regularly mentioned as contenders for the No. 1 position. For most of the second Test, New Zealand — which almost always reach the semi-finals of the World Cup, I believe — had India pinned and would have won were it not for a near-miraculous effort.

I do have one bone to pick, though: Daniel Vettori and Andy Moles, New Zealand’s coach, pushed for more seamer-friendly pitches , which they believed would help the New Zealand side. To my eyes, though, it was precisely the series’ batting pitches that helped New Zealand, whose top-order has serious issues. Had the pitches been variants of 2002-2003, I’m just sure this Indian attack would have taken more advantage than New Zealand’s.

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