AUS vs NZ: Black Caps ‘too scared’ when playing against Australia

Australia beat New Zealand by 25 rounds to sweep the series 3-0 on Sunday and knocked out captain Aaron Finch in his last 50 performances.

Steve Smith scored 105 points, his 12th century in the ODI, to help Australia beat a slow start and scored 267-5 on a slow track in Cairns. New Zealand was drawn for 242 rounds in 49.5 increments.

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Black hat ‘too scared’ when playing against Australia – Brad Haden

Former Australian wicketkeeper Brad Hadden said the Black Cups are “too scared” of facing the hosts via Tasman. It’s been 13 years since the Black Caps beat Australia in an ODI match in Australia and have played 10 games.

New Zealand’s batsmen were not impressed with the racket, with no player scoring half a century in the series, raising fears that the visitors could face psychological trouble when they face their closest rival, Australia.

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Brad edged. Twitter picture

“I don’t think New Zealand feels it can compete with Australia,” “A century later, Steve Smith helped the hosts win,” Hadden said on Fox Sports after the game in Australia after a century.

The former wicket-keeper thinks it’s a mental issue and that the Black Hat is “too scared” to take on Australian bowlers in the middle stages of the batting innings.

The Black Caps have played only three T20 matches in Australia in the last 15 years, and have lost all of them, including one defeat in Sydney in 2009.

NZ won three Test matches in 34 attempts in Australia, being defeated 3-0 in the most recent Test series in 2019-20. After two wins in a winning streak in 1985, they celebrated their last win in Hobart in 2011.

Black Cups coach Gary Stead admitted his team needed to know how to deliver a killer punch to Australia on tour.

Gary Stead
Gary Stead (Image source: Twitter)

“I don’t know,” Stead said when asked on Monday if his team has an intellectual disability in the circumstances.

“A lot of teams come to Australia and they are struggling to beat it, and we are no different. They are a very good team, they are competing all the time and that is something I think we talk about in the group is how we can continue to punch them.”

“It looks like they’re continuing to give us answers for now.”

“But we are also a good team and we have to learn how to compete and then put in that killer blow sometimes to make sure we can beat them.”

On October 22, the Black Caps and Australia will kick off their Twenty20 World Cup campaign when they meet in the opening match of the tournament at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The host is the defending champion, having easily defeated New Zealand in the final in Dubai last year.

Former Australia international Kerry O’Keeffe, Haddin’s co-commentator, said New Zealand had failed to turn their chances against a host team, with the exception of century maker Steve Smith, who struggled with the racket throughout the series.

“Against Australia, if you get a winning position, you have to win,” O’Keeffe said.

“We needed to apply pressure longer, and basically throughout the series we weren’t clinical enough on it,” he said. Williamson said after the New Zealand chase fell into lockdown Sunday night.

“And thanks to Australia, they are always a strong team and have a number of guns throughout their attack…and they are all playing beautifully.”

Ken Williamson
Ken Williamson (photo credits- Twitter)

After losing two in the first half and 113 in the second, the captain, who scored 89 points in three games, described his team’s efforts as frustrating.

“For us, there were glimpses, but it’s about moving forward and doing more group performances.

“They outperformed us in a fair number of areas, but certainly in the moments where the game swung, they could withstand that pressure, and we couldn’t reverse it.”

“You can learn as much as you can–and these are the kinds of opportunities,” Williamson said.

“We know coming here, in their own circumstances, Australia is very clinical. It is a very tough team to beat. Having said that, we are trying to focus on our cricket, and it hasn’t been good enough during this series, so…”

Trent Bolt was once again the lead with the ball, taking 2-25 out of 10 to give him 10 wickets in the series with an average of 10.30, but the rest of the attack couldn’t apply the same pressure as the home team’s players. Because of an injury, Henry died.

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