Melbourne: New Zealand will lift themselves against Australia in the wake of the Christchurch earthquake and Ricky Ponting’s men should be wary of their trans-Tasman rivals when they meet in a World Cup clash on Friday, cautioned former Aussie skipper Allan Border.
At least 98 people died in a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that rocked Christchurch on Tuesday, leaving the New Zealand cricket team shocked, and Border said the tragedy would pump up Daniel Vettori and his men to perform for their countrymen.
“They’re a side that tend to lift against Australia and given the recent events in Christchurch, they’ve got the added incentive to do well,” Border, a World Cup winner in 1987, told a website.
“Not that should make that much difference, but you’ve got that incentive in the back of your mind to lift for the sake of your countrymen. They’re a dangerous opponent, there’s no doubt about that,” he added.
The incident forced Black Caps physio Dayle Shackel and trainer Bryan Stronach, whose wife is four months pregnant, to return home for a week, ahead of their second match of the tournament.