Earthquake makes motivated Kiwis more dangerous: Border
Former Australian captain Allan Border feels New Zealand would be more dangerous than usual in the World Cup match against Australia as the Black Caps have been motivated further by the earthquake that has devastated their country.
"They`re a side that tends to lift against Australia and given the recent events in Christchurch, they`ve got the added incentive to do well," Border said.
"Not that 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 said.
Australia and New Zealand face off on Friday in a Group A match and the two Trans-Tasmanian rivals have a history of thrilling encounters.
Border said Australia were rusty in their opening win against Zimbabwe and need to improve every aspect of their game as tougher battles await them in the World Cup.
"It was a rusty sort of performance. It was one of those performances you want to get the job done because everyone expects you to beat a side like Zimbabwe and beat them comfortably. In the end that happened, but there is big room
from improvement from what I watched," he said.
"Sometimes it`s hard to get a handle on how the conditions are when you`re just watching on TV. It looks sort of innocuous enough and you`re wondering why you`re not scoring more heavily. But sometimes the bowling, even though it`s innocuous can be hard to get away if they`re landing it in the right areas on that sort of surface," he added.
Against New Zealand, Border said Australia`s success would depend on how well the batsmen handle Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori, who would benefit from the spin-friendly conditions.
"Vettori is world class so there`s no shame in struggling against him. He is a world-class bowler and has been for some time so they`ll have certain plans against him depending on the wicket.
"Nathan McCullum I`m not overly worried about - but those are the famous last words. I would have thought they`d be comfortable just trying to knock Dan Vettori around and maybe go a bit harder at McCullum," Border said.