It`s a challenge to bowl to McCullum: Price

Ahmedabad: With an explosive combination of Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder, New Zealand make for a formidable batting force and Zimbabwe`s bowlers will have a tough time trying to contain them, says left-arm spinner Ray Price.

"We respect them a lot as they have some good players who really connect well with the bat. Especially, Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder, who have played some good innings in the recent past," the 34-year-old spinner, who has 84 ODI wickets in his kitty, said.

"I think it will be a challenge for me if Brendon McCullum hits the ball a long way. They have some good players and it is going to be difficult for me," he added.

Friday`s match would be a crucial one as it would decide both New Zealand and Zimbabwe`s chances of reaching the quarterfinals of the World Cup but Price said they are not thinking too much about the result.

Both teams have played two matches, won one and lost another and have two points each.

"The game is very important for the team. But we are not trying to think too much of that. Because in cricket if you think too far ahead and worry about the results you forget about what you are supposed to do and control your errors," Price told reporters after the training session here.

"We will try and focus more on ourselves rather than the opposition. We are not going into their weaknesses it would be more about how we approach the game and how we do it."

Talking about their last match against Canada in Nagpur, which Zimbabwe won by 175 runs, Price said though the Africans had a shaky start, they did play well.

"Last match we played well. We did not start well with the bat but came back and played well. For us it was about repairing the bad start. Because in the past we have had bad start and the game had gone downhill from there. For us it is about doing the basics in the next game," he added.

Price feels Zimbabwe needs another seamer.

"We are lucky that most guys can ball at the start and the end. But we are obviously missing another seamer. We would obviously like to start with two seamers. Heath Streak is working on it and we have some young talent at home," he said.

The left-arm spinner further said that it was easier for him to open the bowling in the sub continent as the surface here was rough, making the new ball less slippery early in the match.

"I am always itching to bowl, it doesn`t matter if it in the end or the start. The new ball is very hard and would become soft only in the 10 or maybe 15 overs. Generally the ball is quite slippery, but in the sub-continent it roughs up quite quickly. This makes it easier for us to hold it, than any place like Australia or England," Price said.


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