Former New Zealand fast bowler Geoff Allott says the national team's performance in the World Cup has brought the "lost fans" back to the game, reinforcing cricket as the number one summer sport in the country.
The calm, assured manner in which New Zealand chased down South Africa`s imposing total on Tuesday to advance to their first cricket World Cup final is a hallmark of a team that has developed into a cohesive unit over the last two years.
A dejected South Africa captain AB de Villiers on Tuesday said he has no clue what he and his team will do here on after they were knocked out of the cricket World Cup by New Zealand in the first semi-final at the Eden Park here.
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has not really slept since his side`s semi-final win over South Africa on Tuesday while skipper Brendon McCullum wants to "stop and smell the roses" before the co-hosts turn their attention to the cricket World Cup final.
New Zealand`s Grant Elliott realised a childhood dream when he belted South African speedster Dale Steyn into the stand for six at Eden Park on Tuesday to get his adopted homeland into the World Cup final.
Johannesburg-born Grant Elliott dedicated New Zealand`s thrilling four-wicket win to long-suffering Kiwi fans after his undefeated 84 steered the Black Caps into a first World Cup final after six previous semi-final losses.
He might not be a big name in world cricket, but New Zealand batsman Grant Eliott played a scintillating knock against South Africa in the first semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2015 and guided the Kiwis to a 4-wicket win.
Publicly labelled "soft" by former test bowler Shane Warne only a few months ago, paceman Mitchell Starc has come of age at the cricket World Cup and could prove key to Australia`s hopes of winning a fourth trophy.