Australians might have been stunned by the collapse of their much-vaunted batting line-up in the face of brilliant New Zealand bowling at the weekend but the fall of one particular wicket was no surprise to anyone.
Veteran slow-bowler Daniel Vettori was hailed on Sunday as the "unsung hero" of New Zealand`s knife-edge one-wicket World Cup win over Australia for applying the brakes on the four-time champions just when they threatened a run rampage.
Veteran spinner Daniel Vettori said Thursday that New Zealand would stick with their tried and trusted "casual" pre-match routine rather than let the enormity of Saturday`s World Cup clash against Australia overwhelm them.
New Zealand are in something of a groove after playing a lot of one-day cricket in recent months and will face England with an unchanged side in their third World Cup match, skipper Brendan McCullum said on Thursday.
Daniel Vettori, whose battered body has endured a series of injuries which would have ended the career of a less determined cricketer long ago, gave a master class in orthodox left-arm spin on the opening day of the cricket World Cup on Saturday.
Kumar Sangakkara scored an unbeaten 113 and then returned to break the world record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in one-day internationals as Sri Lanka beat New Zealand by 34 runs in the seventh and final match in Wellington on Thursday.
Daniel Vettori, who played his 280th ODI Sunday against Sri Lanka to become New Zealand's most capped player, Monday said he was feeling confident and fit ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup that bowls off in Australia and New Zealand Feb 14.