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DUNEDIN---New Zealand coach
Mike Hesson s assurances that
his team won t take Scotland
lightly when they meet in a Crick-
et World Cup Pool A match today
is more than just the usual plat-
itudes that emerge when a high-
ly-favoured team meets a weaker
When New Zealand, in the guise
of a New Zealand XI, met Scotland
in a World Cup warmup match in
Christchurch four months ago it
needed a wicket from the last ball
of the match to win by a single
run. That was a sobering-enough
warning to Hesson and his players
of the perils of taking any team
lightly, and Scotland in particular.
"I think I ve stated before, I think
there will be number of upsets in
this tournament and I think that
if sides take any side lightly, they ll
get turned over," Hesson said.
"We ll certainly prepare and
scout as best we can with Scot-
land," he added. "We don t have
a heck of a lot of footage, but what
we do we ve got some good infor-
mation. We ll prepare as well as
we do for any international."
Hesson bridled at the suggestion
New Zealand might use a rotational
selection policy in "lesser games,"
although he acknowledged there
might be changes to the team that
beat Sri Lanka by 98 runs in its
opening match Saturday.
"We don t define them as lesser
games, to be fair," Hesson said.
"Scotland smashed Ireland and
they ve put a lot of sides under
pressure so we ll respect Scotland
as much as we do every other
New Zealand captain Brendon
McCullum was more blunt.
"We re not good enough to take
any team for granted," he said.
"We ve got to make sure we re on
our game and make sure we treat
it as if we re playing one of the
bigger teams because at this World
Cup ... the associate teams have
players who are capable of standing
up and making things uncomfort-
able for you."
New Zealand allrounder Corey
Anderson, who played in the close-
ly-won warmup match at Lincoln,
Christchurch, said there was risk
in thinking any game at this tour-
nament would be easy.
"It s a World Cup. You have to
treat every game the same," he
said. "It s obviously a cliche. But
we probably got put in our place
a little bit in Lincoln when they
did give us a run. They showed us
they have players who can play
and bowlers who can bowl.
"We don t want to be two or
three down early on, otherwise
we ll be chasing our tails. We ll
treat them as a very good side and
go about our way."
Scotland captain Preston
Mommsen said the experience of
playing New Zealand late last year,
and losing so narrowly, had rein-
forced his team s confidence ahead
of Tuesday s match at the Univer-
"It gave us great confidence of
taking a full member country play-
ing very good cricket close," the
South African-born Mommsen
said. "We take great confidence
from that but we know we ve got
to start again on Tuesday (today).
We ve got to earn the right to take
the game deep."
Scotland can t disguise the
deficit in experience between its
relatively young team and New
Coach Grant Bradburn, the for-
mer New Zealand allrounder,
pointed out that Daniel Vettori,
with 287 one-day internationals,
had played more ODIs than all of
his squad combined.
Scotland, along with Ireland and
other associate teams face the
prospect of exclusion from the
World Cup when it becomes a 10-
team competition in England in
2019. The team has a chance in
Tuesday s match and throughout
the tournament to make plan the
folly of that decision.
"We were obviously very unhap-
py with that news," Mommsen said
"We re trying to stay in this
moment of 2015; obviously it s a
huge opportunity being here so
we re trying not to think too far
"It s is called a World Cup for
a reason, because it s a global event.
You may as well call (at 10-team
World Cup) the Champions Trophy
New Zealand's Brendon McCullum, left, sweeps the ball in front of Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara during the
opening match of the Cricket World Cup at Christchurch, New Zealand, on Saturday. AP PHOTO
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