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struck 89 off 67 balls
against Ireland in the
team s opening match
in the ICC World Cup
at Saxton Oval in New
"We face City just
as we did last year
and it s a team that
has a lot of great
players. It s going to
be a really difficult
anticipates a tough
match against Man-
chester City next week
in the Champions
(Ext: 2213, 2711,
New Zealand has reached the
World Cup semifinals six times,
including on home soil in 1992, but
has never gone on to the final. Some
senior players feel that might change
"My previous four World Cups
there has been some trepidation
moving into it but this one feels like a
good solid squad that is ready," 36-
year-old Daniel Vettori said.
"Rather than stumbling into a
World Cup like we may have done in
the past, we can go into it with all our
bases covered and everybody firing."
The bowling group is tight, and
there are power hitters throughout
the batting order, starting with
skipper Brendon McCullum at the top.
"The guys we have in this squad
are very humble and very level in
their emotions and that helps you to
deal with those expectations and
some of the pressures that come on,"
"That's what this World Cup is
going to require, and I believe we've
got the men to do it."
Confidence high on New Zealand radar
Australia coach Darren Lehmann
is saying what a lot of people often
think during the Cricket World Cup.
It needs to be shortened.
Lehmann s squad has a seven-day
gap between its opening victory over
England and its next Pool A match
against Bangladesh in Brisbane tomor-
row, cyclonic winds and torrential rain
permitting. Australia s third group
match---against co-host New Zealand
in Auckland---isn t until February 28.
"I think we can condense the tour-
nament a little bit to be honest,"
Lehmann told a Melbourne radio sta-
tion. "A week in between is a long time."
The logistics of conducting a World
Cup in 14 cities across two countries
make scheduling matches tricky.
In the only match yesterday, for
instance, Zimbabwe played for the sec-
ond time in four days and beat United
Arab Emirates---the last of the 14 teams
to play its first match---by four wickets.
Zimbabwe, coming off a loss to South
Africa, reached 286--6 with 12 balls to
spare in reply to the UAE s 285--7.
Shaiman Anwar scored 67 and 43-
year-old Khurram Khan scored 45 for
the Emirates team after being sent in
to bat at Nelson, New Zealand. After
slipping to 167--5, Zimbabwe rallied on
Sean Williams unbeaten 76.
Off-spinner Mohammad Tauqir, who
became the World Cup s oldest captain
at 43, took 2--51 before Williams hit
three consecutive fours for the winning
Lehmann s point about the schedule
is well-taken. The World Cup group
phase involves 42 matches in a month,
followed by quarterfinals and semifinals
before the March 29 final. All up, more
than seven weeks.
Lehmann is by no means the first to
question the length of the tournament.
Then International Cricket Council
chief executive Malcolm Speed said
during the 2007 World Cup in the
Caribbean that seven weeks was too
"We listen to criticism, and there
has been a lot of it...so we ll look to
make it shorter," Speed said then. "We ll
seek to reduce this 47-day World Cup
(including warmup games) by seven or
10 days, and hopefully we ll get it down
to somewhere between five and six
weeks next time."
"Next time" has happened twice
since, still with no shortening of the
schedule. Although there s plans to cut
the number of competing teams from
14 to ten at the 2019 World Cup.
While New Zealand prepared to take
on England on Friday at Wellington,
Australia s match on Saturday against
Bangladesh---which is coming off a win
over Afghanistan in Canberra on
Wednesday---remains in doubt due to
a cyclone off the Queensland state
Cyclone Marcia was expected to hit
the coast overnight Thursday about
600 kilometres (400 miles) north of
Brisbane---just over 48 hours before the
Gabba match is scheduled to begin---
and forecasters predicted more than
200 millimetres (eight inches) of rain
in the area over the next several days.
The weather was much more pleas-
ant yesterday in New Zealand s capital
of Wellington---mostly sunny and a
high of 23 Celsius (73 Fahrenheit)---
where England will attempt to get over
its opening 111-run loss to Australia.
New Zealand had a 98-run win over
Sri Lanka in the tournament opener
and followed up with a three-wicket
win over Scotland on Tuesday.
The match comes with England cap-
tain Eoin Morgan seriously out of form,
making four ducks in his last five
"I d love you to explain it to me
because I don t understand it," Morgan
said of his slump.
"You don t look any further than
what s in front of you and I ve done
that but it hasn t worked. I believe it
will work and when it does hopefully
I can cash in on it and either make a
New Zealand will take an unchanged
lineup into the match at Wellington s
Regional Stadium, where it has won
nine of its last 11 ODIs.
Australia's Mitchell Marsh
2nd right, is congratulated by
team-mates after taking the
wicket of England's captain
Eoin Morgan during their
Cricket World Cup pool A
match in Melbourne,
Australia, Saturday. AP PHOTO
ICC CRICKET WORLD CUP
Way too long
...says Australia coach Darren Lehmann
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