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coach Mike Hesson says an
arm injury suffered by captain
Brendon McCullum in Satur-
day s Cricket World Cup match
against Australia "looks okay"
and he should be fit to play in
New Zealand s next match
Hesson said McCullum
"looks like Popeye"---a reference
to the cartoon sailor with
bulging forearms---after being
struck on the arm by Australia
fast bowler Mitchell Johnson
during the match which New
Zealand won by one wicket.
But, he said, "it's just deep
bruising. It's pretty swollen so
we'll try to get that swelling
down first and we'll make
another assessment in a day or
so but it looks okay. I'm not a
doctor but all the information
I get is that it will be fine."
New Zealand plays
Afghanistan at Napier on Sun-
Injured arm no threat to McCullum's future
(Ext: 2213, 2711,
Despite his team's
colossal loss to South
Africa, West Indies cap-
tain JASON HOLDER
stood tall with an
"I do feel for Jason,
not during the game
but after, it was very
tough on him."
South Africa bats-
man AB DE VILLIERS
on his batting assault
on youthful West Indies
captain Jason Holder.
WELLINGTON---After a pause to catch
their breath, Australia and New
Zealand have begun to pick over the
bones of Saturday s thrilling Cricket
World Cup match at Eden Park, eager
to determine what it tells them about
the teams and the tournament.
Had New Zealand won emphatically,
as it seemed they might do when it
bowled out Australia for 151, it might
have said it had usurped Australia as
the tournament favourite. But the teams
were shown to be so evenly matched,
with both possessing outstanding swing
attacks which meant one mis-hit made
the difference, that the secrets the
match holds may take time to unearth.
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson
said, "I think there will be a lot of learn-
ings from it."
One of the obvious conclusions is
that batsmen from both sides aren't
entirely comfortable against top-class
swing bowling, especially when that
swing is achieved with ruthless accuracy
and at speeds of more than 145kmh.
Trent Boult took 5-27 for New
Zealand delivering just that kind of
assault, bowling three of his victims,
while Mitchell Starc for Australia, bowl-
ing a few clicks faster, took 6-28.
"There was some high quality swing
bowling," Hesson said. "I think we saw
once the lacquer came off the ball, the
ball started to swing more which is
probably a character trait of the Dukes
ball rather than the white Kookabur-
"That's unusual and that's something
that I guess two white balls can show
that you can have bowler-dominated
games as well."
Australia captain Michael Clarke
admitted his batsmen might have erred
in their preparation for the match by
practicing their power games more than
their defense against the swinging deliv-
ery. But there may have been little
defense against swing bowling of the
quality Boult and Starc produced
throughout the game and any re-match
between the teams seems likely to again
be bowler dominated.
"I think Mitchell Starc normally
swings the new ball, swings it for an
over or so," said Hesson. "But, as I said,
the fact that the ball swung in his sec-
ond spell more than the first was unex-
"I think Tim (Southee) showed that
(against England in Wellington). I think
the characteristics of the ball sometimes
(play a part) and sometimes there's just
a high-pressure zone created some-
where that allows it to swing.
"That's something that we're going
to prepare for and look at doing better
The importance of Saturday's match
was much debated before it took place
and is still being questioned a day after
its completion. New Zealand's fourth-
straight win means that, with matches
remaining in Pool A against Afghanistan
and Bangladesh, it is likely to finish
atop the pool and ahead of Australia.
The win also likely gave New Zealand
a psychological boost as several of its
players---Boult among them---had never
played a one-day international against
"There's always a bit of mystique
surrounding Australia," Hesson said.
"I think we'll be far better off for having
that game against them.
"Obviously where you're ranked in
pool play is hugely significant not only
in terms of where you play and who
you play (in the quarterfinals) and if
there's rain later in the tournament
where you're positioned is very impor-
"So (the win) gives us a good chance
to further progress in the tournament."
Australian bowler Mitchell Starc, celebrates with teammate Aaron Finch after taking the wicket of New Zealand's Tim
Southee during their Cricket World Cup match in Auckland, New Zealand, Saturday. AP PHOTO
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