Stuart Broad not ready to take New Zealand lightly
England T20 skipper Stuart Broad is not ready to take things lightly in the upcoming T20 series against New Zealand. The two teams are due to meet in three-match T20 series, scheduled to be held on February 9th, 12th and 15th.
The Black Caps are surely full of spirit after beating South Africa in the ODI series. It was their first ever series win in South Africa. On the other hand, the Englishmen have lost their recent ODI series against India in India.
Under the skipper of new skipper Brendon McCullum, the Black Caps are doing well these days, and Broad is wary of the threat. He admitted that his side needs to play well in order to get the better of the Kiwis.
"We know New Zealand have just beaten South Africa in the one-day format and having played a lot of Twenty20 cricket against them, we know they’re very dangerous," Broad told reporters.
"We’ll have to prepare for that and get used to the conditions as much as we can. We know New Zealand have some fantastic Twenty20 players and that’s who we’ll concentrate on… we’ll have to be at the top of our game."
The Poms won the Test series in India, but failed to do the same in the ODIs. Although they did well in the final two ODIs, a lacklustre performance in the initial game hurt their cause very badly.
Talking about the different formats of the tours, he shared: "If we focus on New Zealand cricket and what is going to happen ahead we’ll lose sight of what we need to do."
On the other hand, the Kiwis are still facing a few injury issues. Veteran left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori is unfit, and likely to miss the Test series.
“The Test matches against England may be a stretch for me," he told Fairfax Media. The former skipper, however, hoped for his return for New Zealand’s tour to England in May.