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Southee& boult selfassurance new zealand attack in final of world cup 2015 556 views
Martin Guptill brightened Wellington with the highest score in the history of the world. Eden Park exploded when Grant Elliott launched Dale Steyn for a winning party of six as it had done when Kane Williamson did the same outside Pat Cummins. Brendon McCullum has batted like a man who thinks that this is five on cricket not fifty and more
The batsmen will have to adapt to the large size of the MCG during the final of the World Cup 2015 on Sunday against Australia but more reliable total attack round the world will have to adapt also. New Zealand has the portillo leading taker of the tournament Trent Boult with 21 lands at 15.76 and the equal leading spinner Daniel Vettori with 15 to 18.80. Tim Southee and Corey Anderson made four of 12 main pedestrian takers built in.
They are the only team that has no embedded a total of more than 300 in this World Cup 2015 while South Africa were on the way to put an end to that streak when rain halted their progress into the semifinals. Drop in the MCG pitch may be unknown to some of the players from New Zealand and the vast expanses of open field may be more difficult to protect but Southee was confident that the attack would be able to transfer their success through the Tasman.
"A little swing would be nice, but it has not moved for us in all the games and we have found a way to make windows" said Southee at the MCG on Friday. "I believe that's the attractiveness of our attack. We have variety to it and if do not turn into a little more dangerous. But found ways to take windows when it is not swinging.
"One of our strengths is that we have adapted to the conditions. We are familiar with the conditions in New Zealand but they were different in the different reasons that we have played on. We have managed to adapt as the game advances and that portillo has launched us. No change here. If we see something we will try to adapt as the game progresses. "
Southee played at the MCG before but it will be the first time for his new partner-ball Boult whose turnaround and accuracy destroyed Australia at Eden Park earlier in the tournament. Given its success in this campaign it is remarkable to think that Boult was not a regular in the side ODI in the beginning of the summer and he had played only 16 one day international matches before the start of the World Cup 2015.
But the conditions of Australia are not at all alien to Boult for his international debut occurred at Bellerive Oval four years ago when the ball is opened and dried races to help deliver a triumphant test on Australia victory. It was the same series in which Mitchell Starc made his test debut and though Starc's greatest success has come in ODIs Boult was largely seen as a long-form player.
"It was a matter of time until it became a more permanent fixture on the side of a day" said Southee. "He only cultivates other leg and what he has done in the last couple of months has been incredible. He keeps getting better and better.
"It's great to shoot with him knowing that you have someone you trust on the other end that will do a great job and keep the pressure on the batsmen. We have a huge partnership and a high-quality friendship off the meadow. I can't state how proud I am and what he has done in the last couple of months "."
The success of a half turn and seam attack conducted by Boult perhaps another key member of the New Zealand attack has overshadowed this campaign along with Vettori carried out his life quietly and effectively as it has done for nearly two decades. His composed nature was on display with a stunning catch in the quarter final against the West Indies and when was in the crease at the end of the victory in the semi final in South Africa.
He was also responsible for converting the match against Australia when Brendon McCullum looked to him as soon as the seventh most of the game. Vettori immediately slowed the rate of scoring of Australia and picked up two important wickets in what became a low rated intense competition. It wouldn't be a surprise if Vettori is called back to the first hour of the final.
The size of the Earth will make it difficult for Australia to get after Vettori although that in turn could affect their ability to make windows. If they believe that they cannot delete the limit above Australians are likely to push Vettori around and show him the respect that he has earned in the previous meetings.