Black Caps confident of success
New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori is confident going into Tuesday's Twenty20 match against Australia, especially after his good form against the Aussies and recent good Black Cap performances at the WACA.
The Perth Twenty20 contest is a sell-out and Vettori can't wait to get out there to hopefully build some confidence leading into the Chappell-Hadlee Series starting Friday in Adelaide.
"It's pretty exciting. We always enjoy coming to Australia even though we know it's a tough test. There couldn't be a better way to start off than with a Twenty20, which everyone seems to be biting onto and loving the concept," Vettori said.
"It's momentum that we look to take out of it. Whichever team wins will take confidence into the one-day series. It is short and sharp with three matches in a short period of time, so whichever team can grab an advantage will make the most of it heading into the Adelaide game."
Despite losing 2-0 in the Test series and 2-1 in the one-dayers in South Africa, Vettori is glad they arrive in Australia after the tough tour and hope to build momentum against the Aussies before hosting England.
"We were disappointed in South Africa, we started to come good in the one-dayers, and we look at this as the starting point to a big summer for us," he said.
"We are normally a little underdone coming into tours, but we come here off a very tough tour of South Africa, which has put us in good stead to come here. Hopefully coming off hard cricket will give us some advantage."
While many bowlers, especially spinners, might be daunted by the prospect of bowling to a line-up including Adam Gilchrist and Andrew Symonds, Vettori has dismissed Symonds 10 times in one-day internationals and looks forward to the challenge.
"I've bowled to Symonds on numerous occasions and had the better of him most of the time. You never worry about guys in particular form, you just go out there and worry about your own game," he said.
"I know our guys will not be going out there worrying about what their guys can do because we've played them so much. One-day and Twenty20 cricket goes so quick, so you just worry about what you are doing yourself."
While Vettori is still convinced the Twenty20 format is made for batsman, he felt he and off-spinner Jeetan Patel did well at the World Twenty20 in South Africa, and sees an important place for spinners and part-timers.
"I thought myself and Jeetan did well to keep the runs down at the World Cup. If you look through the wicket takers, the spinners did a pretty good job, but that's not taking away that I think it's a batsman's game," he said.
"The wicket out there looks like it will be reasonably slow and the part-timers in Twenty20 are important as well. They can get under the guard by getting through overs quickly."