Re­build­ing N Zealand pun­ished for ‘trep­i­da­tion’: Hes­son

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New Zealand’s re­build­ing one-day international side played with “trep­i­da­tion” against a resur­gent Aus­tralia and their lack of in­ten­sity in the field con­trib­uted to a 3-0 se­ries white­wash, Black Caps coach Mike Hes­son said.

Aus­tralia, fired by an­other match-win­ning cen­tury from opener David Warner, com­pleted the sweep with a 117-run rout of the tour­ing side at the Mel­bourne Cricket Ground on Fri­day.

That fol­lowed a pair of sting­ing losses for the Black Caps in Syd­ney and Can­berra, mag­ni­fy­ing a steep de­cline since Bren­don McCul­lum’s team con­tested the World Cup fi­nal against the same op­po­nents last year.

“The first cou­ple of games I’d de­scribe them as a pas­sive per­for­mance, es­pe­cially in the field and with the ball,” Hes­son told re­porters.

“There were some good signs (in Mel­bourne) with a more com­plete per­for­mance with the ball and in the field but we weren’t able to back that up with the bat. “The en­ergy and in­ten­sity in the field is some­thing we’ve re­ally in­stilled into who­ever has come into the group and those first cou­ple of games that was the most dis­ap­point­ing, that we didn’t of­fer as much as we needed to in the field and didn’t back up our bowlers enough.

“We haven’t played well at all. We’ve played a side with a lit­tle bit of trep­i­da­tion. It’s ex­posed us in some ar­eas that we knew a lit­tle bit about but it’s shown us we’ve got plenty of room to move.”

With Ross Tay­lor scratched from the tour to have eye surgery, opener Martin Gup­till and all-rounder James Nee­sham were the only New Zealand bats­men to ex­cel with the bat in Kane Wil­liamson’s team.

Opener Tom Latham, BJ Watling and all­rounder Mitchell Sant­ner had dread­ful se­ries, all av­er­ag­ing un­der 12.

Pace spear­head Trent Boult bat­tled hard for his six wick­ets but had pre­cious lit­tle sup­port un­til Mel­bourne, where left-arm spin­ner Sant­ner and Colin de Grand­homme made be­lated con­tri­bu­tions.

“We’ve lost 10 play­ers from our side from a year ago and we’ve got some play­ers there who are try­ing to find their feet in international cricket,” said Hes­son. “They’ve played against a very good side and some have shown glimpses and others have been found a lit­tle bit want­ing in ar­eas where we thought they’d be bet­ter in.” New Zealand take on a newly-con­fi­dent Bangladesh in an­other three-match one-day se­ries from Dec. 26 in Christchurch be­fore three T20s and a two-test se­ries against the same side in Jan­uary. — Reuters

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