Cairns: Test victory welcome amid 'distraction'

CHRIS CAIRNS
Last updated 05:00 15/12/2013

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OPINION: It won't surprise anybody if I say it's been an unbelievably tense week for me and the end result was I didn't get to see anywhere near as much of New Zealand's second-test victory over the Windies as I would've liked.

You could say I have been distracted.

But while I am no wiser than this time last week about the linking of my name to an ICC anti-corruption investigation, I'm also trying to go about a normal life, including fronting up in last night's charity Fight For Life boxing extravaganza.

And "normal" for me is talking a lot about cricket.

So on that note, I'm happy to be writing about something positive.

I was impressed with what I did see in the Wellington test.

We all know New Zealand were really unlucky in the first test in Dunedin and lessons were learned. They did just about everything right and gained an understanding on what it takes to seal a win.

That education was evident in Wellington, where more familiarity with certain situations led to stronger and more sustained individual and team performances. The team's growth from the first test to the second was superb.

Ross Taylor laid down a blueprint on how to construct a strong test innings. He is now being talked about alongside Glenn Turner and Martin Crowe in terms of pure talent, and is rightly regarded as one of New Zealand's finest players. The best might also be yet to come, too. I feel we are going to see some tremendous years ahead from Ross.

Trent Boult is a class performer and a left-arm swing bowler is invaluable in the team mix. Add Corey Anderson's contribution, and it's clear we also have a genuine all-rounder.

But one of the unsung heroes of the team is BJ Watling. He is a very important part of the test side and he continues to chip away with invaluable performances and consistency.

New Zealand has shown that if conditions favour the Black Caps, they can be very dangerous.

There is nothing wrong with having a bit of moisture in the wicket. That's what we should be doing in New Zealand.

Those conditions ask questions of the opposition's technique. In India, the same questions are asked via spin bowling. In New Zealand it's done with seam bowling.

You've got to have good technique to conquer those challenges, so I say let's see more of it.

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