READER REPORT:

Black Caps must use SA as stepping stone

JAMES LAWLER
Last updated 09:50 28/01/2013
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TIME TO CELEBRATE: The Black Caps celebrate the wicket of Quinton de Kock from the Proteas during the 1st One Day International.

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Before the one day series in South Africa I thought I was going to rip in to the Black Caps along with other fellow followers of this great game.

But now have the Black Caps have turned it around?

The Black Caps have never been consistent with getting victories since having a big victory in a format of the game. Just look at a few examples. The win in Australia in Hobart in the second and final test of the tour. Everyone thought they were going to turn it around but since then they haven't really done anything. They have slipped to their worst ranking ever.

Another one was just recently when we beat Sri Lanka for the first time in 14 years. But that lead on more humiliation since then and our worst test ever against South Africa.

Now that the Black Caps have won the one day series, I hope that they can use this series win as stepping stone for the future and start to get more consistent. There is still huge work to be done, like at the top of the order batting. We still don't have a batsman that can stick around for a long time and do the basics well. Who do we bring in? Do we stick with Guptill or do we bring in Ryder, who I believe is the best batsman in the country at the moment? Can domestic cricket form count for anything or is it just a huge gap?

My preferred batting top seven is Ryder, Watling, Williemson (C), Taylor, Vettori, Elliot, Mccullum (WK).

I'm a big believer in the Black Caps. I hope they can get right and that we can be really proud of our national cricket side. I hope that they can use this a stepping stone for future series, starting with the one against England.


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