READER REPORT:

Black Caps saga: We've moved on

NICHOLAS MUIR
Last updated 12:00 17/06/2013
Brendon McCullum
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Brendon McCullum took over the captaincy of New Zealand from Ross Taylor.

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Six months after Ross Taylor lost the captaincy Black Caps fans give their view on whether the side is better off now.

When I heard Ross Taylor had been stood down as New Zealand captain I felt like tearing my hair out. 

Under his leadership we had achieved rare victories over Australia and Sri Lanka, and looked a side very much on the improve. 

In fact, those victories were made even sweeter because they were won on tour. 

While I felt that Martin Crowe burning his New Zealand blazer was a bit dramatic, I certainly felt his frustration.

I've always been a big fan of Brendon McCullum, and my disappointment was more at the way NZC had handled the situation than the fact he was captain.

If we had lost Ross Taylor for good, I don't know if I could have forgiven NZ Cricket and coach Mike Hesson. 

Although, I was a little skeptical about McCullum's leadership. As a fan of Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, I watched Brendon McCullum captain the side for the second edition in 2009. They were wooden spooners. 

However, I think the decision to make McCullum captain has been justified, although I'm not sure the end justifies the means. It seems as though the captain can do no wrong, and his aggressive if not sometimes unorthodox field placings have led to the taking of 20 wickets more frequently and giving our test side a chance to win matches.

What is particularly worrying about this New Zealand test side is the lack of consistency the batting department. 

This is something that has regularly plagued the Black Caps over the years. If we want to start winning tests on a regular basis, we'll need more fight from our batsmen. 

In saying this we have some very talented batsmen coming through the system at the moment, such as the likes of young Daryl Mitchell. BJ Watling has been outstanding with the bat and gloves, and will stay the incumbent keeper for a long time.

More positive is the progress of our pace attack. The quartet of Southee, Boult, Bracewell and Wagner is in my opinion currently the third best pace attack in the world, after England and South Africa. The promising factor to this attack is their age, with Wagner the oldest at 27.

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These bowlers will no doubt continue to improve and learn new tricks. Now all we need is another world class spinner. Contrary to popular belief, the test situation is looking good.

As far as one day cricket goes, the miserable whitewash against Bangladesh three years ago seems but a distant memory. The Black Caps are no longer considered underdogs against the best sides. 

Series victories against South Africa and England shows that we are capable of beating anyone, and it is great to see consistency in this format.

All in all, New Zealand have moved on from the captaincy saga. 

Hesson seems to have made the right decision, even if he went about it the wrong way. With new talent coming through all the time, this is an exciting time to be a fan of New Zealand cricket.

And, if you're still not satisfied, at least the Aussies are in a far worse state of affairs than we are. Always something to savour.


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