Black Caps saga: In a better place
Six months on, are Black Caps better off?
Six months after Ross Taylor lost the captaincy of the Black Caps, fans give their view on whether the side is better off.
Neither Ross Taylor or Brendon McCullum had a strong international team of players to work with. The inadequacies show against good quicks and good slow bowling.
The mindset that allows these weaknesses to roll right through the team is the problem. The most recent shock at Lords carried into the next game. They were all waiting to fail.
Did the players show they were overcoming this under Taylor? No. Have they shown more resilience under McCullum? Not really.
However, under McCullum there are some examples of positive change. He is positive and tries things and most commentators respect his field management. To be fair there was little evidence of innovation under Taylor.
I think both captains are fine young men and I wonder whether the performance under Taylor was more a symptom of some pretty straight-jacketed management.
John Wright did resign and then win the IPL. Perhaps that says something and I am hopeful that McCullum isn't fighting management. He seems to click with the coach and the players seem to be trying hard.
I think we are in a better place now.
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