It wont be easy but there might be a slim chance.
Openers– Vital, who ever plays in this spot, if the kiwis fail again in getting a good start,I think the battle is already half lost. It sets the tune for the rest of the batting lineup. Honestly speaking if they keep out Johnson I think they will have no real trouble in scoring runs against Lee and the rest if they see out the new ball.
Vettori– Needs to step up his bowling duties. He usually does well in Australia andI think he can afford to bring himself on a bit earlier than he did in the first test. The Australian middle order are always suspect against decent spin, so it’s a good idea to test them out early rather than letting them settle down against the medium pacers.
Make every chance count– Simon Katich was dropped on around 80 odd, with the overall lead at 225 or so. If that catch had been taken Australia could have been bowled out for under 250.
Those are the defining moments in a test match. If the kiwis are to win, all these half chances need to converted.
Attack 24×7– no one is going to win a test match in Australia buy sitting back. Vettori needs to ring the changes and keep the team interested at all times. As soon as you let the game drift, Australia will seize the opportunity. Whether they are batting or bowling NZ must make sure they have aggressive intent. Picking up the singles and not getting bogged down like How and Redmond did in both innings. And continously look for scoring opportunities.
I’m always for the underdogs.
So give em hell.
Added you buddy 🙂
And NZ cannot get past Aussies yet….
sam , thanks for adding me, will be adding you over the weekend 🙂