Ex-Test skipper Rutherford calls for `belief in technique` of Black

Ex-Test skipper Rutherford calls for 'belief in technique' of Black Caps for upcoming Tests against England

Last Updated: Sun, Mar 03, 2013 11:20 hrs

Former test captain Ken Rutherford has asked New Zealand's top-order, including his son Hamish, to start believing in themselves for the upcoming Test series against England if they want to get an edge on their rivals' new ball seam attack.

The Black Caps top order, which included Hamish Rutherford and BJ Watling, was battered in the recent one-day series against England, as the duo struggled with the pace and movement to give to the white ball, Stuff.co.nz reports.

Rutherford, who played 54 tests between 1985 and 1995, said that unless the top four New Zealand batsmen showed confidence in their techniques, they are going to face a difficult time at the upcoming Tests.

Adding that watching his son Hamish and Watling play at Eden Park gave him the feeling that the match was already lost, Rutherford said that the players seemed resigned to the fact that their techniques would be deeply tested with a good bowling show by James Anderson and Steven Finn.

The former Test captain said that New Zealand players needed to have belief in their techniques to knock off the English side, instead of concentrating on just scoring boundaries, adding that the opening session against the English bowlers could prove to be the most crucial of the entire test series. (ANI)

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