Batting Unit Must Step Up - Vettori

Batting Unit Must Step Up - Vettori
Batting Unit Must Step Up - Vettori
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New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has 'absolute faith' that his batsmen can bounce back from a poor display in Sri Lanka and help their side be competetive in the Champions Trophy.

New Zealand were twice dismissed cheaply in a tri-series in Sri Lanka, going down to heavy defeats by India and Sri Lanka but left-arm spinner Vettori hopes a change of scenery will herald improvement.

"Hopefully in these next couple of warm-up games, the guys who I suppose didn't perform in Sri Lanka can get some performances under their belt," speaking to New Zealand Cricket's website (

"That will bring confidence within the team," he added.

Pressed on the underperforming batting line-up, he remained confident, and positive about his team's chances.

"I think all the batsman understand that (they underperformed)," he said. "If you look at them individually, they've all got pretty good records, so it's a matter of our batting unit as a collective stepping up.

"I have absolute faith in them that they can turn it around."

New Zealand open their tournament against hosts South Africa on 24th September at Centurion Park.

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