Grant Elliott backs New Zealand to build on Test momentum
New Zealand's batting all-rounder Grant Elliott feels that the momentum from the Test series against England will give his side an edge when the two teams face-off in the One-Day International series that begins next week.
Dwelling on the win at Headingley, Elliott stated that the environment in the team was extremely positive.
"Probably the best thing about it is the Test match win," said Elliott.
"The guys that played in that have come back with a lot of energy."
New Zealand’s performances in the shorter version have been as good as their Test match form having made their first World Cup final earlier this year.
Elliott was also instrumental in winning games for New Zealand during the World Cup with his semi-final knock against South Africa being the highlight.
The five-match series against England will be New Zealand's first commitment in ODIs since the World Cup and Elliott stated that his teammates are raring to go.
"We've been pretty successful at white-ball cricket lately.
“So the boys are looking forward to whacking the white ball around a bit.”
Among New Zealand’s victims in the World Cup were England who got decimated by a Tim Southee spell in Wellington.
However, Elliott isn’t willing to underestimate Eoin Morgan’s England side for the ODI series citing the new-look side and home conditions as the reasons.
"We can see a lot of players that are going to be pretty motivated to do well against us," he said.
"They'll be motivated not only to keep their place in the team but also to make an impression."
New Zealand’s previous ODI series on England soil in 2013 ended in a 2-1 win for McCullum’s men.
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