Radio New Zealand – The Black Caps need to not only recognise they have a problem winning series deciding matches but also deal with the issue properly says a leading sports psychologist.
- The Black Caps need to not only recognise they have a problem winning series deciding matches but also deal with the issue properly says a leading sports psychologist.
- Of their last nine ODI bi-lateral series four have come down to series deciders and the Black Caps have lost each of them – twice to India, once to Pakistan and last weekend’s one against England.
- Sports psychologist Gary Hermansson, who has worked with Olympic athletes and several New Zealand national teams says the issue is a common problem.
- Professor Hermansson believes a large part of the problem is the emphasis that is placed on sport in New Zealand society.
- Black Caps coach Mike Hesson has often talked of the side not getting too hyped up over winning or too down about losing but Professor Hermansson said “that’s Mike’s way of taking away the favourites tag and perhaps give the side a bit more freedom to go in with lesser expectations which can help a bit but we have to be able to go a little bit further than that if we are to make a difference.