New Zealand Herald – CRICKET
They don’t come for a tour of New Zealand just for the kicks — the Ockers come to conquer despite the glorious Hawke’s Bay weather.
- “We don’t come all this way to go back with our tails between our legs, you know, because that’s the way Australians play the game and so do the Kiwis,” said Aussie skipper Greg Quinn in that unmistakable twang after the hosts won the toss and elected to inject the tourists at the picturesque Clifton Country Cricket Club ground in the 45-over affair in Te Awanga from 11am.
- It is something they would tweak again against their rivals in another 45-over game at Matapihi ground at Mt Maunganui from 11am tomorrow before the third and final 50-over “test match” at the University CC Merton Rd, Glenn Innes, venue on Sunday.
- Describing the Clifton wicket as “interesting”, Quinn said they had played on “low and slow” strips before arriving here but found the Queenstown one, for the opening 50-over “test”, a nice one.
- While they were familiar with each other as players because of their state championship across the ditch, Quinn said they had five debutants in their mix and didn’t have much time to gel before their trip in New Zealand although three of them had been together since 2015.
- New Zealand Over-60s wicketkeeper Kim Whittington watches as Australia batsman Pat Henry scores for an unbeaten 12 at Clifton Country Cricket Park yesterday.