Mumbai, March 16 (IANS) New Zealand’s stand-in-skipper Ross Taylor Wednesday said his bowlers are focussing on reverse swing which, he feels, is proving more effective in getting wickets than seam and spin in this World Cup.
Spinners were expected to be the game turners on slow sub-continental tracks, but fast bowlers have been as effective. There are as many as six pacers among top-10 wicket-takers.
“Well, we don’t have a bowler with express pace, so we try to bowl line and length attacking the stumps and try to move the ball around a bit. What our bowlers have been trying to do is reverse swing more and I think that’s how a lot of other teams have got wickets,” Taylor said ahead of their Group A encounter against Sri Lanka Friday.
The 27-year-old attacking batsman says he is enjoying his role as an interim captain in the absence of Daniel Vettori, who is nursing a right knee injury.
“Captaincy is something I enjoy. Danny (Vettori) is our captain and it is disappointing not to have him in the side. When he is not around, I enjoy captaining the country. It makes you more involved in the game and have a little more influence on the proceedings,” Taylor said.
The Black Caps had the taste of conditions and the pitch at the revamped Wankhede Stadium where they played Canada Sunday. Taylor was quick to admit that they are happy playing Sri Lanka at a neutral venue and would like to enter the knockout stage with a win. Both the teams have already qualified for the quarterfinals.
“We have got some confidence going after winning a few games. Sri Lanka are a good side and we have played them a lot in recent times. We know each other very well. It is an important match leading into the quarterfinals. If we win, we will be a lot more confident and take the momentum into the quarterfinals,” he said.
Co-hosts Sri Lanka are unhappy with their last league match scheduled away from home.
“It is an advantage to us that we have a match here. It is a disadvantage anyway to Sri Lanka as they won’t have the home crowd support here. But I am sure they would have a lot of support here,” Taylor said.
“It is good to have a day’s break as we had been traveling for the games. Sri Lanka is a professional side and I don’t think it would affect them.”
Taylor, who roared into explosive form with his dazzling century against Pakistan, rejected the suggestion of coming up the order, pointing out that the lower-order batting is their strength.
“No, I won’t be coming up the order. Brendon McCullum and Martin Guptill have been outstanding and set a platform for us. Jesse Ryder has been in good form back home, probably hasn’t had the the same opportunities as he would like to, but is still striking the ball well. The top order has been our key for laying the foundation. Our other strength is lower order batting and the power hitters we have.”
Asked about the ground here, Taylor said: “It is a lovely ground. Boundaries here are a little bit short and straight. There was a little bit of movement during our match against Canada, but against Sri Lanka we have an afternoon start, so that should not be a problem.”