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‘Hard to distinguish between Oz and India’

cricket Updated: Apr 08, 2009 00:12 IST
Anand Vasu
Anand Vasu
Hindustan Times
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It was more of the same old story for Daniel Vettori as his team got away with a draw in the final Test. "We have been inconsistent, but we have only lost one Test this season," Vettori said on Tuesday.

"We have to improve our consistency. We do things well for a period of time, but the longevity of what we do is the thing that is causing me the most stress. We are not justifying the talent we have with the level of our results. We know we are still number eight in the world, and we have to get off that as soon as possible."

Vettori admitted that India outclassed the hosts in all departments.

"India obviously outplayed us in all departments, they obviously dominated the game. You can throw in Australia, South Africa and India, and they are the three best teams in the world. It's hard to distinguish between the three at the moment."

When asked if he was surprised by how late India declared Vettori said, "I read some comments this morning on the rain forecasts about everyday we have played this summer."

Vettori said he might have declared earlier, but for different reasons. "So you can understand it, they weren't sure whether it would rain or not. They dominated the Test, they had the prerogative to make the declaration anytime they wanted.

Their bowlers were fresh, so had it been us, we would have tried to declare earlier because of the nature of our attack. We would have needed more time, but they bowled us out in 65 overs in the first innings, so they backed themselves to do that again."

The New Zealand captain also had no complaints about the Basin Reserve pitch.

"Obviously, we wanted a wicket here that we could force a result on. That meant we wanted something that had a little bit going on it in the first couple of days. I saw it from that. If I took a completely neutral wicket, I think that one is one of the best Test wickets I have played on. It was a fantastic deck, had everything in it that you want from a Test wicket."