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Bracewell using Pak lesson to cope with SA

New Zealand will be turning to psychology to overcome their fears about South Africa's powerful cricket side, coach John Bracewell said.

india Updated: Feb 15, 2004 15:10 IST

New Zealand will be turning to psychology to overcome their fears about South Africa's powerful cricket side, coach John Bracewell told reporters on Sunday.

South Africa won the first of six one-day cricket internationals last week, but Bracewell was quick to refute suggestions the Proteas had already gained a mental advantage ahead of the second match here Tuesday.

But he said the team would be using lessons learned in overcoming Pakistani pace bowler Mohammad Sami in last month's series which New Zealand won.

"I was told that Mohammad Sami had a psychological grip over us, now he's seeing a psychologist," Bracewell said.

"If you do get to that position you've got to work on a strategy to overcome it. That's what we did with Sami, how we get under his skin and combat what he did.

"We reduced him to a mere mortal which he hadn't been in the past, and we have to try and do the same here."

Bracewell had a terse response to any suggestions New Zealand would find it hard to recover in this series from their opening defeat.

"I don't count anything by history. We lost one game and we've got five to go. We lost one against Pakistan as well, and the perception was the world had fallen on our heads then."

First Published: Feb 15, 2004 15:10 IST