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Kiwis did their homework well: Crocker

The 'satisfactory' performance of New Zealand were a result of 'homework', team manager Lindsay Crocker said.

india Updated: Nov 10, 2003 20:58 IST

The 'satisfactory' performance of New Zealand against India in the Test and triangular series matches were a result of 'homework' and 'mental toughness', team manager Lindsay Crocker said on Monday.

"The success against India on its soil was a result of the solid homework we did before the tour taking into consideration factors like pitch and noise conditions and climate," Crocker said.

Besides, the services of New Zealand Cricket's sports psychologist Gilbert Enoka helped players to develop mental toughness to adopt to Indian conditions and play to their potential, Crocker, who was here with the New Zealand team en route to Hyderabad, said.

The preparations, he said 'was reflected in the performance' as the Kiwis remained undefeated against India in the two test matches in Ahmedabad and Chandigarh as also in the ongoing triangular series.

The manager, however, regretted the 'disappointing' losses suffered against Australia in all the three tri-series matches.

"We did not have our full strength in the absence of Shane Bond as also an injured Chris Cairns. So the overall performance in India can be said to be somewhat satisfactory," he said.

The team manager, who refused to speak about cricketing strategy or plans for the crucial tie against India in their last league encounter of the tri-series, merely said "we are looking forward to the game."

First Published: Nov 10, 2003 19:13 IST