Rain fright as India, New Zealand seek to keep winning run

Nottingham and New Zealand go a fair way back in cricket. Richard Hadlee is a man who is widely recognised as one of the few people who rejuvenated cricket here in the eighties. He’s placed alongside Gary Sobers, in ways of recognition, at Trent Bridge. After that in the mid 2000s, Stephen Fleming led them to a County Championsship win here and that torch is carried down by Ross Taylor who was signed up by the county last year. Taylor’s knowledge about the ground ought to come handy when New Zealand face their first ‘big’ game of World Cup 2019.
They’ve had three wins out of three so far (against Afghanistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh) but if recent history is any indicator, this has gone according to the book so far for New Zealand. Since 2015, they enjoy a win percentage of 81.58 against anyone that’s not India, South Africa, England or Australia. Two of the aformentioned teams are next in line for New Zealand, and it is here that they lose far more than they win (36.59 %).Taylor reckons that the spinners might not like a few boundaries that are shorter and adds, “Traditionally, it can favor the batters at times, but I’m sure that bowlers will be — going to have a little bit there. It’s been out in the kettles for two or three days and hasn’t seen the sun.”It is about this that India will be a little wary about, particularly against New Zealand. This isn’t a rivalry that has history unlike the fixtures its sandwiched between. India have had a fair bit of success in recent times, winning a series earlier this year. But in Trent Boult, New Zealand have the best exploiter of Inda’s left-arm pace worries.