Black Cap Faith finally rewarded

Guest Post:


At times it has been hard to be a Black Caps supporter and often it feels like there is no hope.  Just when I start to get excited and can almost sniff a reason for celebration, the inevitable happens and the hopes are again dashed.  But this year is different – this year has reminded me of the late 80s, when the likes of Hadlee and Chatfield were at their best, and we were so competitive in all forms of the game.  And it seems the worlds press agree.  

At a time when Australia, India and South Africa – the powerhouses of world cricket – are all engaged in test matches, it’s not any of their players that are creating headlines.  They are instead showcasing the individual brilliance of Brendon McCullum, but also the remarkable growth and progress of the Black Caps team.

The English have hailed Brendon McCullum as international cricket’s player of the week, the Australians have labelled him “a mould unto himself” and Asian cricket writers suggest he is “the best batsman in the world”.

The Black Caps captain has been showered with praise by the international media  after his team’s test win over Sri Lanka.

McCullum earned the man of the match award for his blistering 195, which ultimately proved the difference in New Zealand’s eight-wicket win in four days in Christchurch.

2014 has been a great year for Brendon McCullum – first New Zealand player to score 1000 runs in test matches in a calendar year – and for the Black Caps – six successive test series in a row either won or drawn!  Can they build on these successes into 2015?

With the Cricket World Cup just 44 days away, I hope that McCullum brings to the tournament the sort of individual brilliance that inspires a team, in the same way that Martin Crowe set alight the 1991/92 tournament that inspired a country to get behind the team.  I remember being in the crowd for the opening match vs Australia – just to be at the tournament was exciting and despite being 100% behind the Black Caps, my hopes weren’t high for a win – all that changed thanks to Crowe, his innovative captaincy (who can forget opening the bowling with Dipak Patel) and sensational batting.

McCullum is in the form of his life, with the bat, in the field and with his captaincy – the world press are sitting up and taking notice.  I’ve always been a supporter, through thick and thin, but right now I’m a supporter that is loving every ball.  Bring on the Basin Reserve later this week – bring on the World Cup!  The belief is there!


– Stuff


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  • cows4me

    Don’t worry they’ll return to form, just give them a couple of weeks.

    • Isherman

      Oh come on now Cows, cheer up chap, I’ll bet you have your transistor on while your’e tending your stock, or in the shed, lol.

      • Cow’s cows only listen to the Concert Programme. Chopin, is best for butterfat.

        • cows4me

          They’re not socialist cows Pete :-)

      • cows4me

        No mine quite like the Coast, soothing.

    • Dave_1924

      I’m with you Cows… disaster is never far from the good ship HMS Black Caps

  • Cowgirl

    All I can say is that I hope they are not peaking too soon – have had a love affair with cricket since my teens, and well remember how exciting the World Cup was with Crowe as captain. As I recall, we had just had a series with the English and had been pretty well hammered by them, so it was a turn up for the books when we entered the World Cup and actually were competitive, as expectations were low. It’s still a ways away for them – I’m not sure how they can maintain this momentum.

  • I imagine being a Black Caps fan is similar to being in an abusive relationship where you just can’t make yourself walk away.

    • Scott Wilkins

      Agreed, its like being a warriors fan, they just start making you believe in them again, then they start back on their normal losing ways,

  • Dairy_Flat

    Snatching defeat from the jaws of victory has been a staple of the cricket team for some time; this has made for difficult watching. Now the quandary is will me watching once more precipitate a rapid decline in form? Difficult decision.

  • LabTested

    The last time I bought a Herald was when Brendon McCullum scored 300 & the Herald made it a front page. If he had reached 200 this week I would have bought a 2nd Herald for the wall of the man cave.

  • George

    This is a “team” at the top of it’s form. Three world class batsmen, a briliant fielding side, a pace attack with depth and a world class allround keeper/batsmen. Each and every one of them could turn a game. This, I think is the strogest allround side this country has produced. Well coached and no egos. They will do well at the World Cup.

  • Cadwallader

    Brendon is supremely self-confident, upbeat and self personable. This is a man not dogged by the negativity the local msm prefers to wallow in. A nation of his ilk would be unstoppable. A true model for what all Kiwis could be!

    • Isherman

      I disagree with those that pan Brendon’s batting style as being ‘reckless’ and ‘risky’. The fact is there is potential risk in every ball faced by every batsman, no matter how ‘conservative’ and measured they are deemed to be. Sometime’s he will go cheaply, but most top order batsmen get knocked over for bugger all from time to time. I like his approach myself, cofident, able and aggressive, and we have all seen frquently enough this year what sort of damage he can do to a side singlehandedly when it works out. Not to mention he’s developed as a batsman over time, which Chris Rattue in the herald seem to miss, by saying he was wasted as a wicketkeeper. Truth is, when he entered the side originally he was not selected as a specialist batsman, he was selected as a wicket keeper that could bat. Vettori was the same, his batting game developed over time, when he started he was barely a tail ender, by the end of his spell he was a recogised batsman as well as a feared bowler.

      edit. sp.

      • taurangaruru

        Rattue, bless him. No stranger to altering his opinion to suit the current status

  • Michael Cosgrove

    The success of the Blackcaps is measured by their wins. The success of the All Blacks is measured by their losses.
    If neither team wins the world cup this year it will be Richie that the public will have the knives out for and Bazza will come through unscathed.

    • LabTested

      I was in the Stadium in Cardiff in 2007 when NZ lost to France. It was my opinion then & now that the coach & captain should both have been sacked the next day. Unforgivable that they did not have a plan B

      The hardest day of my life was was the next day when I had to catch a 8am train to Paris

    • Jas

      How can you compare the two?
      Based on playing numbers, popularity, money, depth of talent the NZ cricket team should always be around the 5-8 ranking.

      Based playing numbers, popularity, money, depth of talent the NZ rugby team should always be around the 1-2 ranking

  • island time

    The Black Caps have certainly improved. Batters and bowlers are performing in unison which is great. Best batter in the world title is generally based on at least more than one 12 month period. Don’t forget the exploits of Mark Greatbach in the 1992 CWC and again there was Patel opening with the offspinners etc.

  • BG

    You could easily argue that this team is better than the 80’s team as they’ve won more tests in a calendar year than any of them. But what is similar is that this team and that of the Hadlee/Crowe era is that they are not (and shouldn’t be) intimidated by any other team going around.

    I think we are able to puff our chests out and be proud – we’ve waited long enough!

    Well done Bmac and Hesson

  • Tony Norriss

    The good thing with NZ Cricket is the amount of depth we have at the moment. For instance, the likes of Adam Milne who can bowl at 150 clicks but can’t get into the test team. To be fair, there is probably concern about his ability to hold together for the length of a test match given his history of injuries.

    Choosing the one-day side is going to be an interesting challange. For instance, do we go in with two world-class all-rounders in Neesham and Anderson? Do we have two spinners, in Vetorri and McCullum (N)? Or do we bring in an additional pace bowler to compliment Southee and Boult. If so, who would be chosen out of Milne, Henry, and McClenaghen?

    This is a great predicament for selectors.

    • JeffW2

      Vettori and Nathan McCullum makes one spinner (the latter) and one slow bowler in my judgement. When did Vettori last spin a ball?

  • Pharmachick

    Massive cricket fan here … glad to see the boys doing well (as I remember the glory days of Cairns (Snr), Hadlee, Jeff & Martin Crowe, Chatfield, Bracewell et al). And very roiud of the coaching staff.

    am I the *only* one that misses Jesse (I know, I know).

    • Teletubby

      I think one of the major drivers of change in the Black Caps is that they have obviously introduced a no dickheads rule. Some chose to pull their socks up and those that didn’t got left behind. As much as Jesse is a stunning talent and had the potential to be among our best ever it does seem he wanted to be subject to a different set of rules to the best of the team and hence fell foul of the no dickheads policy.