10 May, 2021

High On Potential, Low On Confidence

Sir Richard Hadlee throws light on New Zealand's strengths and failings

High On Potential, Low On Confidence

Confidence will be the key. During the 1980s, New Zealand cricket witnessed a ‘golden era’. Wean unbeaten record at home in Test cricket during the decade, besides winning an away series against Australia in 1985-86. We had achieved international credibility.

But between 1987 and 1990, New Zealand lost a number of veterans. Lance Cairns, Jeremy Coney, Ewan Chatfield, John Bracewell and I retired, leaving gaps to fill and opportunities for younger players to prove their ability.

Since the start of the 1990s there have been some humiliating defeats, which suggest that our emerging players have yet to attain consistency and realise their potential.

As a lead-up to the 1992 World Cup, New Zealand played England in a Test and one-day series at home. Martin Crowe, the then New Zealand captain, suffered an injury which affected his performance. Our form was poor and the team lost confidence in itself. And that cost us dear.

However, in the 1992 World Cup, New Zealand won their opening game against Australia, with Crowe scoring 100....

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