By CricketCountry Staff
Wellington: Jun 27, 2012
All-rounder Jacob Oram on Wednesday opined that New Zealand players may be short on match practise ahead of their tour to West Indies which begins with a Twenty20 International series in the US this weekend.
Some of the top New Zealand players such as Ross Taylor, Jesse Ryder and Brendon McCullum played in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League, whereas Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson played in County cricket.
On the other hand, West Indies are in full match mode, having had recent Test series against Australia and England.
"They might look at our team, without the likes of Brendon McCullum, Dan Vettori, Jesse Ryder and think we are a bit weaker and I think maybe that's where we can expose them," Oram said.
"They may get complacent, a little over-confident and hopefully we can expose that,” Oram was quoted as saying by nzherald.co.in
New Zealand tour of West Indies starts with two T20 internationals in Florida on Saturday and Sunday.
The Caribbean side has been strengthened with the addition of Chris Gayle, Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard, but Oram is confident of his side’s success.
"They have their strengths but we need to find their weak links as well," Oram said.
"I don't think the winning and losing of this match, or series, is important. It's finding out how to play a good brand of cricket leading into the World Cup," Oram said.