Black Caps look to improve
Mon, 02 Jul 2012 5:03a.m.
An injury-hit Black Caps side will be hoping for a much improved performance in today’s second Twenty20 international against the West Indies, knowing they haven’t got much to lose.
"We're far from happy ... [but] as complete underdogs there's not a hell of a lot to lose," all-rounder Jacob Oram tells Fairfax News. "In a funny way guys might get motivation from that."
With less than 24 hours to recover from the 56-run loss in the first match, the lethargic Black Caps will front up in the Florida heat without skipper Ross Taylor, Ronnie Hira and possibly Oram himself.
Taylor suffered an injury to his left shoulder, putting him in doubt for the five-match one-day series starting in Jamaica on Friday, Hira received a tour-ending dislocated middle finger while Oram’s knee locked up after diving on the soft outfield.
Already without Brendan McCullum, Daniel Vettori and James Franklin the visitors are left with only 12 fit players today.
No decision on standby players has been made yet, although leg-spinner Tarun Nethula arrives this week for the one-day series.
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