New Zealand all-rounder Scot Styris has said that the Black Caps will need to throw caution to the winds and “seize the game against England by the scruff of the neck” in order to attain Twenty20 World Cup glory.
“We seemed to play with a little bit of fear yesterday, and by that I mean, guys were a little scared of taking risks, of playing the big shots and I think you”ve got to in this version of the game, especially in big games,” The Sun quoted Styris, as saying.
“You’ve got to be prepared to get out and I felt like, as a group, we didn’t do that,” he added.
New Zealand will be grateful that England star batsman Kevin Pietersen won’t be around, as he has left for England to attend the birth of his first child.
Styris said Pietersen, who has scored of 6, 70 not out and 53 in the Caribbean tournament so far, had been one of the competition’s form players.
“He’s world class and without him we know that it makes our job easier, although we know that we still have to put the ball in the right areas,” Styris said. (ANI)