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Getting too comfortable with losing

By December 15, 2007No Comments

Daniel Vettori smiles at a press conference ahead of New Zealand's first one-dayer against Australia. © Getty ImagesBefore we get too far into this great Summer of 07–08 I want to express some concern at how easy young Vettori seems to be taking defeat. He’s taking it graciously, magnanimously and generously to be sure. But he doesn’t look like he hates losing, like it eats away at him, corroding his very soul.

In this he reminds me of another young captain who was supposedly “the chosen one”, annointed and appointed with the full support of the great minds at HQ. Taine Randell, we were told, had captained every New Zealand age group representative rugby side and was positively destined to be All Black captain. And so he became.

Taine Randell (Cardiff, 1999)And with a win-draw-loss record of 12−1−9 we got pretty used to seeing Taine giving “full credit” to the opposition and after a while it looked like it didn’t even hurt.

Dan Vettori’s win-loss record in internationals before taking over the job permanently from Stephen Fleming was a very creditable 8 from 11. Since the Twenty20 World Cup, it has been P9 W2 L7.

Tomorrow we take on Australia again, this time in Sydney. And let’s hear no more about Tait’s suspect action. Of course, he chucks- but if we are going to worry about him then we should take a look at Kyle Mills and that is a bit too close to home.