BIRMINGHAM, June 25 (WNP): New Zealand all-rounder Mitchell Santner feels that it is not easy to prepare for a game against the “dangerous” Pakistan, who he reckons cannot be taken lightly.
“I think they’re very dangerous,” he said at a press conference ahead of New Zealand’s World Cup 2019 clash with Pakistan on Wednesday. “Obviously, they’ve had a pretty good record over here.
“They won the Champions Trophy a couple of years ago, and they’ve come off a pretty good win against South Africa. We’re at the top at the moment, but we can’t take any games lightly. Obviously, for us, we need to prepare accordingly for tomorrow.
“I guess you have to prepare like they’re going to come out and play their best cricket. I guess we’ve seen early in this tournament they’ve taken down big sides. They took down England and took down South Africa the other day.
“When they’re hot, they’re really hot. We have to, obviously, find ways of trying to cool them down when they’re like that.”
Santner also praised Pakistan’s bowling attack, which he said has a healthy combination of spin and pace.
“Their bowling attack on the whole is very good,” he said. “They’ve got some very good seam bowlers as well as spin bowlers. I guess going off the last game here, it did spin a little bit. So we have to obviously prepare like it might do that,” he said.
Pakistan and New Zealand have faced other on multiple occasions the past few years, and Santner made note of that.
“We’ve played Pakistan a lot recently,” he said. “We played them in New Zealand, which are similar conditions to over here. We’re aware of their strengths, and I think having Wahab back into their team is very good for them. Amir is bowling very well as well. We can’t take them lightly, and we’ll have to prepare accordingly.”