GEORGETOWN, Guyana, April 6, 2007 (AFP) – New Zealand are capable of winning the World Cup for the first time because they believe they can do it, middle-order batsman Craig McMillan has said. “Probably the key this time is that there is a real belief,” said McMillan, whose side have already posted five successive victories to emerge serious challengers to defending champions Australia’s supremacy.
New Zealand have beaten England, Canada and Kenya in group matches, and the West Indies and Bangladesh in the Super Eights. They now have six points and comfortably on course for the semi-finals.
“In the previous two World Cups, the New Zealand teams wanted to win but I am not sure if they believed they could win,” said McMillan, who has so far scored 4,620 runs in 192 one-day internationals.
“There is a real confidence in the squad in that if someone gets injured, someone else will do the job well. But we are aware there are going to be huge tests against Australia and Sri Lanka. We still have some hard work to do.”
McMillan said the team’s strength was that they did not rely on one or two players to win matches as they had plenty of all-rounders to do the job.