New Zealand speed pioneer Trent Bolt hopes that his team will be able to cause a “big upset” against the well-balanced England team in the first semi-final of the 2021 T20 World Cup on Wednesday.
England performed well in the ongoing tournament, achieving a dominant victory in Super 12 and then losing to South Africa in the final game.
On the other hand, New Zealand’s election campaign started by losing to Pakistan’s five wickets before gaining momentum. The Black Hats are likely to be considered the underdogs against the mighty England team in the semi-finals.
“(England) is full of game winners. They are a very balanced team and are currently playing some good white ball cricket,” Bolt said in a video posted by the New Zealand Cricket Team.
“So let us hope we can create a big upset. Both sides have a good history in white ball cricket. So there must be a lot of people watching with interest at home,” he added.
After losing to Pakistan, the Black Hats staged a consistent performance, beating India, Scotland, Namibia and Afghanistan to advance to the semi-finals.
Speaking of maintaining momentum or starting anew in the knockout stage, Bolt said: “For me, this is a fresh start. We are opposed to some elegant opposition at the end of the game.”
The left arm pacemaker felt that Black Caps did a good job of reading and quickly adapting to the wicket.
“What we are really working with right now is that people work together, as accurate as possible, and I want them to read the ticket gate as quickly as possible. [they] were able. Moving forward will be a big deal for us,” he said.
Speaking of bowling in T20 cricket, Bolt said clarity is crucial.
Bolt also praised Adam Milne, who was selected to the team after Rocky Ferguson was excluded from the show due to a torn calf.
“It’s disappointing to lose Lockie so early in the tournament, but Adam has been perfectly integrated, able to apply pressure and adapt to similar roles.”