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Remembering the days
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Elliott hopes homework pays off
Winning habit: Grant Elliott is
looking for the Wellington cricket
team to turn the corner this season.
Photo: FAIRFAX NZ
Getting the most out of the team
By JOSEPH ROMANOS
Wellington cricket captain
Grant Elliott has been
busy studying other
sports codes while preparing for
the representative season.
Elliott, in his second year of
captaincy, hopes Wellington will
on last year's
They get their first chance
when they meet Central Districts
in Napier in a Plunket Shield
game next Monday.
I want Wellington cricket to
develop a culture of high perform-
ance,'' said Elliott.
We want to be the standout
team, like the Crusaders in rugby.
I've been speaking to All
Blacks about it, and to Andrew
Durante at the Phoenix, seeing
how other codes build their
Elliott has dual goals this
season: he wants to force his way
back into the New Zealand team,
especially the one-day and
Twenty20 sides. And he wants
Wellington to win some trophies.
I feel very good about my
game. We have a new coach,
Jamie Siddons, and he is an out-
standing batting coach.
He's made a few suggestions
which I've found helpful. But it's
hard when you're 32 to start
changing your game. Jamie has
such knowledge, I wish I was 19
and was still moulding my game.''
Elliott, who has been troubled
by knee problems, said he was
now injury-free and was hoping to
do more bowling, filling in with
He said the Wellington squad
had a balanced look.
We have an impressive bowl-
ing line-up -- Mark Gillespie, Iain
O'Brien, James Franklin, Luke
Woodcock, Jeetan Patel, Andy
McKay -- all internationals. Plus
we have other exciting bowlers in
the mix, including Leighton Burtt
and Scott Kuggeleijn.
It's generally the bowlers who
win you matches, and there's a lot
of firepower there.''
The other encouraging aspect,
he said, was the quality of young
players coming through.
Tipene Friday, Michael Pol-
lard, Joe Austin-Smellie, Josh
Brodie, Harry Boam, Craig
Cachopa -- there's half a dozen
very promising young cricketers.''
Elliott said Wellington had
struggled at the top of the order in
recent years. He hoped the move
of experienced Canterbury player
Michael Papps to Wellington
would fix that problem.
One of the big things is that I
want the team to pull together,
with older guys helping younger
ones, and everyone eager.
That's what Jamie is trying to
engender as well.''
Elliott said if Wellington had
won their final first-class match
last season, they would have won
the four-day competition.
Instead we came fifth. It's that
close. We've been similar to the
Hurricanes -- good players, but not
always getting the most out of
themselves. That's what we want
to change. It begins off the park
and in training, and we've done
good work there.
Now it's a matter of performing
once the first-class games begin.''
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