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Munro feels he's close to cracking ODI template


MUNRO SPEAKS

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Munro ended a year-long lean patch with a fluent 87 against Sri Lanka in the second ODI © AFP

After scoring a brisk 87 in New Zealand’s series-sealing 21-run victory over Sri Lanka, opener Colin Munro admitted he’s working on his ODI game to achieve more consistent results. A destructive opener in T20 cricket, Munro said reading the conditions better and adapting to it quickly in are the areas he’s most focused on to get his one-day game on point.

“In T20 it’s a bit of fun and you try and go from ball one,” he said ahead of the third and final ODI. “But in one-day cricket I’ve found that although early on sometimes I can play the same way as I do in a T20, to get off to a flyer, sometimes that’s not the case and it’s about playing to the conditions and playing to the situation of what the team needs. You might lose a couple of early wickets and you’ve got to knuckle down and play the longer game. Otherwise, on another day, if Guptill and I are both going, we could be 70, 80, 90 off the Powerplay – who knows?”

Munro’s 77-ball effort was his first half-century after a ten-innings lean patch that stretched nearly 12 months. However, the 31-year-old felt he had been in good touch even during New Zealand’s tour of UAE against Pakistan even though the numbers might have suggested a mini-slump of form. “I’ve been happy with the way I was hitting the ball even in the UAE when I wasn’t getting big scores,” Munro said. “I felt like I was giving myself enough time to get in but I was getting out. I was talking to [coach] Gary Stead and telling him it wasn’t like there was a pattern – it’s not like I was getting bowled all the time.”

Both ODIs of the ongoing series so far have been high-scoring affairs, with New Zealand setting Sri Lanka targets of 372 and 320 respectively. The venue for the final ODI, though, has favoured the chasing teams more. Seven of the last nine games at the Saxton Oval in Nelson have been won by teams batting second, but New Zealand aren’t getting complacent ahead of what is effectively a dead-rubber.

“Every game you play for New Zealand is important and as a group we’re trying to get better,” he said. “These are new conditions, too, and you have to adapt and that’s what good teams do. We’ve got that blueprint to try and get 300-plus which we’ve done in the last two games by setting it up and hopefully we can continue that.”

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