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Cricket World Cup: New Zealand win would lift country

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011
Dates: 19 February-2 April Venues: India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh
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Daniel Vettori
Vettori's team bowled out Kenya for 69 runs in their World Cup opener

New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori says a World Cup win over Australia would bring "a little bit of relief" to his country after the Christchurch quake.

The New Zealand team, who face Australia in Nagpur on Friday, were in India when the earthquake struck.

Physio Dayle Shackel and trainer Bryan Stronach have flown home to help their families and deal with property damage.

And Vettori added that "the greatest thing we can do for a lot of people is win the game".

Players have been calling their families and expressing concern via Twitter following the earthquake that hit Christchurch on Tuesday.

"It has been difficult, but I suppose we put it into perspective," said Vettori. "It's nothing compared to what the people back home in Christchurch and all over New Zealand are going through.

"The whole country is hurting immensely and the team feels exactly the same way."

We are neighbours and we sort of treat each other as brothers and we will make sure we do that tomorrow

Australia's Ricky Ponting

The victims of the earthquake will be remembered at Friday's match with a minute's silence, while the players will wear black armbands and the New Zealand flag will fly at half-mast.

The Black Caps face a difficult task against an Australia side who have won the past three World Cups, are unbeaten in 30 World Cup matches, and opened the 2011 tournament with a 91-run win over Zimbabwe.

New Zealand and Australia will also be playing for the Chappell-Hadlee trophy, the annual one-day international prize between the two countries, when they face each other at the VCA Ground.

"For a lot of guys, I suppose coming to training has allowed them to take their minds off things," said Vettori. "It's a big game in terms of the World Cup and it's also a Chappell-Hadlee game, which means a lot to people back home."

Australia captain Ricky Ponting expressed sympathy for Friday's opponents in the wake of the earthquake.

"As you know, we are neighbours and we sort of treat each other as brothers and we will make sure we do that tomorrow," he said.

New Zealand, who beat Kenya by 10 wickets in their World Cup opener on Sunday, have brought in Indian physio Sanil Koyili to fill in for Shackel while he is away for the next week.

"We'll utilize him as much as possible until they return from New Zealand," said Vettori.

He also praised the input of Allan Donald, the former South Africa bowler, who is with New Zealand at the World Cup as a bowling consultant.

"He's brought a wealth of experience but the biggest thing he has brought is confidence," said Vettori.

"When a team hasn't been winning, to have had him come into the side and instil the sort of confidence that he has and the knowledge that he has in some of our bowlers has been great."

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see also
Cricket to remember quake victims
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Bennett helps NZ demolish Kenya
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Holders Australia crush Zimbabwe
21 Feb 11 |  Cricket
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12 Feb 11 |  Ireland
Cricket World Cup 2011 squads
19 Jan 11 |  Cricket
Cricket World Cup 2011
09 Mar 11 |  Cricket

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