Wellington:New Zealand may have had a roller-coaster summer this year but their recent success against formidable teams like Australia and India is not a fluke rather a result of discipline, planning and good technique used for the improvement of their bowling.
"The New Zealand bowling contingent have been stingy in the extreme since the start of the West Indies ODIs in gifting free runs through wides and no balls.
"And it hasn't come about by accident. Discipline, planning and good technique have all contributed to produce a startling comparison between their form with the ball and the form of their opponents," New Zealand Herald reported on Saturday.
To pep up its bowling, the Kiwis curtailed the number of extras, mainly wide balls and no balls and never gave away freebies to their opponents.
"In the course of 11 games - ODIs plus one Twenty20 against Australia - New Zealand averaged a remarkable one wide for every 16.1 overs they bowled, compared with one every five overs bowled by the opposition in the same period.
"In the course of 404 overs, just three no balls were sent down - two by fast-medium Tim Southee and one by captain Daniel Vettori.
"Their opponents' no ball rate was reasonably good too -six out of 363.5 overs - but the wides were a significant contributor to Zealand's totals," the paper reported. The Kiwis also dried up the runs even if they conceded a wide ball, which is another reason behind their success.
"Another important point was that New Zealand's wides were inexpensive; that is, they rarely cost more than the one run. Of the 25, a total of 29 runs were racked up, the extra four coming from balls wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum was unable to gather cleanly.
"By contrast, Australia and the West Indies' 63 wides cost a whopping 90 runs altogether," it said.
New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen feels it was the result of extra attention paid to the bowlers' run up, style and action.
"That is certainly something we can control as a bowling group," Jurgensen was quoted as saying in the paper.
"We've been aiming to train with really good specifics, ensuring our runups are good, with rhythm and balance, so by the time you get to the crease you're in the best possible position to execute," he added.