BIRMINGHAM – If South Africa were playing any other team tomorrow they could have been in for an earful.
There is just so much to harp on about. A return to Edgbaston obviously brings the fateful 1999 World Cup semi-final draw with Australia to the fore. And then there’s another semi from four years ago that could come up in conversation.
New Zealand, the victors, that epic night in Auckland don’t operate like their noisy neighbours across the ditch though. It remains a special day in Black Caps history, but they won’t be reminding the Proteas of their misery.
“We are just true to who we are, as a people and a nation, and that’s the personality of New Zealanders,” said Craig McMillan, the New Zealand batting coach.
“We are friendly, we do get on well with people and we still play our cricket hard and competitive but we do it the New Zealand way and that is different to how other teams do it and that is fine.