We opined the other day that the Black Caps have a good chance at the ICC World T-20 tournament. So we bristled when we read this on Stuff a moment ago:
Black Caps bowling spearhead Shane Bond says the team are full of self-belief as they target Twenty20 glory in the Caribbean.
Fresh from a win over last year's finalists Sri Lanka, the Guyana-based Black Caps take on Zimbabwe early Wednesday morning (NZ time), where a win will send them through to the Super Eights.
Though his own efforts have been blunted by dull pitches, the first-up win after going unbeaten in the warm ups, added to the feeling that the world title was within their grasp, Bond said.
Now we've been following New Zealand cricket for a lot longer than Shane Bond, bless his heart. We've seen countless players come and go who talked a good game. Almost without exception, it ends in tears!
So here's our heartfelt advice to Bondie, Dan, Rossco, BMac and anyone else the cricket media approaches for a quote; shut up! We mean that in the nicest possible way of course. We really do believe that the Black Caps could do very well in this tournament, but let's see the talking done where it matters; in the middle.