Kiwis’ rise credit to John Buchanan
MUCH of New Zealand's success at this World Cup can be traced to one of Australia's most successful coaches, who laid the foundation for the Black Caps to peak at this tournament.
John Buchanan knows what it takes for a team to win World Cup silverware - he coached Australia to two titles in 2003 and 2007, going a record 24 games undefeated at the tournament.
He then took his unique style - he was the first coach to use computer analysis of every ball bowled - to New Zealand, in his role as director of cricket from 2011 to midway through 2013.
After a so-far undefeated 2015 World Cup campaign, including a thrilling one-wicket win over favourite Australia, the Black Caps are now heavily favoured to meet the tournament co-hosts in the final at the MCG on Sunday week.
"A number of things happening over there now are a product of our high-performance planning from that stage," Buchanan told APN.
"It was about trying to make their one-day side extremely competitive, given they had a World Cup coming to their shores."
Buchanan said he took great pride in developing talented youngsters such as Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Tom Latham and Corey Anderson in his time working with New Zealand Cricket.
The former Queensland coach was quick to add: "But I am Australian and I'm in Australia's corner".
The Aussies will play Pakistan in the quarter-finals on Friday, with New Zealand taking on the West Indies on Saturday.
The quarters kick off tomorrow with South Africa playing Sri Lanka, followed by India versus Bangladesh on Thursday.