New Zealand coaching standards are not up to par, says Jamie Siddons

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“These guys don’t get out because of mental mistakes, it’s the skill levels”

Former Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons has questioned whether coaching standards in New Zealand are up to par after the national team suffered a humiliating 3-0 whitewash at the hands of Bangladesh in the recently concluded ODI series.

Siddons, who is currently in charge of Wellington, was Bangladesh’s head coach when they thrashed New Zealand 4-0 in 2010.

He noted that New Zealand have still not learnt to adapt to foreign conditions and added that they will continue losing until they rectify that problem.

“It looked pretty similar,” Siddons said. “The conditions are a bit foreign to the boys, not that they turned a lot, just slower pace and facing some reasonable spinners with a bit of variation.

“I don’t think [Bangladesh] were clearly better. I think they utilise their conditions pretty well and we weren’t prepared for it or good enough to handle it.”

Siddons attributed New Zealand’s struggles in Bangladesh to the inconsistency of their batsmen.

“We need to practice tougher,” he added. “We need to have wickets that turn, practice how to face faster bowling and swing bowling.

“As soon as it’s tough your batsmen are vulnerable and it’s the coaching, it’s the technical side of things, it’s the mindset. It’s certainly not mental.

“I hear a lot of people say it’s mental problems with the players, but everyone’s trying. These guys don’t get out because of mental mistakes, it’s the skill levels. It’s hard work on the road. Those guys will come back here and it’s flat and it’s not swinging and it’s not spinning and they’ll be okay. But as soon as you go away and you’re under pressure again against something you haven’t practised against, then you’ll have problems.”

Siddons also noted that New Zealand’s batsmen should have been fully prepared before the team even flew to Bangladesh.

“It’s near-impossible – they’re supposed to be ready when they get there. Supposed to be,” he said. “Under our system I’m supposed to have these guys ready and they ask me about my guys and I tell them the truth. I say he’s not ready, he’s not going to be successful, wait, give him time, he’s got this problem, he’s got that problem.

“They [New Zealand’s coaches] can get them up and talk about plans and stuff, but if they haven’t got that ability to run down the wicket, they can’t run down the wicket. If they don’t have the sweep shot before they get there, they’re not going to develop one.”

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