Sports letter: Kiwis deserve more respect

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Sir: The most unedifying spectacle associated with the current cricket Test series has not been anything that has taken place on the field, but the ill grace shown by those who comment on cricket in England.

New Zealand were denied (by the weather) a second Test victory in assured style, but are still being short-changed by journalists who ought to know better.

New Zealand have beaten India, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe in recent series and yet in the Wisden World rankings they languish below Zimbabwe - who have won one Test series in their history! They were subsequently whitewashed by South Africa, but then so were the West Indies. (South Africa, amusingly, are still ranked below the Windies). I'm also rather tired of being told by English cricket writers that New Zealand lack stars, style, and talent. A team that provides two excellent centuries [Nathan Astle and Craig McMillan] before declaring just short of 500 deserves a little more respect.

RUSSELL BROWN,

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