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  • 11 Mar
    导出博客文章The pitch is a vivid green, and the forecast is for rain, but bury caution, Kane
    Williamson said; freedom is his call to action with the bat.The reasoning is
    simple: it is what has worked for New Zealand at home, in the past. Thrashed in
    India, and beaten in South Africa, the hosts now seek to regain the dominance
    they had had at home, between 2013 and 2015. That attacking blueprint,
    Williamson said, is what New Zealand must return to.Its important when you come
    off the back of that Indian tour, that you come here and play with some freedom,
    and express our skills, he said. When we do that we play our best cricket. Thats
    our challenge going into this big home summer. Theres always pressure in
    international sport, but its important that we deal with that and play with
    freedom without trying too hard.New Zealands most recent home Test had also been
    at Hagley Oval, and Williamson drew lessons from Brendon McCullums first innings
    from that game. Having come to the crease at 32 for 3 on the first morning,
    McCullum cut loose in memorable style, crashing 21 boundaries, walloping six
    sixes, hitting 145 from 79 balls, and breaking the record for fastest Test
    hundred in the process.If you look at the last Test here, for example, when we
    lost the toss on a tough surface which did quite a bit, we saw an innings from
    Brendon McCullum which was in total contrast to my innings. I took the approach
    of trying to play late and attack when I thought there was a ball in my area. I
    got seven off almost 70 deliveries. Brendon was the complete opposite. It was an
    example of someone playing with complete freedom. I think that can come with the
    confidence of knowing your own conditions. Among the batsmen Williamson expects
    to carry the flag is opener Tom Latham, who was among the better New Zealand
    batsmen in India, hitting a fifty in each Test. Though only 24, Latham is now
    the senior partner in the opening combination, following the axing of Martin
    Guptill. He has played 25 Tests and so far managed an average of 38.Tom has been
    around a long time in the New Zealand set up. For a while he has been considered
    a leader in this side. He has been performing very well. Hes a strong leader
    within the group, and maybe hell take on that little bit of extra responsibility
    - not just with opening the batting, but also to play with that freedom.Opening
    alongside him will be 28-year-old Auckland batsman Jeet Raval, who will make his
    debut in this Test. Raval had made a steady start to his domestic season when he
    was called into the Test side, and Williamson described him as a consummate
    builder of innings.Jeet has been a consistent performer for a long time, and he
    knows how to score runs. I guess hes a guy that can bat a long period of time.
    In some ways there are similarities between the two openers. Both are quite
    headstrong. Both will be challenged in this series by a very good seam-bowling
    attack.Whenever you make your debut theres some unknowns, not having experienced
    the step up in international cricket. Naturally, there are some nerves there.
    Weve chatted. Its a matter of not changing too much - he has been successful
    with what he has done. Its a matter of applying a simple game plan - all those
    sorts of things that he has been doing well, and earned him his selection.Though
    he expected his own team to make good use of home conditions, Williamson
    remained wary of Pakistan, and their good away record.Home advantage is a good
    thing, I think, but it provides opportunities for both sides, and a side like
    Pakistan who have toured well for a while now will know that. Theyll expect
    their seamers to do well. Its about making those adjustments of length, as you
    come away from the subcontinent and on to our surfaces.
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    coach. SYDNEY -- Jordan Spieth may as well just switch allegiances and become an
    Australian, such is the warm welcome he will receive in Sydney over the next few
    days.In town to contest the Australian Open for the third straight year, Spieth
    is the only major international drawcard at the Royal Sydney Golf Club. But
    given the way the 23-year-old conducts himself, its unlikely the local support
    will lament the absence of anyone else.He may even steal some of the local
    support away from Australian favourites Adam Scott, Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden
    and recent PGA Tour winner Rod Pampling.Well we love our time here, Spieth said
    when he fronted the media on Tuesday.We have a great week - its just absolutely
    a beautiful place coming over to Sydney and a change of pace now coming to a
    different golf course; but thats a whole new fun challenge for us.Were really
    happy to be back over in Oz - it just absolutely shows that I meant what I said
    about how much we like coming here and to continue to do so. Were looking
    forward to a great week.Already a winner of the Stonehaven Cup, Spieths victory
    at the 2014 Australian Open helped propel him into one golfs finest seasons in
    2015 - a five-victory run that included the Masters and US Open titles and
    eventually saw him rise to world No.1.Yeah it was one of the best rounds Ive
    ever played, Spieth said of his closing-round 63 in 2014.It was very windy. I
    remember playing No.1 and hitting two pretty good shots and having a long
    two-putt for par.I heard a roar from I think Adam (Scott) making birdie on the
    hole in front and I just remember that not bothering me as much as it bothered
    me when I was in contention (previously) and the contenders were making birdies;
    [I wasnt] feeling that extra pressure. I just didnt feel it that day.I just said
    let this course come to you - you dont have to make a bunch of birdies on a day
    like today, and I certainly ended up making a bunch of them because I was just
    laid back and hit the right shots in the right places and then made a few
    putts.ddddddddddddWhile many Australian golf fans will have fond memories of
    that round, Spieth showed true class on Tuesday in noting the deeper meaning
    that 63 carried in Australian sport at the time following the tragic death of
    cricketer Phil Hughes.The Australia batsman had been on 63 when he was struck in
    the head by a bouncer while batting for South Australia against NSW at the
    SCG.It was a really great feeling - I remember having the trophy and on the
    stage after the round; what an incredible trophy it is, I see it every day when
    I walk into my house. It was a tremendous honour.And 63, being even more
    significant given, can you remind me of his name, the cricketer who was on 63,
    Phil Hughes, I know that was kind of ironic that day because I think it was the
    week after he [died]; so there was some significance there, too.Outside of
    Spieth, Venezuelan Jhonnatan Vegas is the only other non-Australian PGA Tour
    member in Sydney this week.So why then does Spieth break ranks with so many of
    his countrymen in travelling Down Under, especially this year given he is no
    longer the defending champion?I just think its really cool to be in an
    opportunity, 23 years old, and to travel around the world playing golf and
    people want you to come and play golf around the world so they can see it,
    Spieth said of his willingness to travel outside the States.Thats a unique
    position to be in and I enjoy that those opportunities are there because our
    time off the golf course is totally different from what you see at home.And why
    not, if you have the opportunity when youre young, to go travel around the world
    and experience these cultures and that kind of shapes you as a person, too,
    recognising in your little bubble at home thats not the way the world is and you
    can kind of see the things in perspective a little bit. ' ' '