Former New Zealand bowler Iain O’Brien believes his country will step up to the challenge in the first Investec Test match against England at Lord’s next week.
The 36-year-old, who took 73 wickets in 22 Tests for the Black Caps, believes Brendon McCullum’s side, who start as underdogs despite having the better of a 0-0 drawn series in New Zealand earlier this year, will not be pushover at the Home of Cricket.
The last time we were here we should have won
“I think New Zealand will step up,” he said while appearing on the latest Lord’s Podcast.
“The last time we were here (2008) we should have won that Test, but the weather intervened. But there’s a good feeling about coming back here.”
O’Brien never played a Test at Lord’s but was twelfth man during that rain affected match in which his teammates’ Daniel Vettori and Jacob Oram got themselves on the famous Lord’s Honours Board.
The chance to get on the Honours Board comes round less frequently for touring sides and O’Brien says that will spur players on.
“McCullum comes here with two previous nineties, so there's a bit to prove for him and there are players that have never been here before.
"It's just a wonderful place to come and play cricket."
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