Beware of emotional New Zealand: Border to Australia

Melbourne, Feb 24 (PTI) New Zealand will lift themselvesagainst Australia in the wake of the Christchurch earthquakeand Ricky Ponting''s men should be wary of their trans-Tasmanrivals when they meet in a World Cup clash tomorrow, cautionedformer Aussie skipper Allan Border.

At least 98 people died in a 6.3 magnitude earthquakethat rocked Christchurch on Tuesday, leaving the New Zealandcricket team shocked, and Border said the tragedy would pumpup Daniel Vettori and his men to perform for their countrymen.

"They''re a side that tend to lift against Australia andgiven the recent events in Christchurch, they''ve got the addedincentive to do well," Border, a World Cup winner in 1987,told

"Not that should make that much difference, but you''vegot that incentive in the back of your mind to lift for thesake of your countrymen. They''re a dangerous opponent, there''sno doubt about that," he added.

The incident forced Black Caps physio Dayle Shackel andtrainer Bryan Stronach, whose wife is four months pregnant, toreturn home for a week, ahead of their second match of thetournament.

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