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Gifford: Black Caps win the culture war

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OPINION: The New Zealand cricket team is a prefect example of what happens when a culture grows naturally from inside the squad.

On the other hand, try to impose a culture, especially one that's alien, and you get the sad sack mob currently playing for Australia.

For decades New Zealand cricket teams followed the English model, where decorum was important. Then there was a switch to being second-hand Aussies, brash and in your face.

The problem was the Australian teams had the results to go with the niggle. But trying to sledge when you're making 45 runs in a test innings against South Africa in 2013 in Cape Town just made the Black Caps look like d......s.

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They improved after that disaster, in every respect. New captain Brendon McCullum determined it was time for changes and the team agreed.

But the crucial turning point, to being the respected team they are now, punching miles above their weight, came in October, 2014, when the Black Caps went to Melbourne, four........

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