Henry: Black Caps showed glimpses of promise

New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry looked on the bright side of life after the ODI series against South Africa, saying they had learned valuable lessons despite the two-nil series defeat.

The third ODI in Hamilton was rained off, with Henry playing for the first time in the series and taking two of the three wickets to fall before the rain arrived. He felt that the Kiwis did well, despite already having lost the series.

Henry, playing in only his second ODI, said after the game was abandoned: “It was good to get back out there and play some cricket against a team that’s playing very well.

“That’s a great way to test yourself and your skills, to see where you are at. We had some plans going in and making sure we stuck by them was important today.”

The Black Caps’ next challenge is a trip to the UAE to face Pakistan in November, and Henry is looking forward to that change of pace, and feels it will give them a chance to hone the lesson learned against the Proteas.

He continued: “We had some good patches and some areas we need to work on. As a whole, we showed some signs that we are getting it right most of the time.

“We’ve shown signs of what we are capable of and we’ve shown signs that we are very good side as well. Moving forward, we’ve got areas where we want to work on and keep developing.

“It’s early season for us and there is a lot for us to take into the UAE.”