Nagpur: A somber New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori on Thursday said it has been quite difficult to focus on the big game against Australia after a devastating earthquake that hit his country.

"It's been an incredibly hard build up. For a lot of guys coming to train gives them a chance to get their minds of other things. But then, it's a big game in the World Cup. It's a Chappell-Hadlee game which means a lot to people back home," said Vettori in a press conference.

The World Cup clash between the two sides on Friday has been named a Chappell-Hadlee game as there are no bilateral ODI series lined up this year.

Vettori said that it is indeed a 'helpless' situation for the squad as they are not being able to take a stock of the situation back home.

Already two of their support staff members- physiotherapist Dayle Shackel and trainer Bryan Stronach- have left for Christchurch from Chennai after getting reports about their homes being damaged.

New Zealand beat Kenya by 10 wickets with their pace duo of Hamish Bennett and Tim Southee sharing the maximum of spoils.

(Agencies)