Veteran Grant Elliot playing it cool ahead of quarter-final

IF the pressure is building on New Zealand with the arrival of the World Cup knockout games, veteran batsman Grant Elliott certainly isn't showing it.

In the lead-up to tomorrow's quarter-final against the West Indies in Wellington, the 36-year-old spent Wednesday at home, trying to think about anything but a possible history-making end to the tournament.

"I was looking after the two kids and wife at home, so it was fairly busy," he said.

Elliott has been busier on the field than many may have expected as well, even being called on to bowl in the team's final pool game against Bangladesh, although his 2-27 from two overs may not earn a second opportunity.

"I always enjoy bowling and batting. I think it complements my batting game," he said. "I definitely pay more attention in the field when I'm bowling. I feel like I'm in the game a bit more."