Tuesday, 19 December 2006

Twenty20 squad named

The New Zealand team to play Sri Lanka in two Twenty20 matches on 22 and 26 December is:

Stephen Fleming (captain), Andre Adams, Nathan Astle, Shane Bond, James
Franklin, Peter Fulton, Mark Gillespie, James Marshall, Brendon McCullum, Peter
McGlashan, Jeetan Patel, Ross Taylor

It is good to see Ross Taylor in the side. I find it surprising that James Marshall is in though. He has had one good knock this season - a brilliant 128 for Northern Districts against Wellington in the State Championship - and is only averaging 33.37. His twin brother Hamish is averaging 50.42 and might have been a better bet. I pleased Andre Adams is there. He has been blistering for Auckland recently, averaging 62.35 with the bat and 19.64 with the ball. McGlashan has come in to play as a keeper allowing Brendon McCullum will play as a specialist opener. If it comes off, this might be a move New Zealand could consider for the World Cup.


Karel said...

Glad Fultons back. thought he deserved to be in the test squad (unsure if he was possibly injured) and Adams deserved his recall after some stunning domestic form.
Still no Vincent. He normally excells at 20/20. Seems his time has gone because of a poor champions trophy (where he was not alone) and personality clash with Bracewell. Form player in English county last season and missed out on the test squad despite hundreds in his last few tests played (including a double against Sri lanka).

Not so sure about the idea of using McCullum as a specialist bat. Dont think he'd work as an opener despite calls for him to do the job. As ive said in the past i think the reason he does so well is because hes adept at facing the older ball with a field spread. I woudlnt particularly want to see him face Lee or Ntini with the new ball. AM unfamilar with Peter McGlashan though.
Glad Taylors in. Finally! And i started to wonder, has anyone spent some time with Jeetan Patel re: his batting? Just think he'd be a much better player if he had a few shots in his arsenal to go along with his bowling. Just a thought.

Suhas said...

Just a thought, does Chris Harris' name still come up for consideration while selecting oneday sides? He may be too old, and there may be enough allrounders in the side competing for the same spot...but while seeing those familiar mass batting failures in the Champions Trophy, I couldn't help wondering whether he still has something to offer to the one day side.