Originally Posted by Flem274*
Diamanti is crap and Mills is one of the best limited overs bowlers in the world.
O'Brilliant misses out because he's a little to hittable in 20/20. Test specialist ftw. James Franklin is in the same boat, though with his allround ability he'd slot in at 6/7 if Oram went down.
Butler I can see having a big impact. His so called career ending injury hasn't resulted in much loss of pace at all really, can still get it down there at 140+, plus with the body he has he's always going to be a short spell shock bowler in any format he plays, so he can charge in for 4 overs. Butler is the dark horse in the NZ side imo, he's basically got all the material he had pre-injury except this time he can bowl in a straight line.
I think we have a good chance, the 2007 WC team was probably one of the best limited overs sides we've fielded though but it ran into Murali (such a pity Fleming, Fulton, McMillan, and Bond are either gone or in Fultons case caught Sinclair Syndrome), so I don't know if we can win this one.
I like MIlls, but his SR at international 20-20 level in 26.1 and while Diamanti is still unproven, he has a domestic SR of 13.6, can supposedly swing the ball & gets decent players out though this may be journo BS.
Still it was 50-50 between the 2 and I like Mills as a person, so hopefully he can have a good tournament.
Is McGlashan a better gloveman than McCullum?
It's a shame Shane Bond wasn't restricted to limited overs cricket early on. When he was on form, he could swing the new white ball in @ above 90mph which only top bowlers did.
The top 6 is excellent IMO and there are enough bowlers who can take the pace off the ball that NZ will always be competitive IMHO (Oram, Styris, Ryder, Vettori, N.McCullum).
Realistically you'll meet India, Australia and Pakistan so that's a tought group. However I'll be a honourary Kiwi for the Australia game, and hopefully you'll also beat Pakistan and go through 2nd.