Before this year, I never thought I'd be even slightly happy to see McMillan in there. Good squad.
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James Marshall named captain of New Zealand A
Squad: James Marshall (capt), Neil Broom, Grant Elliott, Gareth Hopkins (wk), Jamie How, Nathan McCullum, James McMillan, Warren McSkimming, Rob Nicol, Iain O'Brien, Mark Orchard, Michael Papps, Aaron Redmond, Bradley Scott.
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Suprised to see so many Otago players made the cut. Craig Cumming and Jesse Ryder are both unavailable, but would've likely been part of the squad. Will be looking very closely at Jamie How and Michael Papps, the only two players who are close to NZ selection at the moment.
Jesse Ryder not in the selectors' good books at the moment it seems.
Cumming probably has family or business commitments...I'd say Ryder has been left out for fitness and attitude reasons but we can't totally be sure of that.
Remarkably, if Cumming had been available, that NZ 'A' side would almost resemble Otago which is quite interesting. Personally, Im worried that there aren't any new quick bowlers coming into that team.
So. What I'm looking for is 2 NZ teams. Firstly, a team of players under 30 years old and a team of players under 25 years old. The under 30s team should consist of the core of players you expect to be playing in 5 years and the under 25s team should consist of the core of players you expect to be playing in 10 years time. Now, leave a spot empty if there's no player who adequately fills that position. This will tell us where NZ need to focus developing talent.
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I'd hope that there's a better keeping candidate than BJ Watling coming through, but otherwise lookin' good!
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