Speaking of which, does anyone know if Franklin plans to take bowling seriously again? Because surely he can see that the Franklin who took 70 wickets @ 27, with his batting (even if it lessened off a bit), would walk into our side?
My ODI team:
7.James Franklin/Nathan McCullum
Against your lot we're likely to have our strongest team on the park, so imo it's only right that we start as the favorites, especially when we're the home side, with our strongest eleven i believe we can cause any team problems so it's gonna be interesting to see how NZ deal with that!! .
He's still only 27 so he can come back but the more time he spends away the more we're forgetting about him and focussing on the youngsters like Jason Holder, Shannon Gabriel, Kevin Mcclean, Carlos Brathwaite and Sheldon Cotterrell to name a few.
Rob Nicol (still deserves more time in the ODI side)
Stephen Murdoch (didn't realise how good his numbers were in List A)
Ross Taylor (c)
Brendon McCullum (wk)
Andrew Ellis/James Franklin/Colin de Grandhomme/Colin Munro/Jimmy Neesham
Tim Southee/Andy McKay/Matt Henry/Mitchell McClenaghan/Michael Bates
A lot of those guys could graduate to the test side, and that is fair enough, but for now I don't want a few guys playing ODIs and ****ing themselves up for tests.
Quite a few names up there in places. I'm not sure who our best finisher allrounder is, so I don't mind who they pick as long as it isn't a wtf selection.
The final bowler spot depends on what we want. A strike bowler, a left armer or just the best bowler available? You can make cases for some of those players meeting all of those criteria.
This is a make or break for Mills. I love him, but he's been behind the eight ball this summer. He's also getting on and injury prone and we need to start thinking about the 2015 world cup. The same goes for Oram.
I also think McCullum is our best finisher and should move back to number six.
\_/ if we lose the ODIs. Really want to win the test series though.
Watching Bevan Small right now on the highlights. **** he's going to be good. I wonder what his Ford Trophy stats are? I need a CD player to go on and on about.
I looked at Murdoch's stats for this season only, and made the mistake of assuming he's been at least decent prior to this one.
I've pigeonholed Nethula for tests. Would much rather he established himself in the long format as Vettori's heir before anything else. We don't have a shortage of spinners who can tie up an end, so I don't see Nethula playing ODIs as essential.
I think Ellis is the best bowler of the allrounders I've seen so I'd lean towards him for now.
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