Ruthless England must call time on Ian Bell and allow Joe Root to stake his claim for Ashes place - Telegraph
Joe Root is apparently the new Len Hutton without a doubt and Ian Bell should immediately be dropped despite England already having new players filling 2 slots in the batting order (Compton and Root/Bairstow). Discuss
NZ XI: Luke Ronchi (c), Corey Anderson, Broom, Brownlie, Carl Cachopa, Gillespie, Latham, Neesham, Rutherford, Sodhi, Wagner
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One more player may be added to the team closer to the match in Queenstown.
New Zealand Cricket - New Zealand XI features the next generation of BLACKCAPS
With the exception of a couple of experienced players, the squad reflects the next generation of BLACKCAPS says General Manager National Selection Kim Littlejohn.
“This game gives us a great opportunity to see how these youngsters cope with playing a Test side ranked at two in the world.”
Northern Knights leg spinner Ish Sodhi is one of those stars of the future. The 20-year-old was one of the top bowlers at last year’s under-19 World Cup and he has been in great form during this season’s Plunket Shield four-day competition.
“This game will give Ish an opportunity to gain some valuable experience and see what's needed for his game to go to the next level,” says Littlejohn.
1. Hamish Rutherford
2. Tom Latham
3. Carl Cachopa
4. Neil Broom
5. Dean Brownlie
6. Luke Ronchi (c)(+)
7. Corey Anderson
8. Jimmy Neesham
9. Neil Wagner
10. Ish Sodhi
11. Mark Gillespie
Last edited by Mike5181; 18-02-2013 at 02:47 PM.
Hmmm I would have given Fulton a go before Cachopa. Maybe Fulton is a certain for the tests?
not to bad though, should be interesting to see how they go.
Anderson and Howsie won't stand for him batting underneath Otago's 'attack watchman' with a 23 FC average, no matter how pretty some of Neesham's strokeplay looks.
Deliberate ploy to not play a swing bowler or a genuine 3rd seamer so that England's batsmen are unprepared?
"Northern Knights leg spinner Ish Sodhi is one of those stars of the future. The 20-year-old was one of the top bowlers at last year's under-19 World Cup and he has been in great form during this season's Plunket Shield four-day competition."
Erm...I mean he hasn't been terrible or anything, but a bowling average in the mid 40's is hardly "great form" even for a young developing spinner.
Not bad. Does this mean Fulton and Flynn are nailed on openers? What if Guptill does get fit in time?
I would add Butler for one of Neesham/Anderson.
And while exposure for Sodhi is great, I think our immediate spin concerns should trump this. Whoever starts the series as spinner probably won't finish it, it would be useful to know if the second choice was worth a punt. (Assuming we pick a spinner)
jeets will stay on as test spinner, but I imagine he won't get a game as we should be picking 4 seamers.
The warmup will decide whether that 4th seamer is Gillepie or Wagner.
I agree that it would've been nice to give Butler a go over either Anderson or Neesham. But if either of this pair do well, they're a good chance to be picked over Franklin.
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