Williamson isn't that much worse than our spin bowling options either. He can partially fill that role, I guess.
I'm more worried about the Butler selection TBH
Yeh, I don't get all the Butler love. Decent option in limited overs cricket (you wouldn't want him to be a regular) But as a test match bowler, you're having a laugh.
6. Watling +
12th Man: Nathan McCullum
If you're stacking the batting as much as you suggest wouldn't it be best to slip in a batting allrounder at eight rather than a specialist bowler who can bat a bit? I don't think it's the right call myself but if you were to follow that line of thought get a batting allrounder in there.
Like Vettori when he's fit.
I don't mind the idea of Mills but he'd have to:
- Be really fit and confident he wouldn't break down or deteriorate over five days.
- Really want to do it.
I know he was really keen to get back in the Test side a couple of years ago, but with his age, the increasing regularity of his injuries and the - ahem - much easier and comfortable lifestyle for LO specialist cricketers these days, I'd be surprised if he wouldn't rather just extend his LO career for as long as possible now. He'd probably play if asked, but - and this just a gut feel - he'd probably see it more as doing the side the favour than being given a lifeline.
There's also the fact that he's really quite similar to Southee and Bracewell - even Boult is a very similar bowler in his methodology if you ignore the hand he bowls with - and if you're going to pick a four man seam attack then you do want them to be a bit different to each other.
I'd sooner pick MitchM if I wanted four quicks I reckon, even though I know part of the 'point' of people suddenly wanting to pick Mills is batting.
I've just realised I left out Brownlie. This means McCullum has to open and Flynn drops out.
Glen Larmer talks to Black Caps coach Mike Hesson - Audio Player - Audio - RadioLIVE Still floundering and even a Freudian slip in this. Relationship with Taylor sounds like it's as pulseless as ever.
Black Caps | Tim Southee Likely To Return For England... | Stuff.co.nz
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But Adams, with his impartial hat on, is tipping New Zealand to win the three-match T20 series, and repeat the dose in the ODIs.
"England can be slow starters and I think we'll probably beat them in the ODIs and the T20. I'd say 2-1 in both of those and we'll lose 3-0 in the tests.
"England just don't have a set team.
"The mess about with their limited overs stuff for whatever reason, whether it's because they pick form guys out of tournaments, I don't know. Lumby played in the World T20 winning team [in 2010] then he didn't play for a while and fell out of favour. They do that kind of thing, they mess about."
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