The addition of a reverse sweep would actually add a lot to Taylor's game in those death overs.
We used to be considered 'clinical' in ODIs - what's the opposite of clinical? Seems this match was there for the taking at various stages and we let it slip through sloppyness (64 off the last 3 overs and apparent inability to construct a moderate chase).
I like the direction this ODI side has taken in recent times, in particular McClenaghan's wicket-taking and a return of lower order fire-power with McCullum at 6. However imo we still seem to be just a collection of players (some of whom are quite good at ODIs) and tend to win games on the back of one or two individual efforts, rather than a good ODI side like we were for much of last decade. We are not living up to the stereotype of NZ teams being 'greater than the sum of their parts'.
At least pleased to see NcCullum and Mills scored some runs - we're going to need those lower order runs I feel to have a chance in the CT.
Watling should be at number five really.
In an ideal world we would be building for the 2015 world cup, and many of the current side will be 34-36 when it rolls around. Vettori and Mills are world class, Brendon McCullum is decent, Elliott and Nathan McCullum are solid and Franklin has his moments, but we need viable replacements ready for the older guys if they aren't up to it in 2015.
Watling at number five either as the keeper or as a specialist batsman would be my preference after the Champions Trophy as well if Elliott disappoints. I think Watling is a better ODI batsman than Elliot anyway itbt but Elliott hasn't really done anything to deserve to be either dropped or retained. Anderson or Neesham should come in for Franklin due to being better bowlers already and promising talents with the bat. I can't remember how Nick Beard went in domestic one dayers, but he was a matchwinner for Otago in the HRV Cup so he wouldn't be the worst new squad member either since we're light on spinners.
Big question marks over who opens if Ronchi doesn't make the position his own. Papps, How etc have been tried and failed before. Kitchen had a good run as a one day opener for Auckland. Maybe he will be introduced to the squad soon?
I'll say it again, McCullum and Ronchi should trade places.
Barring that, Williamson should be opening.
having managed to catch a few minutes of the game in the morning, why the **** didn't Taylor swivel a bit and slog towards fine leg, seeing that the fielder had been pulled out from there.
Nick Beard and Kane Williamson bowling together would have several members of this forum in conniptions.
I still like Watling as an opener. Gave him an aggressive partner like Guptill to take the runscoring pressure off, and I think he can still do a job for NZ. With him slotting into the side you could have a team along the lines of:
3 out of Southee, Boult, Mills, McC, Bennett, Milne, Henry
Throw in the tantalising (but probably unlikely to be realised) prospect of Ryder returning for that number 5 spot, and you have a damn good side.
Can't shake image of Watling looking absolutely clueless against Anderson and Finn with the new white ball in NZ though. For this tournament I'd go.
The middle order could go in any order but I've just alternated hitters with strike-rotators.
Jury still out on where Vettori fits into the side. Don't think can afford to replace Franklin's batting with Vettori's, so that leaves NcCullum or perhaps Southee under threat.
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