Gillespie sounds pretty confident that he'll make the black caps test squad.
West Indies tour tops list for Mark Gillespie | Stuff.co.nz
I suppose he was the most consistent bowler across the whole season, but he didn't exactly set the competition alight. I'm not against him going on tour at all, and he certainly should be in the squad ahead of the likes of Bracewell etc. But I also wouldn't have a problem with them trying out Matt Henry. Assuming Neesham also makes the test squad, it's a bit of a battle for him considering that Hesson is pretty intent on at least touring with 2 spinners.Gillespie's 42 wickets were the most by any bowler in this summer's Plunket Shield.
"I don't feel there's any more I could've done so, to be honest, if I'm not involved in this tour I'll be pretty peeved off," Gillespie said.
He feels he can't be far away, having been placed on standby by the selectors for New Zealand's test against India at the Basin Reserve in February.
The test team is:
and then how many more for the squad?
Munro? Papps? Brownlie?
It's an interesting call.
I think Gillespie is ahead of Henry given that he's bowled a full season. It's pretty marginal though.
God I want them to pick Jeets so bad even though his numbers weren't very good.
Hay/Guptill (real world option: some meh batsman)
on helpful surfaces against test batsmen there will be very little difference between KW and our legions of meh spinners. KW and Sodhi provides two spin bowling options without compromising our batting or our proper bowling.
You just know we're going to rock up to the first test with Southee, Boult, Anderson and two bakeries though.
Jeets and Tastle would be sooo good.
Yeah, so it really is Henry vs Gillespie, unless they decide not to take Neesham, which is almost impossible to do after his debut.
I suppose it's possible that with Southee and Boult headlining the attack the selectors will be less reticent about gambling on two spinners, but I would still consider it to be a pretty big mistake, especially given that Wagner is probably a better option with the old ball than any spinner in the country. Gillespie is definitely ahead of Henry, especially given his strong late season form in both the PS and the one dayers.
Latham, Ruthurghford, KW, Taylor, McCullum, Anderson, Watling, Sodhi, Southee, Wagner, Boult
Gillespie, Jeets, Neesham, ?
Obviously the last spot should be going to a certain not-so-loveable fat-ass, but with him out of the picture, the last spot could really go to anyone. Though I have the sinking feeling that it will probably go to Guptill.
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