A bit of a random post, months out of date.
But, I was extremely impressed, and surprised by Neesham’s batting v the spinners in the test series v the West Indies.
I recall a post & video from Kippax prio to Neesham’s test debut. One of the things that stand out in my memory was the comment that his batting v (domestic) spinners was failry average and relied a lot/often on a pressure release shot over midwicket. Assuming the gist of it was gleaned from the negative KPI’s in the vault.
Anyway, Neesham’s footwork v the spinners in the Caribbean was excellent, especially some of those down the wicket off drives.
What do you guys reckon of his stint in the IPL, even/especially if much of it was confined to the nets - would have done for his play v spinners? Improved it ‘that’ much? Or had we/I got a false impression of his prefvious level v spin?
Domestic schedule is almost out (missing the HRV details) on blackcaps.co.nz.
I see that the first ODI v the Saffas in October is actually before the first Plunket Shield match of the season. So NZ will go in very cold.
It will be interesting to see what sort of selection approach they have. Some of the players like McCullum, Taylor, N McCullum, Ronchi, Mills will be very undercooked.
In these circumstances I suggest they use as many of the fringe players from the NZA tour as practicable, plus those coming off an off-season of professional cricket like Williamson, McClenaghan, Guptill etc. After all that is the point of this hastily arranged series.
18 ODIs to go to the world cup. Let’s find out a bit about Henry, Munro, Latham, Bennett, even Watling.
Saw Chawla completely manipulating Neesham like putty in his hands, in a match I was watching back in April I think.
Get the feeling spinners with subcontinental intellect won't be cowed by Neesham's love for ramming square pegs into round holes anytime soon.
Unless they're in New Zealand at the time, obvs. Or some Kiwi groundsmen in Dubai has slipped NZ a little parcel from home.
Cricket: R and R ahead of the World Cup
The national squad assemble on October 6 for a camp in Melbourne, then gather for two 50-over games, in the guise of a New Zealand XI, against Ireland and Scotland before meeting South Africa in Mt Maunganui on October 21.
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Cricket: Lifeline for Ryder unlikely - Sport - NZ Herald NewsThose clinging on in anticipation of a dramatic late World Cup recall for Jesse Ryder this summer will be out of luck.
Of the pair, banished from the national squad after an early-morning drinking session hours before the start of the first test against India in Auckland last February, Hesson said: "One player has run with it and made significant changes. The other less so."
"We haven't confirmed our whole squad yet, but players we will select would have to be seen to be putting the team first," Hesson said.
He indicated that three-quarters of the 15 players to be named for the tournament had been pencilled in.
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That pretty much means Neesham will be opening the batting. I rate him but that's a massive gamble.
Cricket: Williamson working hard on bowling action - Sport - NZ Herald News
Williamson is hopeful an official test isn't too far off, with dry test runs given beforehand to give him an idea of where he's at.
Was it one if the Windies matches where Kane had a bit of a bowl, obviously bowling with a straight arm. Looked very stiff, including a big leg side wide in his little cameo.
Cricket: Ryder signs with Renegades - Sport - NZ Herald News
I thought it had already been confirmed that Ryder was playing for the Rebels. Either way, glad to hear that Hesson's not considering allowing him back in the side. I don't care if we're a weaker ODI team without him. Ryder's behaviour before the Eden Park test, and his subsequent refusal to accept that he'd done anything wrong, was the final straw for me. I don't ever want to see him in a New Zealand shirt again.
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