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I think a decision to play 4 seamers would be a lot easier to make if Kane had not been banned.
Sometimes as a captain you can just see you may be able to get a wicket with a spinner as long as your spinner can just put it on the spot.
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On a bouncy and lively wicket I would go for Henry but a flat dead wicket then Wagner would almost be my first pick. But to be fair I haven't seen enough of Henry to judge his temperament and variations when bowling on a dead track.
Good problem to have. His FC average is very attractive.
I think Henry is going to be the better bowler and possibly already is. At this stage though Wagner is very deserving of his place and dropping him now would send a "tee hee, we're going to chop and change and pick whoever we like" message to hopefuls outside the test team. Dropping performing players unless there are exceptional circumstances is just silly.
I don't want to do what Australia have just done and bring in the glossy glamorous and overpriced young bowler in for a very good but unfashionable bowler. It's going to hurt Australia and I'd rather we didn't copy. If you want a batting example, then while I think Compton is already being remembered with rose tinted glasses, dropping him for the Root/Carberry/Robson train worked well.
Henry is the next bowler in if someone is poor or injured and that's it right now. He's great injury cover for Southee since he can continue to provide the right arm outswing/left arm inswing opening combination. Personally I'd boot the spinner (especially if it's Sodhi) before Wagner where home games are concerned.
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Thing is, assuming Anderson and Neesham are now locks in the Test side and Williamson is banned, don't you kind of need some sort of spin option as that looks like 6 seamers really?
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I can remember a game in Nelson where he couldn't find any pace or lift at all. Carl Cachopa was able to treat him a bit like a bowling machine, his clean action seemed to allow Chops to see it very early and take to him on the up.
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Hopefully Hesson does his usual research, and he doesn't overlook Henry purely on the basis the next assignment is in the UAE though. With NZ groundsmen taking their practices abroad, there's some pretty good pace and bounce to be found there now -
Man of the match, Kagiso Rabada, Australia v South Africa, ICC U19 CWC 2014 - Highlights - Videos
The U19 equivalent of Henry, Matthew Fisher, not finding it too much of a graveyard at all -
Matthew Fisher, Man of the Match, England v New Zealand, ICC U19 World Cup 2014
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Plunket Shield Colin Maiden Park 2010/2011
Henry 41 3
Henry 38 0
plunket Shield Eden Park Outer oval 2013/2014
Henry 41 3
Henry 52 0
In both of those 2nd innings Astle took wickets.
Towards the end of Mark Perham's curating in 2013, Eden Park No. 2 had visibly the quickest and bounciest PS pitches in the country IMO.
Dunedin is probably the one I'd look at for a reliably tedious, low-bounce graveyard for Matt Henry, and yet we all know Wagner manages to do very respectably there.
Yeah, Southee/Boult/Henry would be a very one-dimensional attack IMO, even if Henry is better than Wagner in isolation. Three guys reliant upon swing, and no real workhorse quick in there, plus the support from Neesham.
With KW banned and Neesham in the side, a spinner is probably required after all, so 4 specialists is out.
No way in for Henry just yet, unfortunately. Absolutely has to play ODIs though. I'd genuinely go close to backing him for best bowler in the World Cup.
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