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    Squad named:

    BLACKCAPS coach John Bracewell today announced the BLACKCAPS squad for the ICC Champions Trophy in India in October.

    The squad is:

    Stephen Fleming (captain)
    Nathan Astle
    Shane Bond
    James Franklin
    Peter Fulton
    Mark Gillespie
    Brendon McCullum
    Hamish Marshall
    Kyle Mills
    Jacob Oram
    Jeetan Patel
    Scott Styris
    Daniel Vettori
    Lou Vincent

    Michael Mason was unavailable for selection due to injury.

    “This is the strongest side that we can put together for what is a major tournament at the start of an intensive one-day season,” Bracewell said.

    “Mark Gillespie was the domestic season’s outstanding pace bowler and performed well during the Top End Series. He thoroughly deserves his place in the squad and his skills as a specialist death bowler will extend our depth in this area.

    “Scott Styris missed his last match for Middlesex due to a back injury. The advice we have from Middlesex is that Scott should be able to return to cricket next week. We will take a wait and see approach before considering whether he can tour and have no need to consider a replacement at this stage.

    “Hamish Marshall has performed extremely well in his county season for Gloucestershire having scored five First Class centuries and we look forward to seeing this return to form continue with the BLACKCAPS.

    “Lou Vincent has averaged over 63 in one-day matches for Worcestershire and also seems to be in very good form.”

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    Had to read that twice to realise that Taylor wasn't in the squad.

    Anyway, great to see Mark Gillespie included. I'll probably jinx him and ruin his career but he looks like a great long term prospect for NZ.

    Anyway, the starting XI for the first game...I'd like to see...

    1. N Astle
    2. L Vincent
    3. P Fulton/S Fleming
    4. S Fleming/P Fulton
    5. H Marshall
    6. B McCullum (wk)
    7. D Vettori
    8. K Mills
    9. J Patel
    10. S Bond
    11. M Gillespie

    12th: S Styris


    Undecided about the middle order...
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    You're kidding me aren't you? That's too weak batting wise for me, and we must play Oram. My team would be:

    Fleming
    Vincent
    Astle
    Fulton
    Styris
    Oram
    Marshall
    McCullum
    Vettori
    Mills
    Bond

    I’d back Astle and Styris to bowl at least 10 between them.

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    Again, I'm not sure on Oram being a starter given his ODI record and lack of match practice. Marshall's not a number 7 for me either James.

    My preferred XI

    1) Vincent
    2) Astle
    3) Fleming
    4) Fulton
    5) Marshall
    6) Styris
    7) McCullum
    8) Vettori
    9) Mills
    10) Bond
    11) Gillespie

    I would really have liked to see Taylor or Ryder in there though. I wonder what this says about their prospects for our World Cup squad.
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    The reason I like Marshall at number seven is that when he was in good form he formed a good understanding with McCullum in finishing off an ODI innings.

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    I'd also like to see us play Patel and Vettori against South Africa in the 1st match.

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    Quote Originally Posted by James
    You're kidding me aren't you? That's too weak batting wise for me, and we must play Oram.
    Bats down to 8, for me. Mills can hit a few sixes, but I wouldn't rely on him too much to be honest.

    Why must we play Oram? He's been injured so we don't really know whats going on with him and Styris does a better job at finishing an innings anyway.
    Plus Styris and Astle can share bowling duties if nothing's going right.
    Patel and Vettori for subcontinent pitches, Gillespie to keep it tight at the end, Bond being Bond and Mills bowls pretty decent early in the innings (but crap at the death).

    Styris could easily come in for Patel.


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    Fulton & Marshall in particular will be under the gun in this tournament. They will each need at least 1 substantial score of 50+. If they can't do that then it's most likely Ross Taylor will get a chance in the next series against Sri Lanka.

    I think Astle will need to prove his form too considering how woeful he's been for Lancashire.

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    Hm. Selecting four players with niggles in a 14-man squad...interesting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Samuel_Vimes
    Hm. Selecting four players with niggles in a 14-man squad...interesting.
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    Well Bond, Oram & Mills are all over their injuries apparently. They're giving Styris a week to show improvement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steulen
    CT is 6-a-side, no?
    Errrrr no.

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    looks like a fairly strong squad

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    If Oram does play I hope it is as an all rounder as that article says. Batting at 7 and as the 5th bowler.

    A change on my side posted earlier...

    1. N Astle
    2. L Vincent
    3. S Fleming
    4. P Fulton
    5. H Marshall/S Styris
    6. B McCullum (wk)
    7. J Oram
    8. D Vettori
    9. K Mills
    10. S Bond
    11. M Gillespie

    Playing Styris and Oram together could be overkill. HOWEVER, if Mills bowls fairly ordinary stuff or is injured, then I think it could be justified and the team would be more even.

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