Correction - 3rd best Team . Current ICC rankings - http://www.icc-cricket.com/odi/cric_manic said:Well considering NZ are the second best ODI team in the world to only have 2 players is wrong, Fleming should be in the ODI side for his leadership alone but other players like Marshall and Oram(in tests) have also shown they are good enough to play at that level
Current Rankings- 1 Australia 2 Sri Lanka 3 NZ 4 South Africa 5 Pakistan 6 England
7 India 8 West Indies
An extension of your argument would be then - SL since its the second best ranked Team should have half a dozen players, and South Africa should have lesser number and England and India even fewer !!
And an even further extension of your argument would go against the fact that since NZ are currently ranked 7th in Tests , no more than 1 player should be selected for the Test squad !!
Players are selected ( I hope)on their own abilities and performances and not on where their Team lies in the ODI rankings.
And WRT Fleming , he may have got in last year, this year apart from the Tsunami matches he has struggled with the bat and would struggle to get in on current form (leaving aside Tsunami matches and considering ODI innings in the past year alone) !