Phillips was only called into the test squad in Aust when Williamson and Nicholls were sick before the 3rd test.... Phillips is an interesting case, he hasn't done all that wrong but has not made the squad consistently since the Aussie tour. I can't think of why....
Mark Chapman should definitely be considered. He has serious FC runs now for Auckland and NZ A against good teams.Is there a point in using white ball players to play the warm up vs county sides? I don't think so. If they are serious about development and if the regulars are not available I'd rather see long term players tried. Is there a case for Chapman or M Bracewell in red ball cricket? Not right now I guess. Bracewell had a pretty good red ball summer couple of seasons ago but has generally struggled outside of t20. I wasn't even sure how he actually made the one day side vs dutch. I hope NZC doesn't waste this golden opportunity to develop few long term red ball players.
i seem to remember a pile of mini-philanders, a massively tall ****, Rabada and Maharaj from that series tbh.I really think we need a point of difference sort of bowler with most of our lead bowlers hitting that age where they are not going to be generating as much pace as they did. Either Lockie or Sears are the only two I can think can make a difference with pace and bounce. Besides both also swing the ball at high pace. By chance the decks don't turn out to be conducive for seam and the conditions not good enough to swing, pace is the only way to go. We saw that recently vs South Africa didn't we? Their bowlers were much quicker and had lot more variety to offer.
I would like to bring both even if just for a FC domestic run in foreign conditions tbh. Smith and Sears can bowl a Duke ball before they have to do it in something important.Smith was one of the standout bowlers from the most recent Plunket shield and I really don't think sear's style of pace will work too well in England condition's, guys like lee have tried similar modus operando's and failed before, smith seems far more suited and his batting down the order would be a very welcome addition for new zealend's tail issues. Think sear's is gonna be better suited long term as a partnership breaker once Wagner goes, but smith should be first choice in England.
Any reason that county's haven't signed guys like Smith or Sears? Seems weird that McAndrew can get a contract but they can't.I would like to bring both even if just for a FC domestic run in foreign conditions tbh. Smith and Sears can bowl a Duke ball before they have to do it in something important.
Nathan had a stint as an overseas pro in the Hertfordshire League pre-COVID, but he didn't do as well as hoped. He could be a good option but he doesn't have a high profile outside of NZ yet. McAndrew's in the Big Bash for example.Any reason that county's haven't signed guys like Smith or Sears? Seems weird that McAndrew can get a contract but they can't.
Club or county? I think most of our players play for clubs during our winter barring some. Nowadays to even qualify as a pro for club cricket you need to have played 3 first class games (could even be 6, not sure of the exact number) .Any reason that county's haven't signed guys like Smith or Sears? Seems weird that McAndrew can get a contract but they can't.