New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013

Uncapped Devcich in New Zealand squad

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September 16, 2013

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Anton Devcich top scored with 66, India A v New Zealand A, 3rd unofficial ODI, Visakhapatnam, September 12, 2013
Anton Devcich has impressed with his performances for New Zealand A in India © BCCI
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The opening batsman Anton Devcich has been named in New Zealand's limited-overs squad to tour Bangladesh next month. Devcich, 27, is the only uncapped player in the 15-man group for the three one-day internationals and one-off Twenty20 and is expected to open with Hamish Rutherford after Martin Guptill was ruled out due to a broken finger.

Fast bowler Adam Milne and allrounder Jimmy Neesham earned recalls but there was no room for wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi, nor allrounder James Franklin, both of whom have been dropped from the Champions Trophy squad. Daniel Vettori was not considered for the tour due to an Achilles tendon injury, while Tim Southee was named in the limited-overs party after being left out of the Test squad following ankle surgery.

Devcich, a Northern Districts batsman, scored his maiden first-class century during the New Zealand A tour of India earlier this month and followed that with 48, 1 and 66 in the one-day games against India A. Bruce Edgar, the general manager of national selection, said Devcich had been an impressive one-day performer for some time.

"Anton showed very good signs against England last season for New Zealand A and has transitioned from a middle order batsman to an aggressive top order player," Edgar said. "He is also an outstanding fielder with the ability to contribute as a left arm spin bowling option which will be useful in the sub-continent.

"Adam [Milne] returns to the team after a number of injury concerns and he offers the squad genuine pace. We've been impressed with his rhythm and pace on the New Zealand A tour of India."

The New Zealand coach, Mike Hesson, said injuries to men like Guptill and Vettori would allow opportunities for others like Neesham, 22, who played three ODIs and three T20s in South Africa last summer. Neesham offers another bowling option but has also displayed his power with the bat, scoring 104 not out from 40 balls for Otago during a Champions League warm-up overnight. "James is another left-handed batsman who is a powerful striker of the ball at any stage of the innings and like Anton and Adam, he's in good form in India," Hesson said.

Squad Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Anton Devcich, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson.

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Posted by The_Ashes on (September 18, 2013, 8:14 GMT)

New Zealand will be tough but I still think Bangladesh will be too much for them in the main forms mainly due to the pitches and conditions. Neither of the teams have genuine pace that can worry the batsman so looks like whoever has the better spinners and bats well will prevail.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 23:55 GMT)

@thenoostar I've heard that kind of talk before about players, most notably about Shane Watson and Brad Hogg. Its one thing to talk a player up, but unless he shows that ability at domestic level (Sodhi averages 45 with the ball) then that player should not be selected for an international match.

Posted by wingman42 on (September 16, 2013, 18:11 GMT)

So Happy Milne's getting a go. I see a bit of Bond in him and I think hes got the potential to become Bond like with a bit of nurturing and experience. Bit disappointed to see Ronchi missing you. THis series wouldve been perfect for him to redeem himself after his horrific debut.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 17:56 GMT)

@TheRisingTeam I don't know what you are talking about. Only the pitch in Dunedin was a flat track. And in case you forgot 1 days from both 1st and 2nd tests were washed out due to rain or there could have been a winner.

Posted by wiseshah on (September 16, 2013, 9:18 GMT)

very good and strong NZ team. hopefully they will not try to find excuse that this player is missing and that were missing. bangladesh should play mashrafe and najmul in ODI as a bowler and in test rubel and robiul

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 9:15 GMT)

finally bangladesh got some game. tired of seeing india vs srilanka all year around and so boring.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 9:13 GMT)

@EnglishCricket don't forget last time it was 4-0.........u must be kidding

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (September 16, 2013, 9:06 GMT)

@ snowbadger15 neesham is a great odi prospect his list A stats are probably better than anyone else's in the team, he's a very hard hitting allrounder and i don't use the term allrounder lightly, elliot and munro don't have a patch on neesham, he should bat at 7 and look to close out the innings for us, his bowling is perfect for odi cricket, not so much tests, he bowls alot of change ups, perfect on dry, low, slow wickets of bangladesh, reminds me alot of brendon diamanti only i think neesham will be better than him and he was very good, he definatly deserves his spot. my odi XI for bangladesh. 1.rutherford 2.latham 3.williamson 4.taylor 5.anderson 6.mccullum 7.neesham 8.n.mccullum 9.mills 10.milne 11.mcclenaghan, wouldn't risk southee against banga's after surgery.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (September 16, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

If Bangladesh strangely prepares flat wickets for the test matches then they just handed the series win to New Zealand. New Zealand will obviously not struggle against our bowlers on these pitches. They drew England 0-0 on flat pitches earlier in the year so prepare spinning/sporting ones otherwise the test matches will be boring. Hopefully Bangladesh can win at least either the test or one-day series. T20 doesn't really matter as that game will give us a much clearer idea how Bangladesh could fair in the T20 world cup and what they need to do in that form to reach at least the super stage.

Posted by thenoostar on (September 16, 2013, 8:52 GMT)

A few prominent players around the scene say Sodhi has something special. It would be good to see him given a go. Selectors cant rely on numbers too much. I think NZ will have a tough time on turners against a team full of good international spinners.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 8:24 GMT)

good side this NZ. but i find it very vulnerable if taylor or mccullam do not click....BD on the other hand will be very difficult to play with full of spinners....and NZ need to cash on their pacers....BD with long batting line up with 4 spinners should win some odi this time though they won 5-0 last odi series against NZ. in test i am seeing atleast one draw....!!

Posted by EnglishCricket on (September 16, 2013, 8:16 GMT)

New Zealand will win this with ease 2-0 3-0 and 1-0. Good preparation for West Indies and India.

Posted by hokeypokey on (September 16, 2013, 8:02 GMT)

@andrew, your totaly right.25 is his first class average.I wish Anton the best. Anton 115 runs at 38.33 from 3games in india, 1first class hundred.carl cachopa on the other hand 158 runs at an average of 52.66.with 6 first class hundreds in 2years..may be antons bowling is the difference. @512fm..you are dead right.. Roll on the cricket season.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 6:55 GMT)

dont be too confident guys, we lost five nil in Bangla last time

Posted by 22many on (September 16, 2013, 6:01 GMT)

Otago and nd dont have any spinners left as i am sure if they did they would have been selected no matter what their form....would have felt a lot better with Ronchi in the middle order..hung out to dry as an opener...

Posted by Alyy-Farooq on (September 16, 2013, 5:50 GMT)

@Hokeypokey A.Devich Performed Brilliantly Well With The Bat In Last Nz A Against Indai A Tour Thats Why He Is Selected And He Can Bowl Some Left Arm Spin Too Which Will Be Useful In Bangladesh Spinning Tracks As Nz Are Going With Only One Regular Spinner Nathan McCullum.

Posted by TheDreadPirateRoberts on (September 16, 2013, 4:54 GMT)

I'm happy. Lots of exciting new players and no James Franklin. Evidently, 32 years and 313 days is the age at which New Zealand cricket stop picking a player based on potential alone.

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 4:44 GMT)

BMac and co.'s goals for the limited overs part of the tour (or what they should be, at least) are: 1. Make Devcich a solid opener; only Guptill, Rutherford, Fulton (for now...) and BMac himself (who should be at 5) have experience and any good results at all opening. Rutherford should do well, if he can open in T20s and Tests he can damn well do it in ODIs as well. 2. Give Latham more keeping and lower order batting experience. 3. Even if Southee does recover, keep Milne in and give him game time. The guy's good, the ODI vs SL last year showed that. Do all that, and they can call it a good tour, even if Bangladesh surprise us. Ideal team: 1. Rutherford 2. Devcich 3. Kane 4. Taylor 5. BMac 6. Latham 7. Anderson 8. NMac 9. Mills 10. Milne 11. McClenaghan

Posted by 512fm on (September 16, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

@hokeypokey - What about Sodhi, picked as a bowler for test cricket with an average of 48 and economy of 4

Posted by   on (September 16, 2013, 4:28 GMT)

@hokeypokey: Look again, he averages 34, with most of those runs coming in the last year or two.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (September 16, 2013, 4:17 GMT)

sort of surprised devcich made the side, he must of been on the radar being in the A squad but thought the likes of neesham, latham and rutherford were ahead of him but they all made the team too so can't complain hes been solid of late. really dissapointed with the selection of munro and elliot, munro's form is shocking, elliot is one of those players who is good for 20 runs then unexplicably gets out and never goes on with the job, daryl mitchell deserved one of those two spots. the bowling attack looks good, mills is solid milne adds the pace we always lack, mcclenaghan's flat out aggression is great, not since bond have we had a bowler bowl that way, southee swing is always a handfull and now that mccullum can bowl what i guess is a carrom ball out the front of his hand, he's much less one dimensional. with ryder, guptill and vettori we would be one of the best odi sides in the world.

Posted by Snowbadger15 on (September 16, 2013, 4:15 GMT)

Unimpressed with neeshams selection, hasnt really done anything to warrant a selection. I dont like the selection of devchicheither but he is better than neesham.Very happy with the callup of milne, who must not play t20i as he is not good at that. We will win bangladesh but im suspicious of how we will fare in sri lanka. The rest of the squad is good and we should trial latham as our opener if ( likely when) these opners fail.

Posted by hokeypokey on (September 16, 2013, 2:44 GMT)

Weldone Anton Devcich..one day cricket average 25..and 56 with the ball..

Posted by D-Ascendant on (September 16, 2013, 2:22 GMT)

Happy with this team generally. Indeed, Franklin looks past his best for international cricket, and Ronchi didn't look convincing in the chances he got, so I think the squad pretty much picked themselves, really. That said, shouldn't they have gone for a second specialist spinner instead of Neesham/Anderson?

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