ICC World Twenty20 July 18, 2012

New Zealand name preliminary World T20 squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand have named their 30-man preliminary squad for the ICC World Twenty20, and it features only two men without international experience. The Canterbury batsman George Worker and the Auckland batsman Anaru Kitchen are the only players in the group who have not represented New Zealand in any format.

There were no major surprises in the squad, which does not feature Jesse Ryder, who no longer holds a New Zealand Cricket contract and is attempting to manage his off-field issues before being considered for national selection again. Daniel Vettori was included after coming out of his international T20 retirement earlier this year.

"This preliminary squad of 30 represents the best Twenty20 players in New Zealand," Kim Littlejohn, the national selection manager, said. "It's a well-balanced squad with a number of proven performers, giving us plenty of options ahead of final squad selection.

"With the exception of George Worker and Anaru Kitchen, who have both shown promise at domestic level, each member has international experience. From this large group we believe we can select a talented Twenty20 squad that will make a strong claim in Sri Lanka."

Worker, 22, was named after a promising campaign in the HRV Cup last summer, when he scored 251 runs at 35.85 and a strike rate of 136. Kitchen, 28, scored 157 runs at 26.16 in the HRV Cup and he was the fourth leading run scorer in the domestic one-day tournament, with 333 runs at 41.62.

The squad will be reduced to a final 15 by August 18.

Squad Ross Taylor (capt), Michael Bates, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Neil Broom, Dean Brownlie, Colin de Grandhomme, Andrew Ellis, Daniel Flynn, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Anaru Kitchen, Tom Latham, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Peter McGlashan, Andy McKay, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Tarun Nethula, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock, George Worker.

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  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Posted by mthw on (July 18 2012, 07:42 AM GMT)

    Disappointed... I thought that i was a chance to make the top 30 with the way NZ has been playing... I will aim for the tests later in the year...

    You and me both!

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 4:11 GMT

    if nz want to win theyl need mc cullum opening and wicket keeping again its a joke putting a tom latham or watling in a side for this guptil opening aswell kitchen 3 taylor 4 franklin and de groandhomme 5 and 6 depening on situation. oram 7 but i say if he fails at this then he really needs to get the boot from all international cricket hes past his time nathan mccullum at 8 vettori at 9 southee, mills to finish it off that team is their best chance at winning

  • Dummy4 on July 20, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    1. Nicol, 2. Guptill, 3. McCullum, 4. Taylor, 5. FRANKLIN, 6. Williamson, 7. Oram, 8. Vettori, 9. Southee, 10. Bracewell, 11. Boult. Please play Franklin... he averages more than Nicol, Taylor and Oram. If McCullum doesn't keep, then bring in Watling for Williamson or Oram. I would have loved Ryder to have been available... I don't think this team is as weak as 99% of the cricketing population think. I look forward to NZ staying under the radar.

  • Cam on July 19, 2012, 9:18 GMT

    One wonders why Luke Woodcock with a ODI and T20 bowling average of 51 and 70 respectivly in 4 matches plus a batting average of 14 is actually of any value to the team ?????????????????????????

  • Cam on July 19, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    I have seen a stack of photcopier paper that looks more exciting than this team.

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 6:45 GMT

    It should be,1 Nicol 2 Guptill 3 Ryder 4 Taylor 5 McCullum 6 Kitchen 7 Vettori 8 N.McCullum 9 Oram 10 Mills/Bracewell 11 Southee. Say what you want about Oram's poor batting but he has been a great bowler at T20 for the last wee while. Swap Kitchen with Watling if McCullum doesn't want to keep

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 6:00 GMT

    Three left arm quicks in McKay, Boult and Wagner. Hopefully all going well we will have them all working hard to outdo each other. I think that's a great move. All three are feisty bowlers and on their days (as Boult showed against WI recently).Unlike the other quicks ie. Southee, Mills and Bracewell who seem to always be favoured they will be playing out of their skins to earn and maintain the slot in the team. My heart tells me that Wagner will come in and skittle em all but my skepticism tells me he won't even get picked...

  • Dummy4 on July 19, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    Batting: McCullum/Guptill/Taylor/Ryder would be a strong top 4. Oram needs to step up as well.

    Bowling: Learn how to deal with being clobbered. :)

  • Dummy4 on July 18, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    hmm...Surprised Vettori has returned and not really convinced Bangladesh or Pakistan will go through now interesting group of death.

  • Max on July 18, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    They need Jesse Ryder for sure

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