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Luke Woodcock in New Zealand World Cup squad

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January 19, 2011

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Jacob Oram heaves it to long-on, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 2nd Twenty20, Colombo, September 4, 2009
Jacob Oram has recovered from injury in time for the World Cup © AFP
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New Zealand have named uncapped allrounder Luke Woodcock in their 15-man squad for the World Cup that begins in the subcontinent on February 19. Jacob Oram, who has been battling to recover from surgery in time for the tournament, has also been included in the mix.

Woodcock, 28, made his international debut in the recent Twenty20 series against Pakistan and was rewarded for his good form for Wellington in New Zealand's domestic one-day tournament, where he is averaging 26.00 with the bat and 20.00 with his left-arm spin. He was the one unfamiliar name in a squad that included six players who competed in the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies.

Mark Greatbatch, New Zealand's head selector, backed Woodock's temperament and floated the possibility of playing three spinners - Woodcock, Daniel Vettori and Nathan McCullum.

"Luke Woodcock has worked hard for his chance after forging an impressive record with Wellington over a number of years," Greatbatch said. "He has a good head on his shoulders and his selection provides the option of playing three spinners, which could be useful in the subcontinent."

Oram has been ravaged by injury throughout his career and after a recurrence of a patella-tendon problem during the tri-series in Sri Lanka in August 2010, he opted for surgery with the sole aim of being fit for the World Cup. His big hitting and nagging medium pace made his an ever-present when fit in the New Zealand team and his inclusion was a boost ahead the World Cup.

Hamish Bennett, the 23-year-old fast bowler, was also returning from injury, having picked up a groin strain during his debut Test in India last November. He impressed by bowling around 140kph and adds pace to an attack packed with steady bowlers.

Greatbatch was relieved to have both Oram and Bennett available and felt the squad can continue New Zealand's good record in World Cups. They made the semi-finals in two of the last three tournaments.

"It's great to see the bowling attack bolstered by the return of Jacob Oram and Hamish Bennett, who have both been sidelined with injury," he said. "Jacob has been a key performer over a number of years and his experience will be invaluable at the World Cup. Hamish made a good start to his one-day career and deserves the opportunity now that he is fully fit.

"We have kept faith with the bulk of the team which played the five-match ODI series in India and believe that, despite recent one-day form, the squad is very capable and owe it to themselves and the New Zealand fans to put in a huge performance at the World Cup."

New Zealand are presently playing Pakistan at home and will play six ODIs at the conclusion of the ongoing Test series. Their coaching staff was bolstered by the arrival of Allan Donald, the former South African fast-bowler, as bowling coach.

Squad: Daniel Vettori, Hamish Bennett, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock.


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Posted by Sam on (January 20, 2011, 14:04 GMT)

I love the look of this squad. Franklin is in ressurgent form, Oram is back and fit (hopefully), Styris is back, Mills, Vettori, Ryder, Guptill....It is a traditional NZ squad....mostly allrounders. Everyone bowls and bats but with a bias to one or the other with the exception of Styris and Oram. Really though NZ has always had masses of handy allrounders. Look at Ryder and Williamson. Both batsmen but handy at picking up the odd wicket or holding up an end. Spin is the key but medium pacers and medium fast bowlers are likely to be more economical. Good, experienced and exciting squad.

Posted by Mughees on (January 20, 2011, 6:39 GMT)

Nice move by playing more spinning allrounders than specialist spinners just like subcontinent teams. Its essential for this world cup specially to realize the conditions teams gonna face and subsequently they will be rewarded. NZ team record in world cups has been good and this time its gonna be a challenge again for these young players who are looking to make a mark on international circuit. I always admire NZ cricket determination and their excitting cricket is always a pleasure to watch. I am happy with the selection cauz this is the best they could select i guess. I hope they do well.

Posted by D on (January 19, 2011, 22:23 GMT)

There is talk of Ryder batting down the order as alonng w/ Styris is one of our best players of spin.

Sounds logical, unless teams then actually open the bowling with spin?! Would probably be NZ that did that anyway.

I wouldn't be at all suprised if the first-choice team lines up like this: 1. B. McCullum 2. Guptill 3. Taylor 4. Styris 5. Ryder 6. Williamson/Franklin 7. Vettori 8. Oram 9. N. McCullum 10. Mills 11. Bennett

Posted by ammar on (January 19, 2011, 22:13 GMT)

I don't know if Newzealand have better players or not. Seems like Vetori has to knock the doors around the streets, telling the people we have a game tommorow and u r playing as a batsman, I know u r a better bowler but we need a batsman.

Posted by Nihal on (January 19, 2011, 20:48 GMT)

The Kiwis will find it tough but you can never write them off in the world cup. They are prone to reaching semi-finals when people least expect them to. My Kiwi XI would be as follows: Ryder, McCullum, Guptill, Taylor, Styris, Oram, Franklin, Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Southee and Mills. This a team which bats deep and with 2 specialist spinners and several medium pace options. Someone like shane bond is sorely missed.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 19, 2011, 20:47 GMT)

@Blackcap68 Batting ave. 32.54 and bowling ave. 24.42 are good enough to make the 15 if you ask me. Yes he struggled in Bangladesh, but so did basically everyone else.

Posted by Manasvi on (January 19, 2011, 19:49 GMT)

The Kiwis have not been doing well in recent times in the ODIs. But they have the right ingredients for a good team. They have loads of all-rounders and can bat until Southee at 11. Hope to see the following team. And McCullum should keep wicket! 1) Ryder 2) McCullum 3) Guptill 4) Taylor 5) Williamson 6) Styris 7) Franklin 8) Vettori 9) N. McCullum/Oram 10) Mills 11) Southee Enough bowling options as well since everyone apart from Taylor and Guptill are all-rounders or bowlers. However, they need to a couple of big hitters in the lower middle order. Oram is very useful since he can do that role. But, I'd like to see Williamson dropped and Nathan McCullum play. Williamson is definitely a future prospect but he needs to work on strike rotation, etc.

Posted by Dummy4 on (January 19, 2011, 17:02 GMT)

It is a great team,probably it is the best possible one,Very happy to see Jacob Oram back,Jamie How back and wicketkeeping hopefully he can make it in all forms now,Good to see Kane Williamson there,I really hope that New Zealand BlackCaps perform brilliantly and win the World Cup,

Players for me Oram,Franklin,Mills,McCullum,Southee,Vettori,Styris,How,Williamson, Guptil and Taylor not bad either,Nathan and Woodcock hopefully can do a good job although i dont think they are needed and should not be played in 11 but just in case they do,not sure about Ryder at all,Hamish Bannett well may be a fast bowler had to make it so will have to wait and see but should not make it to 11 either.

11 for me and really looking forward to see them play,will be interesting to see how the batting order turns out to be,

1.Guptil/How/Franklin 2.McCullum 3.How/Williamson/Franklin 4.Styris 5.Taylor/Williamson/How/Franklin 6.Franklin 7.Oram 8.Mills 9.Vettori 10.Southee 11.Bannet/Nathan

Posted by Spad on (January 19, 2011, 16:15 GMT)

I wonder why, New Zealand, a team with very good ODI players are always under achivers. The squad look threatening in the PAPER. But in the FIELD, even the team like Canada are not scared to play against Kiwis. Anyway, without much noise they will reach the Semi-Final...Thats all....

Posted by Rakhesh on (January 19, 2011, 15:36 GMT)

Where's Elliot, Mcglashan, Tuffey and McKay...

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