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Vettori grateful for decent break

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February 26, 2011

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Kyle Mills leaps in his delivery stride, New Zealand v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Christchurch, January 29, 2011
Kyle Mills is likely to return for New Zealand's next match against Zimbabwe © Getty Images
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Daniel Vettori is hopeful that the seven-day break until New Zealand's next World Cup match against Zimbabwe will give them a chance to have a fully fit squad to select from. A number of players, including the captain, are carrying injuries following the thumping defeat against Australia.

Scott Styris didn't take the field during Australia's run chase while Vettori also spent time off on the sidelines nursing a hamstring problem. Although New Zealand started with a strong 10-wicket victory against Kenya the seven-wicket hammering by their Trans-Tasman rivals suggested that the tournament will be a struggle even though they should still emerge from the group stage.

Kyle Mills, the team's most experienced pace bowler, and allrounder Jacob Oram were notable omissions against Australia as New Zealand retained the inexperienced pairing of Tim Southee and Hamish Bennett after their success against Kenya. Mills missed the first game with a back injury but was available for selection, while it was confirmed Oram had been left out due to form.

"Kyle [Mills] looks like he is almost fully fit; he probably is fully fit. We've got a long break between now and the next game so I'm pretty confident all 15 guys will be available," Vettori said. "I think Scott has a bruised finger and I'll think we'll find out more on that later on. Unfortunately, I've got ongoing hamstring issues but I should be fine."

However, even if New Zealand are able to draft in some experience from outside the current XI that will largely be for the bowling attack and not the struggling top order which hit 73 for 6 against Australia's pace bowling. It continued a regular trend of batting woes for New Zealand who have struggled for consistent contributions.

The trio of Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder and Ross Taylor have the potential to dominate any opposition but they have rarely fired as a unit. Taylor's form is a growing concern as he has made 114 runs in six one-day international innings this year with one fifty; he scored the last of his three ODI hundreds back in October 2008.

"Our batting has been part of our game that we haven't been happy with and have to continue to look to rectify it," Vettori said. "We have got very good players in our top four, top five, we just need to find a way to stand up and be counted. That is the same with the ball, as well. We have a good balanced squad here but that doesn't matter unless you perform and you have to get that out of these guys as quickly as possible.

"I you look at their [batting] records over the last year or so, they haven't been too bad. Jesse Ryder's coming off a good hundred a couple of weeks ago against Pakistan," he added. "They have got the skills there, but as a unit we have to lift.

"This 15-man squad is the team for this world cup and we are going to have to find a way to get the results. We have a chance in eight days' time against Zimbabwe."


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Posted by Dummy4 on (March 1, 2011, 22:11 GMT)

does newzealand have any young cricketers as talented as kohli......please awnser ....im a great admirer of nz cricket since the ages of matin crowe and roger twose.........

Posted by scott on (March 1, 2011, 19:18 GMT)

Hey guys just thought people should know that nz captain daniel vettori is auctioning off all his cricket memrobilia for the christchurch earthquake relief fund. most of his test shirt, stumps, world xi gear all signed, including a test shirt signed himself, murilithuran and Shane warne. go the the radio sport nz website or trade me for details.

Posted by Mitchell on (February 28, 2011, 3:38 GMT)

Taylor should open but with Guptil as his partner instead of B McCullum. Taylor has more patience than McCullum but can still keep the runs ticking along and Guptil can take his time to get going. He tends to try and play big shots when he's not quite in to try and keep up with McCullum or keep the runs going when he gets out. Keep Ryder at 3 and move Styris to 4. B McCullum at 5 followed by in form N McCullum at 6. Vettori at 7, Take Franklin out and put in Oram as nothing is lost in batting area with Franklin's Current form as bad as Oram's and at least he can consistently pick up wickets. Mills at 9, Southee then Bennet. All up 5 specialist batsmen which with McCullum lower down hopefully won't have the tendency to collapse,and 6 bowling options(2 of which are handy with the bat) which means we won't have to turn to the likes of Ryder to slow the run rate. Fingers crossed.

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 28, 2011, 2:25 GMT)

Drop How for Mills, gives us the extra bowler and he is certainly capable with the bat! Not worried about Oram not being in, he hasnt played well for years

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 27, 2011, 7:10 GMT)

The big concern for me is the inability to work the balls into gaps for singles as mentioned by Ian Chapelle. Our players were either blocking or trying to pierce the field for boundaries. The Australians made it look easy we the were angle thier defensive shots away from the fielders and pick up the singles. I think in the first 14 overs we only picked up two singles and because of that we weren't able to build momentum. Martin Guptils 19 balls to get off the mark is not good enough at that level and builds pressure on the team and gets the oppositions tails up. And Styris and Franklin making ducks at a crucial time really spelled the end of our game. All in all an extremely poor performance but way to familiar.

Posted by Dennis on (February 27, 2011, 6:35 GMT)

I agree taylor should open - might find some form , guptill froze against aussie ,17 balls to get off zero ,not good enough .

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 27, 2011, 5:54 GMT)

i think taylor nd mccullum shud open as guptill slowed down everything in the match against aussies as he dint opened his account till 20 balls...

Posted by Dummy4 on (February 27, 2011, 5:10 GMT)

New Zealand is a good team that should settle themselves and get on with the job at hand. IT is when teams are going through a bad patch that their fans should stick with them. NZ will bounce back!

Posted by Andrew on (February 27, 2011, 4:01 GMT)

I agree with insightfulcricketer, but I have to say, why is Vettori batting himself so damn low? He's one of the best batsman NZ have! Surely he knows that? Also, why the hell was Jamie How batting at 7?

Posted by dj on (February 27, 2011, 1:29 GMT)

Good point......but....he did exactly same with martin guptil....if that where to out Guptiul?

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