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Wright defends playing extra batsman

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February 27, 2011

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Jamie How cuts loose during practice, Dhaka, October 5, 2008
Jamie How, a regular opener, batted at No.7 © AFP
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John Wright, the New Zealand coach, has defended the team's decision to pick Jamie How ahead of allrounder Jacob Oram and Kyle Mills in the defeat against Australia in Nagpur. New Zealand went in with an extra specialist batsman with How, a regular opener who was dropped down to No.7, making 22 in his team's score of 206.

The match was New Zealand's first major fixture of this World Cup and Wright, while acknowledging the ploy didn't pay off, said the team had decided to strengthen its batting against a potent Australian pace attack. "We wanted to strengthen our batting because we knew Australia would come at us with pace on a number of fronts," Wright said of How's inclusion. "Particularly around that secondary ball, we thought it would be nice to have a guy who can play pace well and Jamie is a very good player of pace to counter that.

"But it didn't work, did it?"

Wright confirmed Mills was fit for the game, and said he will get his chance against Zimbabwe on March 4 in New Zealand's next fixture. "Kyle's back to full fitness. He's trained well the last two days, but we felt that the two pace bowlers and two spinners against Australia was the right option so he'll get his opportunity in the next game."

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Comments: 7 
Posted by   on (February 28, 2011, 14:36 GMT)

GaryEaser- disagree with Swissjacko - sure England might be hitting the ones and twos well but were completely reliant on Strauss again against India. NZ need a man at the crease who can offer guaranteed runs and not pyke. Still a lot of gams to go. Looking forward to going to Sri Lanka vs Austraya and NZ vs Pakistan. Shirts off for the last one eh...

Posted by R-Weavers on (February 28, 2011, 2:50 GMT)

these comments are spot on, the lack of concentration and ability of the top order to rotate the strike drive me to the drink. my youngest son could do better (not so sure about my eldest)

Posted by PEkans on (February 28, 2011, 0:36 GMT)

swissjacko is spot on, where were the ones & twos against Australia? shocking lack of skills and technical awareness from the top down. disappointing that J Wright hasn't been able to start putting things right, things are obviously rotten at NZ cricket

Posted by swissjacko on (February 27, 2011, 16:03 GMT)

you can see how John Wright would come to a decision to play an extra batsman when the likes of B McCullum throw away their wicket almost every game. A first choice XI withl Franklin and How in it is very weak indeed. I'm watching England work the ball round nicely at the moment - I dont think the NZ team even know how to hit singles at the moment... they only trade in boundaries, oh, and giving away their wicket.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2011, 8:59 GMT)

@ Srini Vasan, yes clever bowler, but crap batsman nowadays. What has Oram scored in the last 2 years that has been noteworthy? Oh, that's right, nothing.

Posted by   on (February 27, 2011, 8:16 GMT)

foolish thing to drop oram, he is a clever bowler ,

Posted by loggerhead on (February 27, 2011, 7:50 GMT)

It's hard to question an extra batsman when you can only make just over 200 with 7 of them. Maybe a new ploy could be for the selectors to pick the same team for the rest of the tournament (bar injury) and say "your place in the team doesn't depend on the next game, go out and express yourself"

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