New Zealand in India 2010-11 October 24, 2010

Williamson, Bennett in Test squad

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New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson and fast bowlers Hamish Bennett and Andy McKay, three uncapped players, have been included in the Test squad for the three-match tour of India beginning in Ahmedabad on November 4. The 15-man team also includes batsman Martin Guptill, who was in Zimbabwe with the New Zealand A team while the national side was being drubbed 4-0 in an ODI series in Bangladesh.

"Kane Williamson is an impressive young talent and his game continues to improve with his involvement in the New Zealand team, while Bennett did everything asked of him on the recent tour of Bangladesh and offers the side a genuine pace option," New Zealand coach and selector Mark Greatbatch said.

Williamson was one batsman to emerge with any credit from New Zealand's disastrous trip to Bangladesh, scoring his maiden ODI century in one of the defeats. Bennett picked up three wickets at 24.33 apiece in the two matches he played. Guptill as well as five other players - Brent Arnel, Chris Martin, Tim McIntosh, Gareth Hopkins and Jeetan Patel - will travel to India from Zimbabwe, where they have been playing four-day matches for New Zealand A.

"The group of players coming from Zimbabwe have had the ideal preparation with three hard-fought matches in difficult conditions," Greatbatch said. "The rest of the squad have been training hard and are keen to prove that they are better that the recent performances in Bangladesh."

The tour of India, the No. 1 ranked Test side, will be a testing one for New Zealand, especially after their disheartening performances in the slow and spinner-friendly conditions in Bangladesh. "We are well aware that we are recent performances are not up to scratch and we need to improve if we are to compete with a very strong Indian side - the team is determined to do so," Greatbatch said. "Players outside the 15 will continue to be considered and we will closely monitor performances in the Plunket Shield. The door has not closed for any player."

New Zealand's previous Test series was at home against Australia in March 2010. Three players - Mathew Sinclair, Peter Ingram, and James Franklin - were cut from the squad for that series.

Squad: Daniel Vettori (capt), Brent Arnel, Hamish Bennett, Martin Guptill, Gareth Hopkins, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Tim McIntosh, Andy McKay, Jeetan Patel, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.

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  • on October 30, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    Watling is like so many nz players... They ccannot score internationally. I do watch cricket and i do look at the scores and they reflect what i see. He is young and could do with some more games, But how has been batting really well and has a above average ODI record and has scored the odd 100

  • cricmaniac51 on October 29, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    @ third gear: you are talking of era? can u tell me when did new zealand had its era in cricket??

  • mike5181 on October 29, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    @James- Yeah i do agree they should be in the squad atleast...my team would be 1.McCullum-make him take gloves back 2.Guptill- it worked for a while then his technique went AWOL 3.Taylor-leadership role to strengthen top order 4.Ryder-best talent by far 5.Williamson 6.Flynn-was consistent for us before a form slump 7.Franklin 8.Vettori 9.Mills 10.Bennett 11.Mckay/Southee....Thats a decent team if you have How, Watling, Tuffey waiting in the wings...then for ODI's just insert Oram and Styris where necessary....Hopefully that Wagner guy becomes eligible soon he looks good as a fast bowling option with a few seasons of domestic cricket under his belt waiting for eligibility....As well as the likes of Broom and Elliot who are useful.

  • ScottNZ on October 29, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    "I dont think watling or mcintosh should be playing they have not scored well at all they are more of a walking duck than guptil."

    Do you watch cricket or do you make assumptions based on the scorecards? Watling is the most impressive of any young player to join the Black Caps in the last 3 years. He is technically sound and has good temperment and when we get into a really bad situation he is normally one of the players at one end holding on.

    The character of his dismissals has been pretty damn unlucky. I agree with you on Macintosh but not Watling, Watling has a good future ahead of him.

  • on October 27, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    @mike - I know how isnt in the team but he has been in great form and needs another chance and Guptil has been playing good cricket.Mccullum isnt ta strong enough batsman to give up the gloves if he doesnt keep what is the point in having him in the team? Hopkins cannot bat internationaly as has been proven many times. I dont think watling or mcintosh should be playing they have not scored well at all they are more of a walking duck than guptil. NZ have never had operners to pick there are just none. And as of franklin he is the best test all rounder in the team and needs to be in it

  • on October 27, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Vettori does need to stand down as a selector, is this adding to why Jamie How is not in the team, I am sick of how Dan knows best, about time to think and change a few things?

  • mike5181 on October 27, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    @Mark Ling- yeah i guess good points. The only thing i really want to see at the moment is 3. McCullum 4.Taylor 5.Rhyder 6.Williamson- That could be a really got batting line up on their day...or a complete collapse but still fun to watch.

  • Third_Gear on October 27, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    @lara71 : Think WI,AUS they were dominating world cricket for year after year but never could keep their place for life time. May be Indian Cricket doing good for last few many months and u people forgot ur standard. I challenge you within 2011 Indian team will be fallen down n start to struggle by 2013 to be destroyed as a top team. Dont forget ur bowling is toothless n fielding is awful only strength is batting,Think After Sachin, Sehwag who u have ?? Time is coming we will laugh over indian team again as we were laughing before HA HA HA HA HA HA ........................at that time dont throw stones at ur players houses n abuse them as u do normally. Ups n downs are also part of Game.

  • on October 27, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    @mike5181 All the more reason to have more warmup games over there, if we aren't getting enough test matches, we need to get the side together for more first class matches. Given how bad we are in the subcontinent, we should probably have 4 first class warm up games before the first test, or at least 2, not zero, that is shameful preparation. And why did NZA tour Zimbabwe at this time, why didn't they tour India? That would have made much more sense. It's great NZA were playing at all, but If NZCricket were super smart with their scheduling, NZA would tour the country we are about to visit so when some of those guys get picked they have experience in the conditions already (that would be good for India too so that we are more competitive).

  • mike5181 on October 27, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    @Mark Ling- well why bother scheduling warm up games for test matches when we rarely play them? I think we have played like 3 test matches this entire year lol...and have done for a few years now...if you take out Bangladesh we have probably played less than half than what India and co have..and you wonder why they break all the records and stuff.

  • on October 30, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    Watling is like so many nz players... They ccannot score internationally. I do watch cricket and i do look at the scores and they reflect what i see. He is young and could do with some more games, But how has been batting really well and has a above average ODI record and has scored the odd 100

  • cricmaniac51 on October 29, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    @ third gear: you are talking of era? can u tell me when did new zealand had its era in cricket??

  • mike5181 on October 29, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    @James- Yeah i do agree they should be in the squad atleast...my team would be 1.McCullum-make him take gloves back 2.Guptill- it worked for a while then his technique went AWOL 3.Taylor-leadership role to strengthen top order 4.Ryder-best talent by far 5.Williamson 6.Flynn-was consistent for us before a form slump 7.Franklin 8.Vettori 9.Mills 10.Bennett 11.Mckay/Southee....Thats a decent team if you have How, Watling, Tuffey waiting in the wings...then for ODI's just insert Oram and Styris where necessary....Hopefully that Wagner guy becomes eligible soon he looks good as a fast bowling option with a few seasons of domestic cricket under his belt waiting for eligibility....As well as the likes of Broom and Elliot who are useful.

  • ScottNZ on October 29, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    "I dont think watling or mcintosh should be playing they have not scored well at all they are more of a walking duck than guptil."

    Do you watch cricket or do you make assumptions based on the scorecards? Watling is the most impressive of any young player to join the Black Caps in the last 3 years. He is technically sound and has good temperment and when we get into a really bad situation he is normally one of the players at one end holding on.

    The character of his dismissals has been pretty damn unlucky. I agree with you on Macintosh but not Watling, Watling has a good future ahead of him.

  • on October 27, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    @mike - I know how isnt in the team but he has been in great form and needs another chance and Guptil has been playing good cricket.Mccullum isnt ta strong enough batsman to give up the gloves if he doesnt keep what is the point in having him in the team? Hopkins cannot bat internationaly as has been proven many times. I dont think watling or mcintosh should be playing they have not scored well at all they are more of a walking duck than guptil. NZ have never had operners to pick there are just none. And as of franklin he is the best test all rounder in the team and needs to be in it

  • on October 27, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Vettori does need to stand down as a selector, is this adding to why Jamie How is not in the team, I am sick of how Dan knows best, about time to think and change a few things?

  • mike5181 on October 27, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    @Mark Ling- yeah i guess good points. The only thing i really want to see at the moment is 3. McCullum 4.Taylor 5.Rhyder 6.Williamson- That could be a really got batting line up on their day...or a complete collapse but still fun to watch.

  • Third_Gear on October 27, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    @lara71 : Think WI,AUS they were dominating world cricket for year after year but never could keep their place for life time. May be Indian Cricket doing good for last few many months and u people forgot ur standard. I challenge you within 2011 Indian team will be fallen down n start to struggle by 2013 to be destroyed as a top team. Dont forget ur bowling is toothless n fielding is awful only strength is batting,Think After Sachin, Sehwag who u have ?? Time is coming we will laugh over indian team again as we were laughing before HA HA HA HA HA HA ........................at that time dont throw stones at ur players houses n abuse them as u do normally. Ups n downs are also part of Game.

  • on October 27, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    @mike5181 All the more reason to have more warmup games over there, if we aren't getting enough test matches, we need to get the side together for more first class matches. Given how bad we are in the subcontinent, we should probably have 4 first class warm up games before the first test, or at least 2, not zero, that is shameful preparation. And why did NZA tour Zimbabwe at this time, why didn't they tour India? That would have made much more sense. It's great NZA were playing at all, but If NZCricket were super smart with their scheduling, NZA would tour the country we are about to visit so when some of those guys get picked they have experience in the conditions already (that would be good for India too so that we are more competitive).

  • mike5181 on October 27, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    @Mark Ling- well why bother scheduling warm up games for test matches when we rarely play them? I think we have played like 3 test matches this entire year lol...and have done for a few years now...if you take out Bangladesh we have probably played less than half than what India and co have..and you wonder why they break all the records and stuff.

  • on October 26, 2010, 22:58 GMT

    Am I missing something here? I looked up the tour calendar and there appear to be zero warm up matches for nz before the first test. If that is the case, that is diabolical. When India toured NZ, they even had some of their players playing in our first class cricket teams. We aren't good enough to just turn up and play. No point playing a full 3 test series if we aren't going to turn up at least 2 weeks before such a big tour. Also, while I think a couple of the selections were odd (e.g. How missing out), I think that we gotta take performances against Zimbabwe A with a grain of salt and remember he has had several chances with NZ and will get more chances soon if he keeps performing. I would never have dropped him from the ODI squad, not sure why they ever did that (on the basis of poor test cricket form?) Based on the current squad, my starting 11 is: 1. McIntosh 2. Watling 3. McCullum 4. Taylor 5. Williamson 6. Ryder 7. Vetorri 8. Hopkins 9. Southee or Arnel 10. McKay 11. Bennett

  • mike5181 on October 26, 2010, 22:26 GMT

    @James- when you call other people stupid get your facts right..Hopkins is the only wicketkeeper in that squad apart from Watling as Brendon does not keep...Franklin, How are not in the squad and Guptill as a opener is a walking wicket.

  • on October 26, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    Chris Martin is absolutely useless, why does he continue to be selected. Daryl Tuffee is a much better bowler and he is a capable batsman as well. McCullum needs to take back the gloves because Hopkins is not up to scratch at internatinal level. This should be the team. McIntosh, Watling, How, Taylor, Ryder, Williamson. McCullum, Vettori, Tuffee, McKay, Bennet. That gives us two genuinely fast bowlers, two spiners, a line and length bowler and some part timers plus we bat down to number 9.

  • on October 26, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    Are the selectors stupid... Since when has hopkins scored well internationally? or Makintosh... They dumped tuffey who was the best test bowler we have and he can bat some people are seriously dumb.. I seriously give up with nz cricket. team should be 1 How 2 Guptil 3 taylor 4 ryder 5 willamson 6 mccullum 7 vettori 8 franklin 9 tuffy 10 mills 11 bennet ( showed skill and i dont like mckay) Have willamson bowl because he is far better than patel at bowling and batting and have 4 pacers with franklin and mills withe the new ball.

  • on October 26, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    Willaimson can bat well ***. Hamish Bennett can bowl well**. Both players should be given chance in India series.

  • on October 26, 2010, 5:29 GMT

    Kane Williamson should be included in NZ team in India series.

  • Chetan007 on October 26, 2010, 3:40 GMT

    Don't take anything granted. India won the series against OZ b'coz the Indian team played well. The oz didn't give that as a gift. New Zealand in Bangladesh didn't used to the conditions there.Defeating any side in their home ground is difficult task.Don't take the opponents lightly. This is a mistake that India has already done in the past. Anyway both the teams are better.And those playing their best cricket will win this series.

  • on October 25, 2010, 22:44 GMT

    fire vetorri as captain, get rid of greatbatch, and only play mccullum if he is willing to wicket keep. the players have way too much say in what happens. bring in a proper, no- nonsense coach to sort these primadonas out. what is chris martin doing in the squad? he is well past his used by date, i wouldn't be surprised if he went through the series wicketless- even tuffey or mills would have been a stronger selection than martin. bj watling- the guy has had plenty of fails now, jamie how is playing superb cricket at the moment, i would have thought it would be a good time to give him another go up the top. watling isn't even a new zealander, he is south african. when england pick sotuh african's for their national team atleast they are good! we are going to get rolled and i hope that when we do, some heads will ROLL.

  • on October 25, 2010, 14:14 GMT

    @Jokistan Nice joke! You made my day! It was cooked up by SL media thats all. There's not one bit of proof for that unlike the Spot-fixing Jokistanis!

  • bluebillion on October 25, 2010, 9:25 GMT

    I just hope that none of the Indian test players pick up an injury in this series. It would be a big blow just before the SA tour.

    I dont think this will be a particularly close series. A 2-0 result in India's favour is most likely. For NZ to have a chance of competing, Ryder, McCullum, Taylor and Vettori need to bat as much and as high as possible. Guptill could be one to watch but his recent form hasnt been great. It is the bowling which is the biggest worrying factor for the Kiwis and if Sehwag is fit, we might see triple century number 3.

  • jokistan on October 25, 2010, 8:42 GMT

    suresh raina is involved in match fixing, he should be suspended

  • mike5181 on October 25, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    I agree with the person that said they are fat and lazy...theres a lot of talent/potential....Ryder, Taylor, Williamson have the games to average 45...Guptill (was in world ODI eleven), Flynn (used to be our best test batsmen at no.3 for like 6 solid months), McCullum and Vettori have the games to average 40...hopefully they all start playing to their potential...throw in a couple of potential 35 people like Franklin who can bowl...then add a couple of half decent bowlers...and wed have a half decent team...My dream current team with a couple of technique changes to suit a role...1.McCullum 2.Guptill 3.Flynn 4.Taylor 5.Rhyder 6. Williamson 7. Franklin 8.Vettori 9.Mills 10.Wagner (eligible soon 140km) 11.O'Brien (Might be coming back)

  • DINESHCC on October 25, 2010, 7:04 GMT

    Everyone is talking about whitewash. But India is in the habit of losing to bottom ranked teams and winning the powerfull teams convincingly. For eg. recently about 9 debutants have taken the wickets of Sachin Tendulkar. India managed to win OZ and SA at home but struggled to beat Bangladesh. When Srilanka was No.2 test team India thrashed them at home and strugged against England at Home which was No.5 at that time. Because of the heroics of Sehwag and Sachin India won the match in Chennai. In 2008 India managed to beat Australia at Perth but got follow on in Newzealand. Allowed the unknown bowler Shahadat Hossain to take five wickets in test. After the India's match Shahadat Hossain could not find a place in the BD team. In 2000 ICC Champions Trophy it has beaten Aus, SA but failed to go past Newzealand. Therefore do not take anything granted. In India all are spinner friendly tracks and Vettori is better spinner than Bhajji, Ojha and Mishra. So anything can happen

  • sodyathwal23 on October 25, 2010, 5:36 GMT

    Great news for india, I think india can win this series without sweting. The fast bowling is still concern in indian side we got bunch of fast bowler but they only bowl, medium pace. Other side new zealand got no batting any way so things will work out for indian side. I think india will make spin pitches that will trouble new zealand batting. We might see india will set some records in this test seris. Go india go. Stay on top of the rankings. I love it

  • on October 25, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    Yes the Black Caps are probably going to face another white wash in India and the simple answer is not because of personal, its becuase of the NZC Management not doing enough to keep the players active during the off season. There is so much time between series for the Black Caps its not suprising we are shit. NZC need to start taking responsibilty and promoting more NZA tours to help the test specialists gain form. This is the same year in year out. As a Black Cap fan, I have had enough!! I want to see the Black Caps play more good quality cricket and be able to compete with the big wigs!!

  • on October 25, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    Its time to improve the skills and get more practice for Indian players ahead of world cup as i believe test cricket is the original cricket and also best way to improve skills

  • Sachit1979 on October 25, 2010, 2:46 GMT

    Brendon Watling was total disaster in recent Bangladesh tour. Moreover McIntosh and Guptill had been ordinary against fragile Zimbabwe A and still these 3 are in 6 specialist batsmen Kiwi selectors selected to play against India. In bowling side also Jeeten Patel and Tim Southee not at all look like fit for test side. Are kiwis coming to gift series like that to India? Why are in form How, Flynn and Franklyn are missing? I remember last time New Zealand A toured India James Marshall had decent scores. He could also have been tried. He averaged more that 50 in last Plunket series.

  • on October 25, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    I was surprised to see the New Zealand A team line up recently. In my eyes, most of the A team players should be in the main team, while some of the main team players shouldn't even have a NZC contract.

  • stickywicketnick on October 25, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    I guess Jamie How scored too many runs to be in the Black Caps. We would rather watch players like Watling who can barley score in NZ 4-day domestic cricket, scratch around for 10.

  • Marcio on October 25, 2010, 0:50 GMT

    Gupta Ankur, India are ranked #1 in tests only, not in the other forms of the game. But with yet another home series (do India ever play outside the sub-continent?) they will have a massive edge. I wonder what India's rankings would be if they played 2/3 of their games away from home, instead of at home, as has been the case in the last 2 years.

  • kuroneko on October 25, 2010, 0:11 GMT

    I wouldn't write us off just yet. The performance against Bangladesh was abysmal, but I'm strangely positive that this tour of India won't quite be the disaster we think it will be. Our 1st Test team should look like this: 1-Watling, 2-McIntosh, 3-McCullum, 4-Taylor, 5-Ryder, 6-Williamson, 7-Vettori, 8-Hopkins, 9-Patel, 10-Southee, 11-Arnel. Now is the time for our talented 3-4-5 axis to start stepping up. No more excuses. Batting conditions in India should be good. It is up to the batsmen to deliver and give our spinners something to bowl at.

  • NZ-Bonza on October 24, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    Hmmm.... whilst I do think NZ will get thrashed senseless in India it is still a good chance to blood some youth and experimetn a bit. NZ has all the talent, but do not play enough Test cricket to be competitve in this format. Barring the recent Bangladesh debarkle, NZ has alway been a good ODI team because they have played so much ODI cricket and have learnt along the way. The batsmen lack any sort of application in Tests and play a Test innings like an ODI innings because they simply do not play enough Test cricket, or cricket in general over in the Subcontinent. McIntosh has the application but needs a McCullum type scorer at the other end to avoid pressure building up and risks being taken. Now is the perfect time to experiment as they are expected to get a drubbing anyway so my XI would be: 1- McIntosh 2-McCullum 3-Guptil 4-Taylor 5-Ryder 6-Williamson 7-Vettori 8-Hopkins 9-Southee 10-Tuffey 11-Mackay

  • Octa on October 24, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    with mccullum earmarked at 3 (from what ive read from selectors..

    the team is likely to be

    1.McIntosh 2.Watling (id have How) 3.McCullum (another no3 experiment) 4.Taylor 5.Ryder 6 Williamson 7.Hopkins+ 8.Vettori (c) 9.Southee 10.Arnell 11 Martin

    Martin is Vettoris no1 bowler - personally id rather have McKays pace - I would consider playing Bennett for Southee for raw pace but this is test level and hes unproven yet.

    I am interested to see how the Seweg copycat routine of McCullum will go. I think its probably his best bet to stay in the team if hes not going to keep (i think he has a back problem - thats why hes dropping keeping)

  • lara71 on October 24, 2010, 23:31 GMT

    sorry to say it but NEWZEALAND ARE GOIN TO BE DESTROYED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!HHAHAHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • beejaytee on October 24, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Wow. A lot of pretty silly comments. Tuffey & Mills? Big, older, injury-prone fast bowlers, neither ever a force in the long form, with an ODI world cup around the corner? Yeah, let's pick them. Good idea.

    And while we're at it, let's dump all of our young batsmen for older, tried-and-failed options like How. Someone actually suggested bringing Lou Vincent back. Hilarious.

    Get seious. NZ is never going to have the player pool of the big gun nations. Never. Pretending we can just swap players in and out, and get performances like Australia get from Bollinger or Payne or Hughes is just ridiculous.

    India are probably going to whitewash us. Duh. This is not something to get upset about. They are the best side in the world, and virtually unbeatable at home since forever. Adjust your expectations to something realistic (say, maybe a draw or two? A century per test from the batting? A breakthrough tour for one or two of our pacemen?) and things may not seem so damn depressing.

  • on October 24, 2010, 23:17 GMT

    The sad part is the NZ team is packed full of talent. Taylor and Ryder could be 2 of the best international batsmen around if they werent fat and lazy. McCullum is one of the best wicketkeeper batsmens in the world but hes too arrogant. (Not keeping is a selfish decision that compromises the balance of the team.) Vettori is a great player but he cant be star bowler, star batsman, captain, selector, coach and water boy. In Williamson and Southee you got great young talent but they need a strong healthy environment to develop.

    Most past NZ teams woul kill for the talent the current teams has but the current team is a disgrace. It all went wrong when the players removed Andy Moles and decided they could do things better themselves. All theyve achieved is making NZ the joke of world cricket.

    NZ needs a coach to come in to put senior players such as Vettori, McCullum, Taylor & Ryder in there place. And if they dont like that they should FO for the good of NZ cricket.

  • Graeme_Swanns_Cat on October 24, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    Indian fans getting too confident. Sure, India is the fav but NZ will not be a walkover. They will put up a decent fight.

  • tompuffin on October 24, 2010, 22:42 GMT

    Guys, don't diss us kiwis. Yes, we did get thrashed by one of the lowest ranking teams in the test playing world, and we are going through a bit of a slump, but every country goes through this period. Stop embarrassing your countries by making arrogant remarks- your time will come...... :D

  • youfoundme on October 24, 2010, 22:41 GMT

    I guess I would have to go with this line-up then: 1. How 2. McCullum 3. Taylor 4. Guptill/Williamson 5. Ryder 6. Vettori(c) 7. Watling(w) 8. Franklin 9. Tuffey 10. Southee 11. McKay - 12th Man: Bennett

  • maddy20 on October 24, 2010, 22:32 GMT

    Are How and Franklin serving jailtime or something? Why on earth would they be omitted from the squad? Looks like NZ hasn't learned the lessons from Bangladesh tour!

  • georgehegarty on October 24, 2010, 22:14 GMT

    With the fragility of the New Zealand top order we need to have six specialist batsmen with Vettori at eight. McIntosh is on his last legs, Franklin and Patel cant foot it at the top level. From that Squad I Would have 1.Guptill 2.McIntosh 3.McCullum 4.Taylor 5.Ryder 6.Williamson 7.Hopkins 8.Vettori 9.Bennett 10.Arnel 11.Martin

  • Rukus_NZ on October 24, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    Urgh --- why do we persist with Gareth hopkins? His batting is terrible!! And Jetan can never take more than 1 - 2 wickets a game... And CHRIST MARTIN!! Dude his test was terrible against Australia in March, took one wicket in the entire game.... I hate to say this, but the selectors need to pull thier heads from under the ground and be realistic... JAMIE HOW should be playing - Brendon should keep and we need to kick hopkins t o touch.... Mark my words!

  • fnarr on October 24, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    It won't be a walkover, but it's still hard to see NZ taking 20 wickets to win a game. I would have had How, Franklin and Tuffey in the squad, in place of Watling, Patel and Bennett. From this squad, the team for the first test should be: 1. McIntosh 2. Watling/Guptill 3. McCullum 4. Taylor 5. Ryder 6. Williamson 7. Hopkins (wk) 8. Vettori 9. Southee 10. Arnel 11. Martin. Williamson provides a second spin option (NZ simply doesn't have a second front-line spinner of quality and in form right now) and the team bats deep. Pressure would be on Martin in the first game to prove he still deserves his place.

  • on October 24, 2010, 20:47 GMT

    Oh New zealand please come back soon.....you have lot of good option to play good players in a match... Good to see the New Zealand selectors are still stubbornly refusing to pick players on form........

  • mikriket on October 24, 2010, 19:38 GMT

    I think the tour should be cancelled and replaced by an A team tour to prepare futuer talent. Its going to be a complete wipe out and a blow that the Black Caos will takes years to recover from

  • on October 24, 2010, 19:18 GMT

    Again New Zealand pick out of form players, is Daniel Vettori capable of being Captin, Selector and Coach. I am very concern on our bats man ability to bat for time and stay at the crease. I am very frstrated on how the Bangladesh series went shows that there is some wrong in the squad, I agree with Cuzzie1988 of the squad of Ideal squad: 1-How, 2-McIntosh, 3-Taylor, 4- Ryder, 5-Guptill, 6-McCullum(wk), 7-Vettori, 8-Franklin, 9-Hopkins, 10-Tuffey 11-Arnel. Other squad members: Watling, Williamson, Southee, Bennett, How needs to be back showed his true class in t20 champs

  • on October 24, 2010, 18:57 GMT

    Well we want good competitive test cricket can so some courage against the number one side in test cricket. As an Indian i think it will be a white wash.

  • sonjjay on October 24, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    @Gupta Ankur so dude when are u gonna stop embarrasing us with such cocky remarks,everytime i see the indian team getting verbally bashed by others and sadly most of the times its our own guys who start the trash talk. Respect the opposition the kiwi fans are going through a tough time and would do better if u dont post such obtuse comments.

  • on October 24, 2010, 16:12 GMT

    It is really frustrating,discouraging,hopeless and demoralising selection again,the Captaincy is also Poor,Stephen Fleming was such a good Captain,Batsman,Player I really hope he was stil therre.Anyways it is great to see and it gives hope that more people talk about How,Franklin,and Mills that they should have been in the team.Moazam Ali from Islamabad,Pakistan.

  • on October 24, 2010, 15:38 GMT

    jammie HOw looked such talent. Cant believe he not present. He looks as good as Ross Taylor. We want good players to come to India.

  • on October 24, 2010, 15:32 GMT

    marshall brothers franklin tuffey how those guys are soo much better

  • Lord_Dravid on October 24, 2010, 15:06 GMT

    laugh @ Michael Q Todd..

  • cuzzie1988 on October 24, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    It looks as though the selectors are sticking with the status quo for the most part but they have got it wrong. James Franklin did enough on the tour of Zimbabwe for NZA to keep his spot, at least in the squad. Patel was average at best in the same tour, and hasn't really performed all that well in the last 12 months. How doesn't have an outstanding Test record, but he is in form at the moment and deserved a spot in the squad. Styris would be handy on this tour and if Iain O'Brien had his situation sorted by now he may have been considered for selection. Ideal squad: 1-How, 2-McIntosh, 3-Taylor, 4- Ryder, 5-Guptill, 6-McCullum(wk), 7-Vettori, 8-Franklin, 9-Hopkins, 10-Tuffey 11-Arnel. Other squad members: Watling, Williamson, Southee, Bennett

  • Lord_Dravid on October 24, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    oh dear! new zealand what are u doing?!

  • kvirdi on October 24, 2010, 12:47 GMT

    I personally feel that you can't take NZ team for granted as they are capable of beating any team on a given day. I surely back them for ODIs and looking forward for a tough fight in tests. They are very good spinner and leader Vettori who always lead from the front. I admire him a lot and he need genuine support from rest of the team members to pull a *miracle* win in test match. As an Indian, I would love to see another white wash but looking forward for a competitive cricket just like Australian did in their tour.

  • hickmon on October 24, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Good to see the New Zealand selectors are still stubbornly refusing to pick players on form. I look forward to the side representing my country getting slaughtered at the hands of a far superior side.

  • Lakpj on October 24, 2010, 11:50 GMT

    It will be a mis match between these 2 sides in India. NZ just don't have the power match to match a good team. they miss bond badly. that cost them in Bangladesh. taylor, vetorri are the only quality players in this team. Ryder and Maccullam are good on a given day, but not consistent.

  • on October 24, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    I like Mike5181's team, how can we get you in the selector's chair?

  • on October 24, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    No wonder we lose, the selectors don't seem to have any regard for experience in a Test side. What on earth have Franklin, How or Tuffey done wrong?

  • Tigg on October 24, 2010, 11:01 GMT

    What is Chris Martin doing in the squad. He has lost his nip and gets less movement than when he used to.

    Back the youngsters.

  • sachin_vvsfan on October 24, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    Kane williams wasn't impressive in ODIs against india. Anyways i expect much better performance from the new players not for the nationalistic reasons but to get noticed by IPL scouts (as pointed out by Nige_C). Best wishes

  • on October 24, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    Good to finally see a full series against a visiting team; without the seven ODI overkill. This is a good balanced series. I would love it if the Indian team wins the first 2 tests and then sends the core to SA for acclimatization and give opportunities to youngsters like Pujara another crack at test cricket (this will give us a little peek into the future). Unlike aussies, if NZ can get their batting right; their dour batting style might result in a drawn match; NZ actually might be difficult to win over. I still remember back in 2004 when they went undefeated in all the tests and lost only one ODI to India in the triangular. All the best NZ !!! This must be a good experience / preparation for the WC for this new team where most of them are playing here for the first time - Srini from Florida.

  • Vilander on October 24, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Razor88, true about everything you said, but why are you longing to see our guys play in Pakistan..and wouldn't it we nice if its 5 tests,2 tt or 3 odi ?

  • Rar0 on October 24, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    Hopkins is not an automatic selection - BJ Watling also keeps wicket... And I would also like 2 see McCullum batting at number 3... that may fix the balance of the team...

  • regofpicton on October 24, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    It'is obviously going to be a very tough tour, but test cricket is supposed to be tough. I still reckon How deserved a chance, probably instead of Watling, and Tuffey instead of Hopkins, with McCullum required to keep. But would that make a difference? Probably not - India are just about bullet proof at home at the moment, as a fairly decent Australian side just found out. Sometimes November can be the cruelest month!

  • on October 24, 2010, 10:31 GMT

    If that is the squad and Franklin is not included, McCullum is a batsman now and none of the bowlers can bat then the team for the first test should be:

    McIntosh, McCullum, Taylor, Ryder, Guptill, Williamson, Vettori, Hopkins, McKay, Bennett, Martin.

    Vettori cannot bat at 6 if there is no batting to come, and two of our best batsmen have to bat in the top 3. In the past NZ batted its best batsmen effectively 4 to 8.

  • on October 24, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    I believe the following NZ team would be far better then the current one.

    Hopkins (Captn+Wicket Kipper), Hamish Marshell, Peter Fulton, Mathew Sinclare, Lue Vincent, Vettori, Chris Martin, James Frenklien, Tem sauthe, Grant Elliet, Nathan Mcullum, I would say the 12th man would RosTyler

  • amclean on October 24, 2010, 10:12 GMT

    NZ has a history of all-rounders helping them to success in recent times - Cairns, Nash, Oram etc. Franklin's form with the bat for Gloucestershire and NZ A would be an ideal choice here to bat 6, with Vettori, Hopkins, Patel and two quicks to follow. With such an inexperienced top order, leaving Franklin out is an enormous gamble.

  • on October 24, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    I believe Vettori is one of the finest spinner, but I don't think if he is great leader. I don't even know if Nash is a good selector either because he wasn't a good player when he was playing cricket for New Zealand. It's a big shame for NZ cricket board if they give full control to Vettori, so he can decide who ever he wants to be selected in the team. Myself I have played cricket and I have successfully prevented those guys playing cricket in our team who were far better than me and could have lead even better but I was just a good opening batsman, that's what happens in NewZealand today. Where is Lue Vincent, where are Marshal Brothers, what about Chris Martin, what about Hopkins, aren't they good enough, if you give a proper chance to Mathew senclier he is the best, I have seen him, where is Perter Pulton, this current team is complete shamble I believe. Remove Vettori from Captaincy, Remove this guy Dion Nash from selection, Even this Justin Vaughn shouldn't be there.SAVE NZ

  • on October 24, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    @Razor88 - well said sir! @Ravi - giving Indian fans a bad name - way to many of your kind around. Cricinfo should edit arrogant bias out of comments. For the sake of fans like Razor88 i hope India goes well. For the sake of Ravi, i hope all his heroes have shockers. looking forward to seeing Kane Williamson play for NZ - heard a lot about him and i hope for the future of NZ cricket hes the real dal - how much longer can Vettorri do it all himself?

  • on October 24, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    @Arthaurian - Well Said... Its going to be a massacre..

  • Bigtimmy on October 24, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    McCullum, How, Taylor, Ryder, Williamson, Franklin, Vettori, Hopkins, Mills, Southee, McKay

    no point wasting time with the openers we have at the moment

  • Arthaurian on October 24, 2010, 9:27 GMT

    Its going to be a massacre

  • mike5181 on October 24, 2010, 9:07 GMT

    @Dyldog_NZ- remember Brendon is not wicketkeeper in tests anymore so hopkins is an automatic selection even though it hurts the team balance...man if we actually had loyal unselfish players who wernt little girls getting injured all the time we would have a half decent team.....1.McCullem (wk)- dude says he wants to play up the order 2.Guptill 3.Taylor 4.Styris 5.Williamson 6.Rhyder 7.Oram 8.Franklin 9.Vettori 10.Mills 11. O'brien (might be returning to nz-was in the nz paper today). This team would actually have a decent chance in beating most sides, with a long batting line up and heaps of bowling options as well as variety. The team going to India is a joke compared to this side...

  • nzcricket174 on October 24, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    NZ should play for draws in all of the matches. They need to make sure they don't lose so they can build their confidence over again. We don't want to end up like WI (though we never got to the peak they did). The main threats for me are Harbhajan and Ojha. The key batsmen for me are McIntosh and Ryder for me. The reason McIntosh is key is because he can bat time, a very long time. Ryder will have very fond memories of 2009 when he brought up his maiden double century against India..then bowled by an angry Zaheer the next ball. Here's my best choice team. 1-McIntosh 2-Watling/How 3-Taylor 4-McCullum 5-Ryder 6-Williamson 7-Vettori 8-Franklin 9-Tuffey 10-Southee/Mills 11-Bennet/Martin. For this team make Watling keep so that he adds at least some value to the team (and also balance). This order is a MUST because you need a long batting order to at least get some confidence with your batting skills. Mills and Franklin aren't in the squad, but they should be.

  • on October 24, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Why is Kyle Mills and Darryl Tuffey not here for the bowling? Kyle Mills is i feel New Zealands best bowler behind Martin so you would think he would also be there. This line up also suggests that vettori will bat at 6 again as they have included no seam bowling all rounder. Vettori should be at 8 but as there is no allrounder he will have to bat at 6 to allow two spinners to play and 3 seamers. Kane Williamson is too inexperienced too debut against the best team in the world as is Hamish Bennett. And now that McCullum is not keeping they have to re do the whole line up. I would have included Franklin Tuffey and Mills and also Sinclair. My ideal team would be. 1 McIntosh, 2 Watling, 3, McCullum, 4 Talyor, 5 Ryder, 6, Franklin, 7 Hopkins, 8 Vettori, 10, Mills, 11, Martin.

  • on October 24, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    i think wiliamson still needs a bit of time in 50 overs before he plays in the test arena and that also in the sub continent.In place of him jamie how should have been given a chance considering his form in champions league and zimbawe.Rest of the team is above average to say the most.ross taylor and vettori are world class guptill and ryder have to learn to build an innings.the other problem is that who will keep wickets as brendon plays in the top order.If all goes well i think there is a slight chance for nz to create an upset......best of luck to them.....

  • Razor88 on October 24, 2010, 8:26 GMT

    oh! Why I don't know we Indian Fans Decide the result even Before the Series has started... It happened Before Aussies Series too. But we were not all that correct... we dint smash them or destroy them in anyway... Even though Aussies got whitewashed in both(this was hardly a series.....this is some kinda joke having 2 test and 1 ODI in a series Between Ind and Aus)the Aussies were really good,If and only if Clarke had performed it would have been a diff story. But finally we get to see a Good Full series (BCCI we Love cricket.....But plz don't play it everyday) i don't know how the Foreign tour is planned, but i hope in a Year India can Play atleast 4 full series(5 ODIs , 3 Test and 2 T20) Out of the 4 series... 2 should be played home and the other 2 away...Home conditions means Sub Continent SL included(i don't think we will be playin Pak in PaK anytime soon,waiting for one :().... But On the series - Even Contest Both have good players.......

  • gfthgh on October 24, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    if they wanted to give chance to new babys make arragement for india a ,newziland a australia seres. it will realey kill the popularity if top players wont play 50 over match. witha out sachin ,sahwag ,rahul, laxman,dhoni ,raina,khan,harbajan no body fill it is a indian senior team. and the end of 50 over match and 20 over become more important than 50 over match.

  • on October 24, 2010, 7:55 GMT

    Be ready for white wash once again.......best wishes to kiwis

  • youfoundme on October 24, 2010, 7:53 GMT

    As far as I'm concerned, my line up is out of this batch of players is: 1. Watling 2. McIntosh 3. Taylor 4. Ryder 5. Guptill 6. Williamson 7. McCullum 8. Vettori 9. Southee 10. McKay 11. Bennett. It would be different (obviously) with Franklin, Tuffey and How were selected.

  • Nige_C on October 24, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    The synical side of me thinks that the NZ team will suddenly raise their performance markedly from the tour of Bangladesh, but not for nationalistic reasons. No, they will raise their standard because this is the home of the IPL! They know that this is their chance to promote themselves in India and therefore increase their chances of an IPL contract. In terms of the team selection I cannot understand why they keep picking Martin he is at the end of his career has never consistently performed the role of strike bowler and he is not there for his batting! I think Franklin (given his form in Zim for NZ A) is very unlucky and must have annoyed Vettori somewhere onlong the line in the past! How is also unlucky not to go as he outperformed Guptil in the NZ A tour to Zim. My out of the blue pick would have been Andre Adams who was one of the top bowlers in the English country session. Again personality wise he has annoyed people, but NZ cannot afford to be picky we don't have the depth.

  • NonStriker on October 24, 2010, 7:43 GMT

    The selectors are have obviously decided that pace is paramount, hence Bennett and Mckay, average first class records notwithstanding. Despite being a big'un Tuffey barely hits the crease with any intent at all these days and he's hardly a threat on NZ seamers against international batsmen so he's hardly going to trouble Tendulkar etc etc etc in India. I rate a sober and fit Ryder our best batsman, he looks like he wants to bat forever. If we're going to get anything from this tour well need him in bed with his Milo and teddy bear at 9pm every night.

  • on October 24, 2010, 7:41 GMT

    Kane Williamson is the only best thing the New Zealand selectors have done in their entire life. he is the Martin Crowe of the future. and for the team and the series with India, Only god knows how they are gonna face the brutal Indian team!!! The Indian team please have mercy on the New Zealanders!!!!

  • raghu86 on October 24, 2010, 7:01 GMT

    No surprises. Expected the same team really. Though would have included how, franklin and tuffey in the team, ahead of watling, bennet and arnel. The problem for nz is that none of the new batsmen have taken their chances. Not that those in the team have done exceptionally well, but at least they have shown some consistency and potential, except Watling, who as a reserve batsman is a strange choice and i think how would have been much better. The nz team should be: brendon, tim, guptill, ryder, taylor, kane, hopkins, vettori, southee, mckay, martin.

  • Mattthew on October 24, 2010, 6:54 GMT

    please tell me why James Franklin and Daryl Tuffey are not in the test team Franklin would go in for Andy Mckay and Daryl would go in for Hamish Bennett because he hasnt had enough experience thats what we need most of. Daryl and James has a lot of test experience and i bet they have gone to india.

  • on October 24, 2010, 6:50 GMT

    alright but i think nz will be easily beaten by india

  • ani_che on October 24, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    GUPTILL,TAYLOR,RYDER(when he feels like,that is!) ,WILLIAMSON and ofcourse,MCCULLUM are the real international standard batsmen they have.they shud b dealt with patience!

  • aannuupp on October 24, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    i don't think going with kane williamson is a good idea in the sub continent.

  • jonesy2 on October 24, 2010, 6:18 GMT

    darryl tuffey?.....................................

  • mike5181 on October 24, 2010, 5:50 GMT

    We need a real long batting line up as well as an attack which has to take twenty wickets in a match....which is quite frankly not possible, Franklin should of been included and How and Flynn should be in the squad atleast. My ideal team i guess would be.....1. Macintosh 2. McCullem 3. Taylor 4. Willamson 5. Rhyder 6. Guptill 7. Franklin 8. Hopkins 9. Vettori 10. Mckay 11. Martin...i dunno bowling does not look strong enough now...um...1.Macintosh 2.Watling 3.Taylor 4.Williamson 5.Rhyder 6.Guptill 7.Hopkins 8.Vettori 9.Mckay 10.Bennett 11.Martin-geez i dunno...were new zealanders haha who actually cares anymore...rugby, league, football, basketball, netball are all just as important to us now after that last series.

  • on October 24, 2010, 5:20 GMT

    sure.Be ready for clean swip one time more

  • on October 24, 2010, 5:04 GMT

    This is another ridiculous,nonsense Selection,it is again very dissapointing and demoralising,The team Should have included Jamie How,James Franklin and Kyle Mills.However it is good to see Tim Southee and Kane Wiliamson in the team,McIntosh,Watling,Bennett,Arnel,Martin,Mckay and Ryder should not have been included in the team.

    1.How,2.Mcullum,3.Williamson,4.Taylor,5.Franklin,6.Guptil,7.Vettori,8.Hopkins,9.Mills,10.Southee,11.Patel.

    Moazam Ali from Islamabad,Pakistan

  • on October 24, 2010, 5:01 GMT

    white wash for sure ,,kiwis be prepare

  • on October 24, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    I cannot believe that they would not pick tuffey, hes steady with the ball and has really improved with the bat, it seems strange to pick bennet on two ODI performances over someone with as much experience as tuffey

  • Fydd on October 24, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Because of the debacle in Bangladesh, new faces are needed in the NZ side. I don't think this team will give much of a fight with India, lambs to the slaughter really.Why they persist with BJ Watling and perhaps Jeetan Patel is beyond me. BJ Watling has a very average record (just thirty in first class cricket), and a shocker against Bangladesh. The cupboards are pretty bare, but I think someone like Jamie How is a bit better than Watling. Perhaps also try batters like Myburgh of Canterbury. I think Patel is not much of a force as a spinner, as can be seen by his poor peformances in Zimbabwe for NZ A.

  • geebob on October 24, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    It's a weird time for a Kiwi fan. This is THE TEAM for the next 2-3yrs, but they're failing so badly .. they don't look like gelling at all.. and totally uninterested

  • Octa on October 24, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Jamie How had to be in the running - on results he surely gets picked ahead of Guptil? Yet again the selectors fail to learn a lesson from history - your best 3 batsmen need to play at 3-4-5 Lets hope they don't persist with experiments at no3.

    I would have gone for McIntosh/How/Taylor/Ryder/Sinclair/Williamson/McCullum/Vettori/Arnell/Bennett/McKay

    Rotate in Southee and Martin to relieve tired bowlers.

    There is nothe patel adds that Williamson cant cover in terms of second spin. Ryder can add some medium pace.

    I thought Sinclair battled as hard as anyone against the aussies last summer and deserves another go but maybe not thrust in at 3 as always due to our fragile openers.

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 24, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    I think they will beaten comprehensively...........when you lose to lowest ranked test team..............you cannot even dream to draw against the best team in the world....

  • on October 24, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Why is How not in the squad?

  • on October 24, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    From Bangladesh,Best wishe's to NZ cricket for Indian tour.Please do forget what happen to BD tour give your best in the up coming series.We Bangladeshi alway's have very high respect to NZ cricket authority becox you are the only test team who visit's BD regularly & support our cricket

  • jimbirchall on October 24, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Still a weak looking team, i think Chris Martin must be Greatbatch's love child.The top order has been tried and failed, and the dibbly dobblers in the attack coupled with Vettoris and Patel's nude spin will have the indians laughing. I sound like a doomsayer i know, but NZ cricket is in big trouble.

  • on October 24, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    India are you scared? Batting order McIntosh, Watling, Williamson, Taylor, Ryder, McCullum, Vettori, Hopkins, Patel, Arnel, Martin

  • on October 24, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    WOW! With this New Zealand team, they are going to get hammered. I am predicting another whitewash by India.

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  • on October 24, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    WOW! With this New Zealand team, they are going to get hammered. I am predicting another whitewash by India.

  • on October 24, 2010, 3:28 GMT

    India are you scared? Batting order McIntosh, Watling, Williamson, Taylor, Ryder, McCullum, Vettori, Hopkins, Patel, Arnel, Martin

  • jimbirchall on October 24, 2010, 3:30 GMT

    Still a weak looking team, i think Chris Martin must be Greatbatch's love child.The top order has been tried and failed, and the dibbly dobblers in the attack coupled with Vettoris and Patel's nude spin will have the indians laughing. I sound like a doomsayer i know, but NZ cricket is in big trouble.

  • on October 24, 2010, 3:57 GMT

    From Bangladesh,Best wishe's to NZ cricket for Indian tour.Please do forget what happen to BD tour give your best in the up coming series.We Bangladeshi alway's have very high respect to NZ cricket authority becox you are the only test team who visit's BD regularly & support our cricket

  • on October 24, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    Why is How not in the squad?

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 24, 2010, 4:24 GMT

    I think they will beaten comprehensively...........when you lose to lowest ranked test team..............you cannot even dream to draw against the best team in the world....

  • Octa on October 24, 2010, 4:28 GMT

    Jamie How had to be in the running - on results he surely gets picked ahead of Guptil? Yet again the selectors fail to learn a lesson from history - your best 3 batsmen need to play at 3-4-5 Lets hope they don't persist with experiments at no3.

    I would have gone for McIntosh/How/Taylor/Ryder/Sinclair/Williamson/McCullum/Vettori/Arnell/Bennett/McKay

    Rotate in Southee and Martin to relieve tired bowlers.

    There is nothe patel adds that Williamson cant cover in terms of second spin. Ryder can add some medium pace.

    I thought Sinclair battled as hard as anyone against the aussies last summer and deserves another go but maybe not thrust in at 3 as always due to our fragile openers.

  • geebob on October 24, 2010, 4:31 GMT

    It's a weird time for a Kiwi fan. This is THE TEAM for the next 2-3yrs, but they're failing so badly .. they don't look like gelling at all.. and totally uninterested

  • Fydd on October 24, 2010, 4:51 GMT

    Because of the debacle in Bangladesh, new faces are needed in the NZ side. I don't think this team will give much of a fight with India, lambs to the slaughter really.Why they persist with BJ Watling and perhaps Jeetan Patel is beyond me. BJ Watling has a very average record (just thirty in first class cricket), and a shocker against Bangladesh. The cupboards are pretty bare, but I think someone like Jamie How is a bit better than Watling. Perhaps also try batters like Myburgh of Canterbury. I think Patel is not much of a force as a spinner, as can be seen by his poor peformances in Zimbabwe for NZ A.

  • on October 24, 2010, 4:52 GMT

    I cannot believe that they would not pick tuffey, hes steady with the ball and has really improved with the bat, it seems strange to pick bennet on two ODI performances over someone with as much experience as tuffey