India v New Zealand, 5th ODI, Chennai December 10, 2010

Vettori backs Franklin for World Cup squad

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Daniel Vettori, the New Zealand captain, has said allrounder James Franklin's performances in the ODI series against India have made him a strong contender for a place in the World Cup squad. Franklin was the visitor's only bright spark in a series that saw them lose 0-5 and extend their run of defeats without a win to 11. He narrowly missed out on his first ODI century, making 98 not out in the fourth ODI in Bangalore, and got 72 not out in the third match in Vadodara.

"Franklin has been in and out of the team but he has performed well on this tour," Vettori, who is also a New Zealand selector, said. "There are about three guys competing for that [the allrounder's] place in the World Cup team, but James has proved himself worthy of a spot."

Franklin wasn't in New Zealand's original squad for either the Tests or the ODIs. He was flown in as a replacement for the injured fast bowler Hamish Bennett during the Tests, and then took Jesse Ryder's place in the squad for the one-dayers as well after Ryder injured his calf.

Vettori said India's balanced side was the difference between the two teams. "India scored over us because they struck a balance in every department in the Tests as well as the ODI series. We were not consistent. One day we batted and bowled well but the other day we didn't. In one-day matches you have to display some specific abilities like the ones India showed."

Vettori, though, was confident there wouldn't be questions over his captaincy following the poor run. "I think I have led the team as well as I can. We understand the result. They change me if they feel there is a need to do it." He has captained New Zealand in 73 ODIs.

New Zealand's next assignment is a home series against Pakistan, which will see them play three Twenty20 internationals, three Tests and six ODIs between December 10 and February 5. Vettori said New Zealand needed to perform against Pakistan to regain confidence ahead of the World Cup, but they were more comfortable playing at home. All of New Zealand's last eleven losses have come on subcontinent pitches. The last time they played an ODI series at home was against Australia in March, a series they lost 3-2. In February, they beat Bangladesh 3-0 at home.

India's tour of South Africa begins with the first Test at Centurion on December 16, and Vettori said India had a good chance of winning. "India have been the leading team in Tests in recent times. They are an experienced side with some remarkably talented batsmen and bowlers. I think cricket fans would be keen that they play some lively cricket and win."

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  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2010, 16:03 GMT

    @hashabjp: I Completely Agree With You.....! You Post Two Golden Comments....!

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    BravoBravo, I think betting on Aus without realising the strength of other teams perticularly like the present England, India, SL, SA and even NZ (if Oram, Ryder, Franklin and Styris all plays as allrounders besides Vettori and junior McCullum) is definetely a blunder. I am sure NZ will come back strongly and they do have talented team. I will keep BD, WI, Pak out of equation for the coming world cup eventhough BD beat NZ.

  • ras on December 11, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Mr. ROSS TAYLOR you tip india for the WC. this show the lack of belief of new zealand team. shouldn't you be practicing more to post decent scores instead of making such statements. try to be at the crease more.

  • ras on December 11, 2010, 12:49 GMT

    OH WELL. What pathetic show by new zealand. Its not that india played better. Its sad that New Zealand played such worse. Can someone tell me what the new zealand coach is doing ? If i was the coach i would tell new zealand openers to stay till 20 overs, no matter how many runs they scored, then i would tell the 3,4 and 5 batsman to stay till the next 20 overs and then the rest to follow in the last ten. This way the batsman will learn to stay at the crease. Yeah you will loose few matches due to this but after 20-30 matches, the batsmen will learn how to adapt and score runs. Its pathetic that such talent of guptill, Mccullum, taylor, williamson (the lads got talent, please hone him), get to post such pathetic scores. ALSO MR.

  • vijay on December 11, 2010, 8:32 GMT

    @ BravoBravo: Wakeup and watch last 1 year cricket played by Aussies. looks like you are sleeping from wc2007 and just wokeup to comment.

  • rahul on December 11, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    Whatever he means by saying he is backing franklin for the wc. I mean franklin was the best batsman for nz in the series. He should be a permanent fixture now. And they should for once and all get rid of how, styris, elliot, mcintosh and hopkins, who are all 30+ and technically inept. Rather get in youngsters like brownlie or kitchen. Todd astle is a talented spinner and can be given a go. When do kruger van wyk and neil wagner qualify for nz? If not wyk, then De brooder should be the keeper. Team for pak series: guptill, mccullum, williamson, ryder, taylor, franklin, van wyk, vettori, tuffey, martin, mckay. Brownlie, kitchen, boorder, astle, wagner, mills, southee.

  • Rupok on December 11, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    @BravoBravo, India didn't go their original team I must remind you. Big names were missing. I don't know whatever people think here, I truly appreciate the fighting spirit of the kiwis. They are in a bit of disarray but I am totally confident about their comeback. Except the 4th ODI, the kiwis were electric in the field, one department where they took our hearts. All the best for the upcoming series NZ.

  • Dummy4 on December 11, 2010, 7:50 GMT

    NZ cricket player pool is so small that they cant help but recycle rejects in a hope they would perform. 1980s was different with Wright, Coney, Hadlee, Howarth, Martin Crowe etc.

  • Sahil on December 11, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    James Franklin has shown good temperament as a batsman, but what about his bowling ? Vettori did not use him-especially in the Bangalore ODI, Franklin could have changed the course of the match.

    As for his captaincy, there is no question of replacing him. Taylor is pathetic and they really don't have any strong contenders.

  • Siraj on December 11, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    Good luck to Daniel Vettori, he always plays the game in the true spirit and is leading the young inexperienced side with so many of their players never played a test in India before this series. I truly hope that New Zealand bounce back and play to their potential where they can be a very dangerous side.

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