India v New Zealand, 5th ODI, Chennai

Vettori backs Franklin for World Cup squad

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December 10, 2010

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James Franklin launches into a big shot, India v New Zealand, 4th ODI, Bangalore, December 7, 2010
James Franklin scored 187 runs without being dismissed, in three ODIs during the series against India © Associated Press
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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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Posted by   on (December 11, 2010, 16:03 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by hashabjp 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.

Posted by hashabjp 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.

Posted by kvijaybabu 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.

Posted by raghu86 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.

Posted by Indian_Riotics 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by Icyman 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.

Posted by catalyst213 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.

Posted by SUNDOS on (December 11, 2010, 5:58 GMT)

Pity that the Kiwis suffered the "brownwash"All is not lost,Ryder&,Oram back in the side,Guptill showing signs of brilliance,a middle order of Styris,Franklin and Vettori,Mccullum not doing that badly as an offspinner,If only Ross Taylor can be the talismanic batsman he so often threatens to be,you have the nucleus of a side that won;t disgrace itself.If only Mills can get his head" straight a la Mitch Johnson,and Southee and McKay can be consistent don;t count this team out.They may have lost but their behaviour through a tough tour was exemplary/Ok,except for a little last day petulance by Vettori,which was understandable,given Mr Saheba's penchant for blunders.

Posted by BravoBravo on (December 11, 2010, 5:39 GMT)

Vettori's team suffered a whitewash by BD 8th or 9th ODI ranked team followed by another whitewash by India 3rd ODI ranked team. Based on that Team India should not be ecstatic about it. How NZ will perform in their own backyard is uncertain. Home team has always a considerable advantage. Mr. Vettori should refrain from commenting on the outcome of WC2011. NZ, Eng, SA, BD never won a World Cup and NZ is not going to win this time either.Aus and WI have dominated the WC comptetition since its inception. Others got lucky to win WC. All those champions IND, PAK, SL were mercilessly punished by AUS in 3 consecutive compettitions. Therefore, my bet is on Aus for WC2011 though I am not a fan of Aus.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2010, 4:54 GMT)

Franklyn sud be use as a bowler also. He hav a very gud swing bwling. Bt in this tour we saw he only used as a batsman only.

Posted by wiseshah on (December 11, 2010, 4:39 GMT)

i guess bangladesh have done the main damage of NZ. after their whitewash/banglawash, NZ teams moral is so low and they lost against india.

Posted by Happy_AusBang on (December 11, 2010, 1:53 GMT)

To resurrect their cricket NZ need to organise some matches hurriedly againt the AUS. Seem like that fires them up and they are able to give their best. I am afraid even against the PAK C team and playing in their own backyard, NZ will struggle. This PAK team won tests against AUS and ENG and drew against SA against numerous odds, so it won't be easy for NZ.

Posted by   on (December 11, 2010, 0:55 GMT)

My prediction: This same New Zealand team could surprise all of us beating teams in the sub-continent and by winning the WORLD CUP 2011!

Posted by gmoturu on (December 11, 2010, 0:31 GMT)

i have a feeling that they will be going to SF in WC2011

Posted by kieranfnc on (December 10, 2010, 22:56 GMT)

is it three tests or two that are being played in nz, vs pakistan this summer? The article says three, but the fixtures list says two.. any ideas?

Posted by Dooly on (December 10, 2010, 22:53 GMT)

Who would replace Vettori as captain? The rest of the possible candidates have been too inconsistant or not proven yet at International level. Well done to Jimmy Franklin. Was there a reason that he did not bowl much in the one dayers ?Perhaps the Blackcaps would do better if Shane Bond could be persuaded to come out of retirement.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 22:49 GMT)

This NZ side is just a fighting unit when playing in the sub-continent. They are not a side who can upset good teams regularly. I dont see them make any huge impact in the coming WC as well. They are not able to put good scores and when they do, the bowling is awful. They can threaten in a couple of matches but are not contenders for the WC 2011.

Posted by WI-NZ-SA-ENG on (December 10, 2010, 21:40 GMT)

no new zealand no, first windies and now new zealand... my 2 favrite teams are going down, been happy that windies are coming back after the srilankan test matches but now newzealand is fallin apart why?

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 21:13 GMT)

Vettori is the best captain NZ has after Stephen Fleming. Sack the players for Pak ODI's and keep them worried abt their spots for worldcup. tht will atleast ensure a good show from NZ. disgraceful!

Posted by Vilander on (December 10, 2010, 20:56 GMT)

Dan is an amazing guy. He bent down during a catch attempt by bowler Yusuf letting him have a fair chance. He took the umpiring blunders pretty well in two games, only just showing his dissent finally by appealing sarcastically in the last game after a clean caught behind. Truly respect him.

Posted by   on (December 10, 2010, 19:12 GMT)

wekk said dan...we hope u can beat pakistan..

Posted by BowlingForever on (December 10, 2010, 18:43 GMT)

India are only flat track bullies. they can only beat teams on their turf. They lost to NZ just couple of months back so this means nothing. yuvraj can only play in india and fails everywhere else. anyways hope to see the indian bubble burst and fall downn once they fly to south africa. will see how the so called no 1 teams does. i wonder if they can beat even bangladesh in bangladesh?

Posted by ArnavSingh on (December 10, 2010, 18:29 GMT)

No offences, but u guys have made a slight mistake, New Zealand will be playing only 2 Tests

Posted by muski on (December 10, 2010, 18:15 GMT)

New Zealand cricket is going from bad to worse.Not that at any given time they were a great side. Bits and pieces players are a thing of the past. After the retirement of Chris Cains and Bond, they have not got suitable replacements. Ross Taylor for all the potential that he possess flatters only to deceive.Mallya understood this and has not retained him at RCB. Mccullum fires like a firecracker that is partially wet. I can understand the frustration a guy like Vettori must be facing.There seems to no light at the end of a tunnel. A Williamson here and a Franklin there wont help. What next- a 5-0 whitewash at the hands of Zimbabwe. That would be the final nail into the Kiwi Coffin.

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