India v New Zealand, 1st T20, Visakhapatnam September 6, 2012

We need to regain form ahead of World T20 - Mills

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Mills has said that it's important the side regains its form and consistency in the lead-up to the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka later this month. New Zealand play India in Visakhapatnam on Saturday in the first of two Twenty20 matches before heading to Sri Lanka, where they will warm-up for the event with two matches against equally strong opposition - Australia (September 15) and South Africa (September 17).

New Zealand are coming off a 2-0 series defeat to India in the Tests, and have only the upcoming Twenty20s to resurrect a disappointing tour. Though India have fared poorly in the last two editions of the World Twenty20, Mills said they will be a threat.

"We're playing one of the teams which is usually the No.1 or No.2 favourites before a world event so they're a strong team," Mills said. "They've proved to be really effective at Twenty20 cricket so hopefully we can put in a couple of winning performances before the World T20 and for individuals it's a chance to get some form before we head over to Sri Lanka.

"We have two warm-ups against Australia and South Africa so we've got four really strong games before the major event starts."

Mills is among seven players who have flown in for the Twenty20 leg, including the lead spinner Daniel Vettori, who missed the Tests because of injury. Mills said the players had been preparing well, though the wet weather in the city had halted their training.

"Unfortunately it's bucketing down with rain so we missed training but we've done a lot over the last few weeks," Mills said. "I was fortunate to be involved in the SLPL (playing for Uthura Rudras). I've been training specifically with the white ball, ticking off the various roles I will play in games."

New Zealand have never played a match at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam and the batsman Martin Guptill said the players don't know what to expect of the conditions.

"For most of the guys it is a bit of the unknown," Guptill said. "Brendon (McCullum) must have played here a couple of times (during the IPL) so it's a new experience for most of us."

Guptill was confident the batsmen would turn in a better performance in the shortest format after an inconsistent showing in the Tests.

"T20 requires more of an aggressive mindset and we have a lot of aggressive players in our line-up so I think we can prosper in this series," he said."

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  • Peter on September 7, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    @Raghav, Very good point. They should just play old bowlers like Mills and Oram try loads of stuff in t20 and leave Bracewell to bang away at back of a length fourth stump for years to come in test cricket.

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    No Bracewell please. He generally just bowls Test lengths and gets spanked. Would be better if he didn't play T20 at all tbh, don't want it messing with his bowling like it did with Southee.

  • Peter on September 7, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    NZ could be dangerous, Oram should take the new ball with nath mccullum, Vettori should bowl well in the middle, and hopefully southee hits his yorkers at the death. Pretty dangerous batting team in this format. Taylor, Guptill and Mcullum can win games, and I'd watch out for Williamson, he can hit it 360 degrees, and I'd back Franklin to hit a few over the sightscreen straight. I think Nz will make runs and field well. Execution with the ball the main concern.

  • Lily on September 7, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    @Arunshda And Indian Batsmen losing their wickets cheaply happens quite often! NZ are a force to be reckoned with in this format of the game, underestimating them is India's mistake, and one that will cost them dearly.

  • arun on September 7, 2012, 4:58 GMT

    Nz sucks .. How can then win without vettori i seriously think they may win only if indian batsmen lose their wickets cheaply.

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Guptil, McCullum, Williamson, Taylor, Franklin, Oram, Vettori, McCullum, Bracewell, Mills, Southee - float williamson with oram/frankilin on the situation. gonna be a good tournament.

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