New Zealand in India 2012 September 9, 2012

Franklin upbeat about NZ's World T20 chances

ESPNcricinfo staff

James Franklin believes the upcoming World Twenty20 could be the final time some of the New Zealand players take part in a world event together and feels the experience in the side could take it to the latter stages of the tournament.

"Probably it is the last World Cup for this group of players playing together," Franklin said after the first of two Twenty20 internationals between India and New Zealand was washed out in Visakhapatnam. Franklin, Daniel Vettori, Jacob Oram, Brendon and Nathan McCullum, and Kyle Mills - part of the New Zealand squad for the World T20 - are all well over 30 years.

"It is a pretty experienced T20 team. A lot of guys have played T20 all over the world so if individuals get in form then I think we have got a real chance of going fairly deep in this tournament."

Franklin skipped New Zealand's recent tour of West Indies and focused on playing T20 cricket for Essex with an eye on the World T20 but said he wanted to play for his country in all three formats. Franklin made a comeback to the Test side for the recent two-match series against India after his previous Test against Pakistan in January 2011.

"I had some months with Essex in England and that was good. Played mostly as a batsman there but I guess that role will change probably a bit with the New Zealand side. I'll probably bat more in the middle order, but that is okay, that is something I am used to. I have had a pretty heavy diet of T20 cricket over the last few months so hopefully that'll bode well for me and the team going into this World Cup.

"I've been lucky to have the opportunity in the last two Test matches, here in India, to have a crack at the longer form for New Zealand again and hopefully that will continue in the future. Recent history suggests I have been more T20 for New Zealand but I am really striving to get back into the New Zealand side for all three formats. Hopefully the selectors back me as well."

Franklin hoped New Zealand would get some time on the field in Chennai during the second T20I after the washout in Visakhapatnam. "Main thing is getting some playing time before the World Cup starts. You can achieve all the strategy and tactical stuff as a team, go to the gym and get some physical work done [during the rains]. We can do everything that we can except play the game."

New Zealand are grouped with Pakistan and Bangladesh in the World T20 and will begin their campaign when they take on the latter in Pallekele on September 21.

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  • Steve on September 11, 2012, 17:22 GMT

    As an England supporter I wish the Kiwis well. They are a side that consistently performs well on the world stage and play as a unit - something many International sides don't do? They are a fine example of a team and as a unit punch above their weight. Having just enjoyed watching their win over India in the T20 I can see they have belief and talent! Good luck new Zealand!

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    hahahahaha i am fan of few indian players as well but i must say i was so angry after hearing coments from fellow indian fans tht pakistan is club level n bla bla but guys i was expecting abut this is cricket take it as cricket not politics or border......@ india look ur away series recently and @ pakistan most unpredictable team of cricket, if they loose they can from even 10th grade team but if they win they beat no 1 and send them to plz guys in t20 every one could be winner so dont fight abut it

  • debarata on September 11, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    T20 tournaments are vital in getting the new cricket playing countries involved; and also some of the older countries like England, whose first silverware after 120 years of cricket came in t20. Makes people feel good about themselves which is always a good thing. Btw, all the people who think little of t20 cricket, what the hell are you doing posting stuff about it anyway? Way too much time on ur hands.....

  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2012, 13:44 GMT

    Just want to say that though every team in this tournament has a great chance of beating eachtoher considering its T20 still as the tournament progresses on, the West Indies, South Africa, India and possibly Sri Lanka are favourites on paper.

  • Senthil on September 11, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    Its very funny about some Guys commenting here......... that they dont like T20 & Iam not T20 fan..............then why the hell are you to come here & give the comments........peoples who are all love cricket will love all format of cricket......if your team is not good in that particular formats means people use to say that they are not watch T20 cricket.......etc...... really funny

  • Shannon on September 10, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    @Mark Le Bherz I agree T20 bores me to tears, I only like watching ODI's and Tests and MAK123 Taylor is one of the best Batsmen we have currently you just sound jealous of him tbph.

  • A on September 10, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    The general perception is SL, PAK, IND would win bcoz SL has spinning tracks. Remember WI and SA have fair chance to be the champion, and same applies to Kiwis, Aussies and English as well.....T20 is a 'hit n miss', a perfect 'gamble'...can be won with some brilliant performance of 3-4 players supported by some excellent fielding. Bangladesh and Irish fans - you too have a fair chance, I am serious.

  • Munaf on September 10, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    @Mak123 : With the same club level bowlers ,India won Wcup in 2011 , T20 Wcup in 2007 and CB series in Australia in 2008. Not to mention defeated Pakistan easily in Asia cup and of course SF of Worldcup in Mohali. Wheras just recently the weakest team of Australia defeated Pakistan in ODI series and stretched them to last over in T20 - a format where your team is so called best (self opinion mostly). This despite ur so called great bowlers in all above matches.

  • Dummy4 on September 10, 2012, 10:53 GMT

    kiwis should find out some young blood.. the need to improve their domestic structure and find a replacement for their senior ones. they have to b strong and play like a team to compete woth strong teams and beat them...

  • Abhyuday on September 10, 2012, 9:29 GMT


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