New Zealand in India 2012 September 9, 2012

Franklin upbeat about NZ's World T20 chances

ESPNcricinfo staff
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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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  • phoenixsteve 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!

  • 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.....lol 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 dust.....so plz guys in t20 every one could be winner so dont fight abut it

  • crindo77 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.....

  • 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.

  • senthil25 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

  • ShannonB 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.

  • THINK_BEYOND 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.

  • MunafAhmed811 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.

  • 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...

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

    @MAK123 - WE PROVED THAT OUR CLUB LEVEL BOWLER HAS SINGLEHANDLY WON THE WORLD CUP FOR US .

  • phoenixsteve 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!

  • 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.....lol 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 dust.....so plz guys in t20 every one could be winner so dont fight abut it

  • crindo77 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.....

  • 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.

  • senthil25 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

  • ShannonB 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.

  • THINK_BEYOND 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.

  • MunafAhmed811 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.

  • 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...

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

    @MAK123 - WE PROVED THAT OUR CLUB LEVEL BOWLER HAS SINGLEHANDLY WON THE WORLD CUP FOR US .

  • byebyebaseball on September 10, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    commenting on kaidranzer's remark: I'm not a T20 fan, but you make a good point. Maybe it is a good way to get new countries, new players, and new fans involved. This makes me reconsider my negative stand. But I still deplore the impact T20 has on overall strategy (esp for NZ) -- many players seem to lose the ability to think beyond the current over and to hang in for the duration of a longer game.

  • kaidranzer on September 10, 2012, 8:08 GMT

    @T20 WC bashers: Please don't try to get a sense of superiority by deriding T20 and claiming to be Test purists. It's been 135 years since the first Test match was played. How many countries play cricket today? I can count 10 discounting the associates. Why has cricket not progressed? Test cricket will remain the elite form of cricket. But to attract new members you need something like T20. No one likes to play a game at which you keep loosing and T20 levels the playing field considerably. T20 can serve as an introduction to cricket and ODIs can help new teams in learning to set attacking and defensive field placings according to different situations, forming partnerships, bowling in tandem, etc. Once they get that right, they can have a shot at Test cricket. So please don't ridicule and discard T20 before seeing the big picture.

  • tommytucker on September 10, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    Lets not kid ourselves here, T20 cricket is not an exact science. Its a thrash of the bat, developed to get more people at matches and interested in cricket. Its fair to say out of all formats of the game, fortune plays the biggest part in T20. Its a good game for weaker teams too as they can 'get away' with having lack of depth and still win (which is a good think for development). If my beloved SA lost a T20 game, i couldnt give a toss. Winning some silverware is always nice though, so world tournaments are the only draw card for cricket purists.

  • on September 10, 2012, 6:42 GMT

    i hope the kiwis do well they've seen some hard times in the recent past.....(BUT THE WORLD CUP IS ONLY FOR INDIA!!!!!)

  • MAK123 on September 10, 2012, 6:08 GMT

    James Franklin day dreaming. If you couldn't beat a team like India who possessed club level bowlers, how can you even dream of making it deep in the tournament? Most of your players including the great Taylor whacked it to all parts of the ground while playing IPL on the same ground but couldn't come up with a cameo against India, bar that last test innings which was a fluke i thought

  • on September 10, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    @cric fanitic hit the nail on the head Who even cares 20/20 is pointless trashy and as @plow said requiers absalutly no skills and i will not be watching this pointless tournament. I hate this fourmat and how it cuts into time that could be used to play acctuall cricket.

  • on September 10, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    The New Zealanders should play as a team to enable them to make some inroads which means every one should contribute in the same game instead of only one. Franklin will be an asset since he can be an all rounder like Jacob Oram. If every one contributes then they could scrape through. I wish them all success.

  • S-Matrix on September 10, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    First match for the Kiwis on the 21st against Bangladesh. With Bangladeshi players having consistent exposure to T20 lately (SLPL, Caribbean tour), their batting might appear formidable, alongside the ever-present spin threat, and that too on dusty pitches. Baz had has a poor record against Bangladesh in 2010, so he might be looking to rectify it. Some Taylor magic, like against Pakistan in the WC last year, could propel the Kiwis through. And let us not forget Oram, who generally does well against Bangladeshi spin. At the same time, Southee, Boult, et al need to figure out how to contain Tamim, and the entire team need to keep in mind that Shakib and Razzak are fine bowlers who deserve to be played with caution. On the other hand, the weak seam attack could be milked, unless all twenty overs are bowled by spinners.

  • cricketfannik on September 10, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    i agree with plow this tournament is only an entertainer with no technique or pateince anybody can win see even Zim beat Aus in 2007, its a fluke why anyone needs strategy , pathetic just go out there and smash the bowl and hit as many as u can. and then after this tournement every one will play same shots and splcy indian team against england test team and youngsters will lose their wckts, bring 50-50 trination cups or test cricket championship. this is not cricket tournament its just baseball tournament with cheers leaders and mishits, pathetic.

  • 512fm on September 9, 2012, 23:46 GMT

    I don't know why our players can't just keep their mouths shut, they have been doing a lot of talking lately about how confident they are and then not backing it up. I would say its 50-50 whether we even make it out of our group let alone make it deep in the tournament. We certainly won't beat Pakistan and have a slim chance against Bangladesh.

  • Sombrehombre on September 9, 2012, 22:35 GMT

    No doubt NZ have the potential to do very well in this tournament, however the downfall will most likely be spin… With Pakistan and Bangladesh in their group, playing in sub continent conditions, they are in for a tough time even qualifying from their group. If they do get through the experience of a couple of tough group games will bode well for super eights/semis.

  • Lermy on September 9, 2012, 22:12 GMT

    You can call T20 a slog fest if you like, but it approximates a game of base-ball for number of deliveries, so its still a valid sport. Porbably has more action than the average base-ball game, though I don't really watch much BB so it would be interesting to hear what others think of the comparison.

  • ExtremeSpeed on September 9, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    These are just 'my' predictions on who'll most likely to go through in this group phase to super stage and I'll be honest based on performances since past year or two. Group A in ascending order England and India will go through. Group B West Indies and Ireland will go through. Group C South Africa and Sri Lanka will go through and Group D Bangladesh and New Zealand will go through.

  • ExtremeSpeed on September 9, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    No doubt New Zealand and Pakistan are favourites to progress from that group but by no means, its certainly going to be tough for all teams.

  • cric-doctor on September 9, 2012, 21:16 GMT

    with that current NZ squad as far as they can go is the quarter final, but u never know NZ has tendency to upset any body like they did in last world cup against the mighty SA.my all support is for Pakistan but the real DARK HORSE in this world cup will be west indies.they look good in all department and of course they have CHRIS GAYLE .GOD BLESS to all cricketing nation b/c GAYLE is in supreme form.

  • plow on September 9, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Its a Mickey Mouse tournament anyway, a game of flukes, mishits for six, a cross the line slog fest, so anyone can win. Just takes one lucky innings from one batsman to be the difference between a final spot or missing out completely. Bring on the test championship if you want to bring back real interest in cricket.

  • mikriket on September 9, 2012, 19:46 GMT

    I wish NZ well but to get past the early stages McCullum and Taylor have to become consistant scorers and not just hit up a decent score every 4-5th match. On recent form it is very doubtful that this will happen.

  • lilyblackcapsfan on September 9, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    @HairyKiore Unlikely. They probably will progress from the group stage. They have the ability to beat both Pakistan and Bangladesh. @Syed Adlou Complacency maybe? You never know, Pakistan might have a bad day. The Kiwi team is very good on paper, no T20 player has scored more runs than Baz. Taylor is one of the best on his good days, and Mills, Oram and Vettori have plenty of experience. I think the Kiwis will do pretty well. In my eyes, if the Windies play like they did in Florida, they might be the team to beat. Can't rule out SA or ENG though, or even India.

  • haseeb on September 9, 2012, 19:16 GMT

    its going to be tough for Newzealand.. as they are in a tough group ..qualifying for a next round might be a problem as well ..as bangladesh is playing well and they had the experience of BPL so bangladesh vs newzealand will be an intresting game to watch :) All the best KIwis :)

  • ShannonB on September 9, 2012, 19:05 GMT

    cooljack_143 Oram won't strike against good sides he never gets above 30 and always gets injured, Taylor and Baz are our best chances.

  • on September 9, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    First beat Bangladesh! Doubt you will beat Pakistan...

  • kaidranzer on September 9, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    New Zealand usually does very well in world tournaments and I think we expect nothing less than a semi-final spot from them. With some Oram and Vettori magic in the semi-finals and a Taylor/McCullum blitz in the final, they can be the next T20 World Champions!

  • vivek_us on September 9, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    @cooljack_143 Dude, you left out the Windies. They, more than any other, are the team to watch. With Gayle, Pollard, Bravo, Narine, Russell & Samuels they can be devastating.

  • on September 9, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    boy..u talk about individuals grouping together and competing as a team..what about the likes of gayle,pollard,bravo,smiths,narine,roach,russel..this westindies team looks unbeatable on paper atleast

  • HairyKiore on September 9, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Your all dreamers?? If the opposition use spin NZ will not progress from the group stage.. HKiore

  • on September 9, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Always was a fan of NZ T20 Cricket, but I have to say the man who needs to be at the top Jessie is an obvious missing element... still wish he could get back for the show...

  • zzboyz on September 9, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    I like New Zealend a lot, it's just that their population is very small. New Zealend just might make it to the semi-finals but there's doubt. I like Vettori and Brendon McCullum, it's just that they don't have strong support.

  • on September 9, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Yes they have legacy of been semi finalists

  • cooljack_143 on September 9, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    VERY EXCITING BUNCH OF PLAYERS WHO CAN FIGHT OFF TOUGH SITUATIONS.If Taylor,Baz,Oram strike no one can stop them.GO KIWI GO!!!!!!!! SA,KIWIS,PAK,SL,IND have fair chance in 12'WC..

  • on September 9, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    they are the team which raises the game to a level in a world event so we can expect tough competition from the kiwis.......

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  • on September 9, 2012, 14:41 GMT

    they are the team which raises the game to a level in a world event so we can expect tough competition from the kiwis.......

  • cooljack_143 on September 9, 2012, 15:19 GMT

    VERY EXCITING BUNCH OF PLAYERS WHO CAN FIGHT OFF TOUGH SITUATIONS.If Taylor,Baz,Oram strike no one can stop them.GO KIWI GO!!!!!!!! SA,KIWIS,PAK,SL,IND have fair chance in 12'WC..

  • on September 9, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    Yes they have legacy of been semi finalists

  • zzboyz on September 9, 2012, 16:24 GMT

    I like New Zealend a lot, it's just that their population is very small. New Zealend just might make it to the semi-finals but there's doubt. I like Vettori and Brendon McCullum, it's just that they don't have strong support.

  • on September 9, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    Always was a fan of NZ T20 Cricket, but I have to say the man who needs to be at the top Jessie is an obvious missing element... still wish he could get back for the show...

  • HairyKiore on September 9, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Your all dreamers?? If the opposition use spin NZ will not progress from the group stage.. HKiore

  • on September 9, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    boy..u talk about individuals grouping together and competing as a team..what about the likes of gayle,pollard,bravo,smiths,narine,roach,russel..this westindies team looks unbeatable on paper atleast

  • vivek_us on September 9, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    @cooljack_143 Dude, you left out the Windies. They, more than any other, are the team to watch. With Gayle, Pollard, Bravo, Narine, Russell & Samuels they can be devastating.

  • kaidranzer on September 9, 2012, 17:52 GMT

    New Zealand usually does very well in world tournaments and I think we expect nothing less than a semi-final spot from them. With some Oram and Vettori magic in the semi-finals and a Taylor/McCullum blitz in the final, they can be the next T20 World Champions!

  • on September 9, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    First beat Bangladesh! Doubt you will beat Pakistan...