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Small pool, big debate

October 12, 2009 : There might not be big, glaring omissions, but there was enough argument to suggest enough top-quality talent in the country. By David Leggat

A team from all seasons

October 12, 2009 : Two pre-war heroes, two members of the current side, three unanimous selections

Seven for two

October 5, 2009 : In New Zealand's fast bowling line-up, one spot's a no-brainer. So who will the other two be?

One horse for this course

September 28, 2009 : Can one of the other four finger-spinners upset Daniel Vettori? Sidharth Monga lists the five contenders

Five for keeps

September 21, 2009 : James, Parore, Wadsworth, McCullum or Smith. Who's it going to be behind the stumps?

Men of many parts

September 14, 2009 : No Vettori or Hadlee, but there are still four strong contenders for the allrounder spot

Multi-faceted dilemmas

September 7, 2009 : The middle order is where the real competition is at, with 10 men fighting for the spots

Opening the debate

September 1, 2009 : The toughie, the perfectionist, the artist, and the honest triers. Which two openers are your picks?

New Zealand Jury

Richard Boock
Richard Boock
Veteran sportswriter and author of biographies of Daniel Vettori and Stephen Fleming; Qantas NZ Sports Columnist of the Year
XI: Turner, Dempster, Sutcliffe, Crowe, Donnelly, John R Reid, Chris Cairns, Vettori, Hadlee, Smith, Cowie
Don Cameron
Don Cameron
New Zealand Herald's sports reporter from 1951 to 98 and cricket correspondent from 1960 to 98; covered 207 Tests, now a freelancer
XI: Turner, Sutcliffe, Wright, Crowe, Fleming, John R Reid, Chris Cairns, Hadlee, Smith, Vettori, Cowie
Dylan Cleaver
Dylan Cleaver
Senior sportswriter and cricket correspondent for the Herald on Sunday; has been covering New Zealand cricket since 1997
XI: Turner, Sutcliffe, Dempster, Crowe, Donnelly, John R Reid, Cairns, Vettori, Hadlee, Smith, Bond
Ross Dykes
Ross Dykes
Former chairman of selectors; played 31 first-class matches for Auckland between 1967 and 1976; New Zealand selector from 1990 to 2005; now chief executive of Otago Cricket
XI: Turner, Sutcliffe, Jones, Crowe, Fleming, Cairns, Parore, Vettori, Taylor, Hadlee, Bond
David Leggat
David Leggat
Chief cricket writer and chief sports reporter of the New Zealand Herald
XI: Turner, Dempster, Sutcliffe, Crowe, Donnelly, John R Reid, Smith, Vettori, Hadlee, Motz, Cowie
Jonathan Millmow
Jonathan Millmow
Former New Zealand one-day cricket international and now sports editor of the Dominion Post in Wellington
XI: Turner, Wright, Fleming, Crowe, Sutcliffe, John R Reid, Hadlee, Vettori, Smith, Bond, Cowie
John Morrison
John Morrison
Played 15 Tests and 18 ODIs for New Zealand. Currently a Wellington city councillor, radio commentator, and on the boards of the Basin Reserve and the Westpac Stadium in Wellington
XI: Dempster, Turner, Sutcliffe, Donnelly, Crowe, John R Reid, McCullum, Vettori, Hadlee, Bond, Collinge
Don Neely
Don Neely
President of New Zealand Cricket; national selector for 14 years, seven as convenor; writer and prominent historian
XI: Turner, Richardson, Sutcliffe, Crowe, Donnelly, John R Reid, Chris Cairns, Hadlee, Vettori, Smith, Cowie
Joseph Romanos
Joseph Romanos
First reported on Test cricket in 1976; sports journalist for 35 years, and the author of 40 books
XI: Dempster, Turner, Jones, Crowe, Donnelly, John R Reid, Hadlee, Smith, Bracewell, Motz, Cowie
Bryan Waddle
Bryan Waddle
Radio Sport cricket commentator since 1984; covered over 180 Test matches and nearly 400 ODIs
XI: Turner, Wright, Jones, Crowe, Sutcliffe, John R Reid, Hadlee, Smith, Taylor, Vettori, Bond

    What did we learn from this World Cup?

That there is a place for proper batsmanship in ODIs, that New Zealand punch above their weight, and that wickets win you matches. By Ed Smith

    New Zealand's greatest almost

Jarrod Kimber: Led by their fearless captain, New Zealand threw themselves at this World Cup and came as close as they ever have done to greatness

    'A Test team shouldn't automatically qualify for the World Cup'

Match Point: Michael Holding, Ian Chappell and Ajit Agarkar on ways to make the tournament better

    Chance for 'mediocre' West Indies to show up England

Tony Cozier: The incoming ECB chairman's pre-series comments could motivate the hosts to show the resolve that was lacking in recent months

When defeats haunt

Nicholas Hogg: In close matches you ponder over the what-could-have-beens; in a one-sided game, the past is put to rest quickly

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