August 19, 2003

Hadlee speaks about his picks

Wisden CricInfo staff

Richard Hadlee, NZ Cricket's chief selector, spoke on some of his selections for the New Zealand squads to India.

Michael Mason
Michael has been a consistent performer in the State Championship and State Shield for several seasons and has earned his call up. He has the ability to bowl long spells of consistent line and length which will be useful on pitches that may not offer a lot of assistance. Over the next two weeks Michael will be attending the Dennis Lillee's bowling clinic in Chennai, which should be of benefit to him.

Richard Jones
Through circumstances beyond his control Richard was not given an opportunity when he was selected for the tour of Sri Lanka. We still feel he has something to offer the team at the top of the order particularly in the conditions we expect to face in India.

Craig McMillan
Craig is very keen to re-establish himself in the team as a senior player and to contribute again as he has in the past. His experience will be vital in India and the opportunity is now there for him to perform and reclaim his place for the long term.

Paul Hitchcock
With Andre Adams omitted from the side Paul will probably be required to bowl at the death where he will utilise his good change of pace. Paul also tends to skid the ball through which could make him very effective on the dry, low bouncing wickets that the team is likely to encounter.

Ian Butler
With Shane [Bond] unavailable, Ian will give Stephen Fleming a pace-bowling option. He is maturing gradually as a fast bowler and he will gain more valuable experience on this tour.

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