New Zealand news June 19, 2013

Hesson extends support to Ronchi after poor start

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has come out in support of wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi, who has had a torrid start with the bat for his new international team. Ronchi, who had played four ODIs for Australia in 2008 before switching countries to revive his international career, was handed the responsibility of opening for New Zealand in England - in the teams' bilateral series and the Champions Trophy - but has only managed 47 runs in six matches, including four single-digit scores.

"We'll review things with Luke. He is certainly a player that we like, in terms of how he goes about things," Hesson was quoted as saying by Fairfax NZ News. "No doubt he has had a tough start, but we pick players because we think they've got qualities that will serve them well over a period of time."

"We picked him as an opener to play that aggressive role. Luke has had most of his success in four-day cricket back home [for Wellington] in the middle order. In one-day and T20 cricket in the middle he didn't set the world alight, but certainly showed some ability when he did bat at the top in terms of that destructive nature."

Another worry for New Zealand has been the fitness of spinner Daniel Vettori, who played all of New Zealand's Champions Trophy games but experienced discomfort due to his troublesome Achilles tendon, which has bothered him for almost a year.

Hesson said the injury will have to be carefully assessed. "He did very well in the tournament but there's no doubt he struggled through it so that's not going to be a sustainable option the way it is at the moment. We've got to do some further examination on that Achilles and see what we can do to make it easier. We've got to make that assessment, as does Dan, and work out what we look to do."

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  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    New Zealand team for ODIs is looking very good, if ryder returns till next series this should be the team, Ronchi, Guptill, Willamson, Taylor, Ryder, McCullum, Vettori, McCullum, Southee, McCleghan and 11th bowler any one from Mills, Boult, Bracewell or wagner but surely not Ellis.

  • Dummy4 on June 19, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    I *really* wanted Ronchi to succeed but, being honest, Watling is the better player at all levels.

  • tuffto on June 19, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    He is a good player but needs to ameliorate his technique....he was a disaster for the kiwis in the english summer....i am hoping he proves his worth in the upcoming assignments for new zealand...

  • Alex on June 19, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    Ronchi didn't do well opening in List A matches in NZ last season, it was in the middle order he played better.

    Watling played well in odi's batting at 6 last year and only struggled when they decided he should open, really if they don't want McCullum to open then give him the gloves or open with McCullum and have Watling keeping at 6.

  • Android on June 19, 2013, 9:12 GMT

    BJ Watling is way better than Ronchi

  • Kunal on June 19, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    In view of his batting skills, i guess a visit to some great batting coaches would pay some dividends cause no matter how the boat rocks, the goods will forever be out of reach .In short an anchor is needed so as to recieve the goods.

  • D on June 19, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    Watling at 7 and Hamish to open?

    Agree with Chris Manikkam that Brendon McCullum needs to either start scoring more runs or take up the gloves.

  • Anver on June 19, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Luke is a fine player,but presently he's low in confidence.........who knows he might regain his lost form in remaining two T20 games vs Eng !!!! Best of Luck !!!!

  • shadab on June 19, 2013, 6:34 GMT

    watling is certainly a better option in any format when he is are also promoting tom latham but i think they need to get rid of ronchi