New Zealand v Australia, 2010 February 19, 2010

Bond, Styris return to limited-overs squad

Cricinfo staff

The experienced pair of Shane Bond and Scott Styris have returned to the New Zealand squad for the one-dayers and the Twenty20s against Australia starting next week. The players to miss out from the pool that was picked for the recent Bangladesh series are the fast bowling pair of Andy McKay (injured) and Ian Butler.

Bond comes back into the national squad for the first time since he tore an abdominal muscle during his Man-of-the-Match performance in the Dunedin Test against Pakistan last November. Australia are among Bond's favourite opponents, particularly in the one-day format where he has 35 wickets at 14.45 in 12 matches against them, including five four-wicket hauls.

"We are very happy with Shane's progress," Mark Greatbatch, national selector and coach, said. "He's had five or six games now with Canterbury and club cricket and he's ready to go.

"He's very, very excited about playing for New Zealand again in the one-dayers and Twenty20s again against Australia and has always saved his best for them so is looking forward to getting stuck in and helping us."

The other comeback man, Styris, had fared poorly in New Zealand's limited-overs contests against Pakistan in November and was left out of the home series against Bangladesh. "Scott's had really good domestic form," Greatbatch said. " We've asked him to go away and try and extend his game and we fell that he's done that so he gets an opportunity in the first two one-dayer's as part of the 13 man squad to play Australia."

The series gets underway on February 26 with the first of two Twenty20s, followed by five ODIs.

New Zealand Daniel Vettori (capt), Shane Bond, Neil Broom, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Peter Ingram, Brendon McCullum (wk), Nathan McCullum, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Daryl Tuffey

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  • sherlockoz on February 25, 2010, 8:06 GMT

    The comments about Broom are totally unfounded and obviously come from people who know little about the game, or are just plain stupid. Check out his record in domestic cricket this seaon and last, his stats speak for themselves & for a new Zealander he appears to have a sound technique. I am concerned that he will become the next Matthew Sinclair of NZ cricket.....a punching bag. Like Sinclair he has been given little opportunity to establish a stable position, batting out of position and often in a no win situation. Give him the same opportunities that other perennial erratic performers like McCullum, Guptill, Taylor, Flynn ,Oram etc have had and see if he other words offer him some stability, he merits it. He has the talent and he deserves a proper opportunity.

  • mmatahaere on February 22, 2010, 7:13 GMT

    Kane Williamson is a great player, and one for the future. And if we are talking about form in the domestic scene, why not Franklin then? Or Skippy Sinclair or Cumming? To be fair, James Franklin is a good solid player. He did have a good season over in England. For me, I just dont see him as an international player. Great domestically, but what has he done at intl level?

    The young players for me will do well in a few years if they are left to develop their games. Guys like Kane Williamson, Cory Anderson, Anaru Kitchen. For me, Kitchen has great technique. I think we should watch this space with Kitchen.

    Neil Broom has great technique - he hasn't had that many chances. I see him as a 6, in both ODI and Tests. Give Broom time to mature and he will come right.

  • bridt on February 21, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Assuming all players are fit (and ignoring those who have not made themselves available) my view is that best NZ one day team currently is Ryder, McCullum, Guptill, Taylor, Elliot, Styris, Vettori, Oram, Tuffey, Mills, Bond.

    This team has lots of bowling and lots of proven batting. Elliot earns his place because he has played several match winning innings against the current number 1 Australia. Also he is a guy who can bat through which is good for the balance of the team. Likewise Styris is proven at international level. Nathan McCullum probably makes it as 12th man (as a second spin option) although Kane Williamson will be there sooner rather than later I suspect

  • Jojy.John.Alphonso on February 21, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    The way Scott batted in the recent domestic season was splendid. He was always there for Auckland and even outshone Bopara. I wish he brings this form against the Aussies.

    Bond is my favorite player. I hope he soldiers on for the next 5 years atleast.

  • KidStyles on February 21, 2010, 6:28 GMT

    If Broom continues to be shit i would throw in KANE WILLIAMSON in to the team!!!. Kids young yeah i know but hes delivering and probably be better than some of the players in this current setup!!

  • sickleinmybrain on February 21, 2010, 6:05 GMT

    just a few things. Franklen is a good player, hes been playing brilliantly over in england, deserves a decent chance at international level. Broom, another good player, hes only played 19 ODIs and avrages about 20, it would be silly to just play him in a few matches and discard him, that would be a waste of genuine talent. Looking forward to see shane bond (:. good team all round.

  • plow on February 20, 2010, 7:31 GMT

    People here giving James Franklin a hard time, thats unjustified. He is an excellent allrounder that hasn't been given the opporunity to prove himelf with the bat for NZ in recent times. If anyone here followed his county season for gloucestershire they will see he had the2nd best batting stats in the team. He saved gloucestershire team time after time, scoring a number of centuries.

    If there is anything wrong with James it is they bat him too low, he's an easy number 6.

    I also beleive Neil Broom has the potential to come good and really hope he does, he seems to have great ability and great technique. Hes had a few unlucky times in the antional side imo.

    Good to see Bond back, although he was most effective in tests imo, the new climate of batting could see him get sent to all ends of the park in the short formats, followed by a few late wickets to improve the stats.

  • abyrao on February 20, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Neil Broom, Franklin, Styris ! enough of this. Styris was a star but is no longer, Franklin is a domestic class cricketer. Why are Watling, Redmond and Lou Vincent sidelined? One of these can establish till Ryder and Elliot are back. It all depends on how Bond and Vettori bowl and McCullum and Taylor bats. Ofcourse Guptil and Oram have to chip in, mind you the Aussies are in form, dont really think with this outfit NZ have the ammunition to beat them.

  • bradNZ on February 20, 2010, 2:36 GMT

    I ask yet again:

    What on god's green earth is Neil Broom doing in that team?

  • hickmon on February 20, 2010, 1:44 GMT

    Totally agree with Dyldog, although I would like to see Nathan McCullum given a decent shot in the ODI outfit, probably at the expence of Tim Southee. I think with Bond, Tuffey, Oram and Styris there there's enough room for another spinner

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