New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2013-14 October 26, 2013

McCullum, Taylor to miss SL tour

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Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand captain, and Ross Taylor will miss the limited-overs tour to Sri Lanka, which starts on November 10, in order to prepare for the home series against West Indies. Kane Williamson will lead New Zealand in the three ODIs and two T20Is in Sri Lanka. Luke Ronchi and Ian Butler will replace McCullum and Taylor in the squad.

Bruce Edgar, New Zealand Cricket's general manager - national selection, said the pair will not travel to Sri Lanka so that they can have "red-ball preparation" ahead of the home series against West Indies. New Zealand are scheduled to play three Tests, five ODIs and two T20Is against West Indies, between December 3 and January 15, 2014. This will be followed by a home series against India, comprising five ODIs and two Tests, between January 19 and February 18, 2014.

"Ross and Brendon need red-ball preparation to be at their best for the summer," Edgar said. "Both players are vital to our success and fine-tuning their red-ball skills before the West Indies series starting in early December is paramount."

McCullum and Ross will play in the Plunket Shield, New Zealand's first-class competition, and are also likely to feature in a few games for New Zealand XI before the first Test against West Indies on December 3.

Edgar also said that the board was trying to manage player workloads effectively in the lead-up to bigger competitions, like the World Cup 2015, and stressed that resting senior players allowed the team to develop a larger talent pool in limited-overs cricket.

"This summer we have 37 days of international cricket at home and Brendon and Ross are expected to play all of these, so it's essential that we manage their workloads," he said. "It's important we provide game time to a wider playing group in one-dayers and Twenty20s, and establish a bigger bench of playing experience with the upcoming Twenty20 World Cup in Bangladesh next year and World Cup 2015 beyond that."

New Zealand will play the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka on November 10 and 12 in Hambantota, followed by the third ODI in Dambulla on November 16. The two T20Is will be held in Kandy on November 19 and 21.

New Zealand squad for Sri Lanka ODIs and T20Is: Kane Williamson (capt), Corey Anderson, Ian Butler, Anton Devcich, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Hamish Rutherford

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  • Malinga on October 31, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    As a Die hard SL fan, I would love to see SL winning on India in SL. I wonder why SL could not win a bi-lateral series against India in SL since a decade. Also I am eagerly waiting for a test series between SL and India in India. SL never win a Test match in India, so SL should win there in India and that would be the day I really feel happy about SL team.

  • Peace on October 31, 2013, 2:19 GMT

    Eagerly waiting to see this series. I think SL fans are already started celebrating as McCullum, and Taylor already missing the series. Their plan should be simple. Make all Spin tracks so that NZ cannot win and it makes a one way contest. So bored to see one sided matches, So bored to see always SL winning spin tracks., Lets hope for sportive fast pitches.

  • Manoj on October 28, 2013, 8:57 GMT

    @ SLslider: Yea I know your Premadasa and Galle are flat pitches. But, atleast you have 2 new fast pitches which offer bounce as I heard. But we have only flat highways. Thats why our emerging players score lot of runs in the domestic matches.

  • Manoj on October 28, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    @SLslider: Think which team is the best in the below scenarios.

    Team A: Loose couple of matches/win 1 match witha a greater run rate/win a match with the help of the weather. But qualified for the final and won the final trophy

    Team B: Won all qualifying matches, but lost the final (no trophy).

    For me Team B is better than Team A. SO, Your SL team is same as Team B. So be happy.

  • Manoj on October 28, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    @ SLslider: Yea Kholi can be a legend in future if he continues to hit bucketful of centuries in flat highways at home. he is a sitting duck in fast bouncy pitches. Worst than Mahela. Whats the point of hitting just Malinga in ODI or T20s? You know what actually this is psychological issue rather than a talent issue. Kholi has taken psychological advantage over malinga since he first start hitting him. Malinga is actually a great shorter fromat player which we never produced in a long time. I know that Kholi can't continue with this for long. Malinga will definitely come over him one day. Ye he might have dented malinga for life. But he can never end the career of Malinga as your one and only Sanath did to our Venkatesh Prasad. I got to know he has applied for SL coach position as well...lo

  • Kushal on October 28, 2013, 5:19 GMT

    @ INDSlider Well about Flat highways... Even BD scored 638 runs in march so we actually offer flattest pitches in the world so our greats can maintain their averages.

  • Kushal on October 28, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    @ INDSlider Don't be so hard on yourself. People don't become legends from the first match. You have some genuine talent. Kohli is a legend in the making. I have never seen anybody thrashing malinga like kohli does. And to tell the truth he has dented malinga for life. And at least you play test matches. We usually cancel the test matches to play ODIS & T20s. And there is no point reaching the finals when you come back with your luggage only.

  • Manoj on October 28, 2013, 2:52 GMT

    @SLslider: I can understand your worry being your Lankans didn't win a major tournament for some time and always get thrashed by us in recent time. You have been a runner up in so many recent major tournaments. Yes our cupboard is bare. Whats the use of hit and miss ODI and T20 cups when we are not playing well in test cricket considering our long cricket history. Do we have true legends in our team like Sachin, Dravid, Sangakkara, Ponting, Amla? Better not to talk about bowling. We always avoide or prune away test matches with the top teams like SA, Aus and Eng. We always love to play with bottom half teams like SL, NZ, WI and in flat highways at home. There is no sign of being a top team like SA in near future.

  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2013, 19:43 GMT

    What sort of rubbish is this! I wana see my team have the best shot at winning, and this is the way NZC thinks this can happen, by sending home our captain and our best player Roscoe! This is stupid! NZC keep giving me reasons to stop supporting the Blackcaps! Im not watching the Sri Lankan tour.

  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2013, 19:08 GMT

    NZcricket174: NZ v SL in ODIs - NZ 36 / SL 37 - according to Cricinfo - that's not so terrible a record against SL

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