New Zealand in Sri Lanka 2013-14 November 1, 2013

Mills to lead New Zealand in Sri Lanka series

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Kyle Mills, the New Zealand fast bowler, will lead the side in the limited-overs matches against Sri Lanka later this month. Mills was named captain after Kane Williamson had to fly home from the ongoing Bangladesh tour with a fractured thumb.

Williamson himself had been set to lead the side only because regular captain Brendon McCullum and senior batsman Ross Taylor were asked to skip the Sri Lanka series and instead prepare for the home Tests against West Indies later this year.

Mills, who has played 154 ODIs and is New Zealand's second-highest wicket-taker in the format, will get to captain New Zealand for the first time.

One of Mills' first tasks as captain would be to repair a wobbling batting that fell short of the target in both their run-chases against Bangladesh this week to lose the series. On their previous visit to Sri Lanka, New Zealand were defeated 3-0, and without McCullum, Taylor and Williamson in their ranks, Mills and New Zealand can expect another difficult outing.

Other changes in the squad include a recall for batting allrounder Rob Nicol, who last played an ODI in January, and for quick bowler Andrew Ellis, who has been called up after a back injury to Ian Butler.

"It's disappointing that Ian's back didn't settle in time for the Sri Lanka tour," New Zealand's selection chief, Bruce Edgar, said. "We'll also bring in Otago's Neil Broom for the final ODI and the two Twenty20s as additional cover."|

New Zealand will play three ODIs against Sri Lanka, starting with the opener in Hambantota on November 10.

Squad Kyle Mills (capt), Corey Anderson, Anton Devcich, Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis, Tom Latham (wk), Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Rob Nicol, Luke Ronchi, Hamish Rutherford, Neil Broom(for final ODI and T20s)

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  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Which channel is used to telecast this match in INDIA?? please reply as soon as possible.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | November 4, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    This going to be a tough series for Mills. Mills is a genuine swing bowler and he will get nothing from SL pitches. Nicol is a good player but where is Guptill Southee, & Fulton? Andy Mckay or M.Bates are ahead of Ellis. One more spinner is going to add in this squad. Nicol, Ronchi, Devcich, Rutherford, Elliot, Anderson, Latham/Munro, McCullum, Mills, McLenaghan, Mckay.

  • POSTED BY choppa13 on | November 3, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Nicol and Ellis would have to be 2 of the worst choices the selectors could have made(my apologies to any of their fans). Tried and failed many times. They should of just sent Jessie over to Sri Lanka what's the difference in him playing for NZ now or when the west Indies tour because its inevitable he will play.

  • POSTED BY choppa13 on | November 3, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    I think with tour scheduled well before the actual tour alot of the player selection can't be helped apart from mccullum and Taylor missing from the original squad that was named the other would be first choice players are either injured or coming back from injury and havnt had enough game time to justify selection so I think the NZ selectors were on a hiding to nothing(only my opinion) but the decision to leave mccullum(although he wouldn't be playing now anyway) and Taylor and despite test cricket being the main priority, made little sense considering we were sending a depleted team in the first instance. But being a kiwi and long time black caps supporter I will support them no matter how frustrating it can be

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Weve lost to Bangladesh and we aren't even taking Sri lanka seriously! They are a far better team than B' Desh- we should have declined to play rather than send B team - if any country had done this to us we would have cried foul. Porr chaps like McCullum and Taylor who need to rest after all they played too much 20/20 cricket . Wheres Watling and Guptill and Southee who did not even play the tests. Whats wrong woith our selectors and the coach who knows it all Rubbish we will be thrashed in Sri Lanka . We can now only play well at home when all our players are rested!

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    an indian commenting on nz pitches when all the indian team produces are rank turners or absolute roads because of there weak pace bowlers. sounds a little bit ironic to me.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 2, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    It just a point less series. NZ B team is playing with SL. Already they have lost to Bangladesh. and If SL looses to NZ, then its a real disaster for SL, It just a 3rd class batsmen vs 3rd class batsmen. Good to see a good contest..

  • POSTED BY somethingdifferent on | November 2, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    From Sri Lankan point of view this series without, Mccullum, Taylor,Wlliamson, Guptill, Watling, Brownlie, Southie etc would be a financial disaster. If NZ board considered this series to be so unimportant they should have cancelled the tour instead of sending a "B" team.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    I was never a fan of McCullum.... ever...

  • POSTED BY regofpicton on | November 2, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Like almost everyone I am pleased for Mills. Always works hard on the field, andI am sure he will do his absllute best. But isn't there something self-defeating about this whole thing? First the captaincy is supposed to be so important that we had to turn NZ Cricket upside down to give the job to McCullum, but now it is handed to Mills apparently by default. It is certainly his first time as skipper of NZ. So how much leadership experience has he at provincial level? Can anyone say.

    Second, Mills himself has obviously bought into the idea that "we are focussing on 2015". Good grief. That's not even just over the horizon! And what an experience for the junior players. "Welcome to the team. FYI this tour is not important. We are sacrificial lambs, just here to cover management backsides and universally expected to fail. No-one will hold it against us even if we fail disastrously. Breakfast at 7. Any problems settling in, see me".

    Welcome to the team indeed!

  • POSTED BY on | November 5, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Which channel is used to telecast this match in INDIA?? please reply as soon as possible.

  • POSTED BY AKS286 on | November 4, 2013, 12:54 GMT

    This going to be a tough series for Mills. Mills is a genuine swing bowler and he will get nothing from SL pitches. Nicol is a good player but where is Guptill Southee, & Fulton? Andy Mckay or M.Bates are ahead of Ellis. One more spinner is going to add in this squad. Nicol, Ronchi, Devcich, Rutherford, Elliot, Anderson, Latham/Munro, McCullum, Mills, McLenaghan, Mckay.

  • POSTED BY choppa13 on | November 3, 2013, 7:19 GMT

    Nicol and Ellis would have to be 2 of the worst choices the selectors could have made(my apologies to any of their fans). Tried and failed many times. They should of just sent Jessie over to Sri Lanka what's the difference in him playing for NZ now or when the west Indies tour because its inevitable he will play.

  • POSTED BY choppa13 on | November 3, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    I think with tour scheduled well before the actual tour alot of the player selection can't be helped apart from mccullum and Taylor missing from the original squad that was named the other would be first choice players are either injured or coming back from injury and havnt had enough game time to justify selection so I think the NZ selectors were on a hiding to nothing(only my opinion) but the decision to leave mccullum(although he wouldn't be playing now anyway) and Taylor and despite test cricket being the main priority, made little sense considering we were sending a depleted team in the first instance. But being a kiwi and long time black caps supporter I will support them no matter how frustrating it can be

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    This is ridiculous. Weve lost to Bangladesh and we aren't even taking Sri lanka seriously! They are a far better team than B' Desh- we should have declined to play rather than send B team - if any country had done this to us we would have cried foul. Porr chaps like McCullum and Taylor who need to rest after all they played too much 20/20 cricket . Wheres Watling and Guptill and Southee who did not even play the tests. Whats wrong woith our selectors and the coach who knows it all Rubbish we will be thrashed in Sri Lanka . We can now only play well at home when all our players are rested!

  • POSTED BY on | November 3, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    an indian commenting on nz pitches when all the indian team produces are rank turners or absolute roads because of there weak pace bowlers. sounds a little bit ironic to me.

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 2, 2013, 16:22 GMT

    It just a point less series. NZ B team is playing with SL. Already they have lost to Bangladesh. and If SL looses to NZ, then its a real disaster for SL, It just a 3rd class batsmen vs 3rd class batsmen. Good to see a good contest..

  • POSTED BY somethingdifferent on | November 2, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    From Sri Lankan point of view this series without, Mccullum, Taylor,Wlliamson, Guptill, Watling, Brownlie, Southie etc would be a financial disaster. If NZ board considered this series to be so unimportant they should have cancelled the tour instead of sending a "B" team.

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 7:14 GMT

    I was never a fan of McCullum.... ever...

  • POSTED BY regofpicton on | November 2, 2013, 4:14 GMT

    Like almost everyone I am pleased for Mills. Always works hard on the field, andI am sure he will do his absllute best. But isn't there something self-defeating about this whole thing? First the captaincy is supposed to be so important that we had to turn NZ Cricket upside down to give the job to McCullum, but now it is handed to Mills apparently by default. It is certainly his first time as skipper of NZ. So how much leadership experience has he at provincial level? Can anyone say.

    Second, Mills himself has obviously bought into the idea that "we are focussing on 2015". Good grief. That's not even just over the horizon! And what an experience for the junior players. "Welcome to the team. FYI this tour is not important. We are sacrificial lambs, just here to cover management backsides and universally expected to fail. No-one will hold it against us even if we fail disastrously. Breakfast at 7. Any problems settling in, see me".

    Welcome to the team indeed!

  • POSTED BY Fydd on | November 2, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    Strange team. In ODI cricket there is a need for accumulators in the order. They've only got Elliot who can do that. That's why they need people like BJ Watling. I can't understand the NZ selectors' obsession with batsmen or bits'n'pieces players who seem to be able to only score a quick 20, 30 or 40 at best - people like Munro, Neesham, Ronchi, Rutherford and Anderson (Anderson is better than that but so far seems to get a bit bash and crash carried away in limited overs cricket).

  • POSTED BY on | November 2, 2013, 2:43 GMT

    My observations are made purely from watching on television but Corey Anderson does look to be a very handy addition to the NZ setup. I hope he goes well.

  • POSTED BY youfoundme on | November 2, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    I don't like the idea of having separate teams for different formats. I think it has proven ineffective, when looking at the South African, Australian and English sides. As someone has stated already, we don't have the depth to be throwing games around willy-nilly. We may be preparing for a home world cup, but we need to be handing games to our best players wherever possible. Our next excuse when we drop out in the group stages will be that they were under-prepared. This isn't good enough.

    I know why certain players like Jesse Ryder and Daniel Vettori aren't playing, but where is Martin Guptill? He's one of our best limited overs players, why isn't BJ Watling playing for our ODI unit? His domestic form suggests he should be. There was talk of Tim Southee becoming the next vice captain, Sri Lanka would have been a prime opportunity Why not give more games to Ish Shodi? They throw him a couple, then send him back to domestic cricket in New Zealand - there's just no logic in any of that

  • POSTED BY alexjward on | November 2, 2013, 0:19 GMT

    this train wreck of a team has spurred me to make an account here it is the worst NZ side I have seen in recent memory. Quite literally every quality international player is missing. we barely have a specialist batter and we dont even have our best bowler (southee). I can see us getting steamrolled

    what is NZC infatuation with picking medium paced all rounders? I dont know if they are trying to think outside the box and trailblaze an 11 man team full of players who bowl a bit and bat a bit so the whole line up can just have a bash or roll their arm over in 20/20 but whatever it is , its not working

    Put guptill, taylor, mccullum, williamson, ryder and southee back in and we have a team without one or two we struggle and without any of them (through injury, selection etc) its just a joke we would struggle to beat australian schoolboys

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    I total agree with Shane Hame - Ryder, Guptil and BJ. What is wrong with Guptil? is he injured. 2 consecutive centuries against England earlier this year.BJ most consistent test batter recently, c'mon. Good luck to Kyle Mills he has been a great performer for NZ over the years and certainly a senior pro - good choice as skipper.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 1, 2013, 22:18 GMT

    Ross taylor and macellum rested for windis test series... Now that's sounds like giving too much respect to windis side.. Kiwis need to back their unprepared pitches..

  • POSTED BY ab_irfan on | November 1, 2013, 21:09 GMT

    Agree with brent, nz should have more or less same team in test and ODIs at least. Don't bother about T20s. good to have f9 allrounders like Anderson and neesham but nz should not rotate their selection like that….where is B J Watling..he should be a regular wk in test and ODIs…same with the dean brownlie….of course there are mass departures of big players like taylor, mccullum, guptill and Williamson. They are key players. But nz should stick on some stable players…this will not help…nz still is a very good team I think if key players are availale, they have a very good bowling attack..injury has also been a major problem for nz always. Hope ryder will return soon

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 20:33 GMT

    Srilanka have a good chance to improve there ODI ranking this upcoming series.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    I agree with everyone here who suggested that Sri Lanka infuse some new blood and give the old timers a rest. Unfortunately, Sri Lankan selectors don't have the foresight most of you have, so expect the same doze.

    It's really hard to get excited about Sri Lanka Cricket, which neither has a plan or an infusion of new talent.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 20:30 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut - Nicol's not up to it, no, but I can see Rutherford going alright. They should've persisted with Wagner considering he was on this tour less than a year ago and knows the conditions even though he didn't bowl much. Batters are the prob though but good to see Elliott in, who's going to be key in SL. Slim pickings otherwise but it's all we've got at the mo. Re the captaincy, I was all for Rossco retaining it but barring his still woeful long form batting aside, think Baz is a far more astute captain. Much as I love him, Ross just wasn't at the races as skipper.

  • POSTED BY KingOwl on | November 1, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Given that the Kiwis have rested a few top players, SL should do the same. Give a break to Sanga and Mahela. Since Dilshan has already retired from test cricket, it may not be able to 'rest' him. But I do not see why Sanga and Mahela should play. NZ have got a strong fast bowling line up. But I don't think white ball, 50 over cricket will help them prepare for the test series against Pak. So, SL should also play their youngsters.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 18:54 GMT

    Sorry but I have to agree with other comments. That is a New Zealand squad that is going to get its butt kicked by Sri Lanka. We are not Australia or England and do not have the depth of quality players to have a separate ODI or T20 side.

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | November 1, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    Looking at the team, 0-3 is written all over for NZ. On the flip side, they should go hard at SL as they've got nothing to lose. May be couple of new players will make a name for themselves. This series is also a test for Chandimal and Thirmanne to come good or else SL selectors should try new comers for the next few series before WC.

  • POSTED BY Ms.Cricket on | November 1, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    NZ selectors trying hard to copy mistakes of Aussie selectors!

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | November 1, 2013, 10:51 GMT

    I know what the selectors are trying to do here, they are clearly trying to inject some experience into such a rookie side, but two failed international cricketers only injects more mediocrity into the team, did we really need another medium pace allrounder? And nicol doesn't inspire me at all. Has kyle mills ever captained a cricket team in his life? this is just painfull from a fans point of view, i would have gone for daryl mitchell and craig cachopa, mind you devcich and rutherford shouldn't be anywhere near the national side either so im running out of replacements, its just such a yuck situation. The only positive that could come from this is if mccullum and taylor have been sent home to talk to the big boss of nz cricket about reinstating ross as test captain, wouldn't be surprised if thats the real reason they've gone home.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 10:33 GMT

    this tour would'nt interest me at all,unless Sri Lanka use this tour to infuse new Blood for the Future,Bangladesh is walking over the New Zealand side which includes Brendon,Kane and Ross Taylor,what would it be without them........could not expect much,cricket is strange game but with this new Zealand side there is nothing much of a miracle that they could do.........

  • POSTED BY Metro-ant on | November 1, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    I hope Sri Lanka use this as an opportunity to bring more youth into their batting line up. We can't depend on Sanga and Mahela for too much longer. No doubt NZ are underdogs with their best batsmen being rested but if Sri Lanka are serious about wanting to win the WC in 2015 we need to sort out a solid batting line up now. We can't depend on two 38 year olds to be scoring all our runs. And that is if they even survive til then. It's frustrating that we can't find bowlers that can consistently hit the deck hard and stick to a game plan without panicking. I reckon that is where NZ could capitalise on.

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | November 1, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    All I can do is hope that NZ win against the odds. I'd say that would shut up the negative voices out there, but whenever we win a series that everyone predicts we will be thrashed in, it doesn't. It's for this reason that people stop listening to the predictable, hateful nonsense.

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    NZ will be thrashed in SL with that batting line up. Its going to be a disgrace.

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | November 1, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Sri Lanka are going to thrash New Zealand. The team is refreshed as well as they had a good break and raring to go.

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | November 1, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    I'm amazed by how uninformed so many of the comments on these pages are. As one glaring example, a few comments here mentioning NZ not developing youth or promoting young players. When you look at the recent history of NZ cricket, this is clearly not correct - Williamson, Boult, Southee, Latham, Rutherford, Neesham, Anderson, Sodhi - these are all players who, in the last few years alone, have been blooded at a very young age. This squad has an average age of 25.4 years. Is this over the hill?

    Also no logic to claiming this is a pointless series, any more than any bilateral series is pointless (endless India vs Sri Lanka series anyone?).

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Where is Martin Guptil, BJ Watling and Doug Bracewell etc? I guess in an inexperienced side like this, you should bring players like Jesse Ryder straight back into the team although he just started playing first class after his injury.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 1, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Biggest drawback of NZ ckt has been lack of vision in putting across youngsters onto the field. The selectors keep giving opportunities to tried,tested n failed players !!! Keep recalling 30 plus yr old players.... Nicol is a cropper at intl level, here he is again !!!. Anyway u r loosing, then keep youngster as oppotunity. Daryl Mitchell did reasonably well in Srilanka, he shuld have in team insted of Nicol. The other major reason for batting failure is an unsettled batting positions for batters, which always create insecurity n lack preparedness mentally for batters. The next issue is 'bits n piece' players. Such half baked cricketers are never going to win matches on a consistent basis.....

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    @Ian, "he is the captain and its not going to change for a while" you say, that more reason McCullum should play in the ODI series vs Sri Lanka. Unlike in Tests, Sri Lanka is a hard side to beat in limited over games and at their home they are more powerful. They should look to win the series no matter how small the series is, otherwise it would come haunting back when they play the WC in 2015 which comes within 15 months or so.

  • POSTED BY Antony_Lucas on | November 1, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Pleased for Kyle Mills. But for long as I can remember NZ selectors look backwards and not forwards. Youngsters please. Cantabrian Matt Henry looks the business

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 1, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Its just a pointless series. SL is going to play with a team which is loosing to Bangladesh. It is just for SL improving the ODI points but nothing else. Even NZ has no interest in winning, Taylor and McCullum are not there and they are playing on complete Spin tracks. SL is going to rock NZ.. Enjoy SL..

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Albert_cambell - its not necessary to be a great keeper in the shorter forms of the game, where your bat matters more, so McCullum is the right choice in this format. He is not the Test keeper but currently can hold his place as a middle order batsman. I'm not a fan of him being captain either and looks like the captaincy pressures have affected his batting. but everyone struggles t times. So since he IS the captain and thats unlikely to change anytime soon, some kind of mental break will probably help him and NZ. I agree this Squad does not look like it has 'Winner' stamped on it either but its as good a time as any to size up potential talent

  • POSTED BY shihan12 on | November 1, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Do this NZ selectors want to win any game at all? Sri Lankan A team will beat this NZ side..no point of resting you best players for against top international team..

  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | November 1, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    This team is going to get thrashed in SL. I dont think NZ are interested in winning any games. I dont see the point of resting Mccullum here. He is not even a test match material. NZ should give the captaincy back to Taylor and drop Mccullum from the side. There are better wicket keepers than him.

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  • POSTED BY Albert_cambell on | November 1, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    This team is going to get thrashed in SL. I dont think NZ are interested in winning any games. I dont see the point of resting Mccullum here. He is not even a test match material. NZ should give the captaincy back to Taylor and drop Mccullum from the side. There are better wicket keepers than him.

  • POSTED BY shihan12 on | November 1, 2013, 5:50 GMT

    Do this NZ selectors want to win any game at all? Sri Lankan A team will beat this NZ side..no point of resting you best players for against top international team..

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Albert_cambell - its not necessary to be a great keeper in the shorter forms of the game, where your bat matters more, so McCullum is the right choice in this format. He is not the Test keeper but currently can hold his place as a middle order batsman. I'm not a fan of him being captain either and looks like the captaincy pressures have affected his batting. but everyone struggles t times. So since he IS the captain and thats unlikely to change anytime soon, some kind of mental break will probably help him and NZ. I agree this Squad does not look like it has 'Winner' stamped on it either but its as good a time as any to size up potential talent

  • POSTED BY IndianCoolGuy on | November 1, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Its just a pointless series. SL is going to play with a team which is loosing to Bangladesh. It is just for SL improving the ODI points but nothing else. Even NZ has no interest in winning, Taylor and McCullum are not there and they are playing on complete Spin tracks. SL is going to rock NZ.. Enjoy SL..

  • POSTED BY Antony_Lucas on | November 1, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Pleased for Kyle Mills. But for long as I can remember NZ selectors look backwards and not forwards. Youngsters please. Cantabrian Matt Henry looks the business

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    @Ian, "he is the captain and its not going to change for a while" you say, that more reason McCullum should play in the ODI series vs Sri Lanka. Unlike in Tests, Sri Lanka is a hard side to beat in limited over games and at their home they are more powerful. They should look to win the series no matter how small the series is, otherwise it would come haunting back when they play the WC in 2015 which comes within 15 months or so.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | November 1, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Biggest drawback of NZ ckt has been lack of vision in putting across youngsters onto the field. The selectors keep giving opportunities to tried,tested n failed players !!! Keep recalling 30 plus yr old players.... Nicol is a cropper at intl level, here he is again !!!. Anyway u r loosing, then keep youngster as oppotunity. Daryl Mitchell did reasonably well in Srilanka, he shuld have in team insted of Nicol. The other major reason for batting failure is an unsettled batting positions for batters, which always create insecurity n lack preparedness mentally for batters. The next issue is 'bits n piece' players. Such half baked cricketers are never going to win matches on a consistent basis.....

  • POSTED BY on | November 1, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Where is Martin Guptil, BJ Watling and Doug Bracewell etc? I guess in an inexperienced side like this, you should bring players like Jesse Ryder straight back into the team although he just started playing first class after his injury.

  • POSTED BY shane-oh on | November 1, 2013, 8:35 GMT

    I'm amazed by how uninformed so many of the comments on these pages are. As one glaring example, a few comments here mentioning NZ not developing youth or promoting young players. When you look at the recent history of NZ cricket, this is clearly not correct - Williamson, Boult, Southee, Latham, Rutherford, Neesham, Anderson, Sodhi - these are all players who, in the last few years alone, have been blooded at a very young age. This squad has an average age of 25.4 years. Is this over the hill?

    Also no logic to claiming this is a pointless series, any more than any bilateral series is pointless (endless India vs Sri Lanka series anyone?).

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | November 1, 2013, 8:54 GMT

    Sri Lanka are going to thrash New Zealand. The team is refreshed as well as they had a good break and raring to go.