New Zealand in West Indies 2014 July 2, 2014

Neesham to be tested as opener in T20s

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Jimmy Neesham's profitable run with the bat during New Zealand's Test-series win against West Indies is likely to earn him a promotion to the top order in the upcoming Twenty20s. Neesham, who scored a century and two fifties in the three Tests, was the third-highest run-getter in the series, behind Kane Williamson and Tom Latham.

With New Zealand using the same pool of 15 players for the two T20s in Dominica, Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, has said the experiment, if successful, could make it easier to include both Neesham and Corey Anderson in the side's future limited-overs plans. During the World T20, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson had opened the innings for New Zealand.

''In short form cricket he's batted as high as three and opened before in domestic cricket when he was with Auckland so we know he's got the capabilities," Hesson told Fairfax NZ. "We also know that in our one-day side we've struggled to get both Corey [Anderson] and James into our line-up. We want to see James at the top of the order and see how he goes.

''In a squad of 15 we need a number of guys that can cover that position and we certainly see that he can do that. This is a really good opportunity to see how he goes and there could be some other opportunities leading up to the World Cup."

Unlike Tests, Neesham is yet to make an impact in limited-overs cricket. He has played 11 ODIs and seven T20s but has only faced 154 deliveries in the two formats. The highest he has batted in ODIs is at No. 6 and according to Hesson, he is "certainly excited about doing it and it's something he's certainly got a good skill set for".

''It is something I haven't done a whole lot of in the past but for this team to win games then you want to have guys like Corey in the middle order, who is a massive asset for us with his bowling as well, so I think it is something that might be looked at in the future," Neesham told LiveSPORT Radio. "But at the moment I'm quite happy in the middle order"

Hesson also added that Neesham's promotion as an opener had "nothing to do with Test cricket." In the three Tests, New Zealand's best opening partnership was just 17. Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford, who partnered Tom Latham in the Tests, were both unconvincing.

''The opening spot has been a little bit of trouble for New Zealand over the last couple of years and it is one of those things you are always looking for solution and new ways for going about getting a Test victory, so if that in the future is something that will give our team a better balance then it will be something that will be looked at,'' Neesham said.

New Zealand's series win was their second in the West Indies, and despite it coinciding with the news of Lou Vincent's admission of involvement in fixing and a life ban from the ECB, Neesham said it was a "massive feeling" to win overseas.

"It's slightly disappointing [Vincent's ban]. It's good for the game that that sort of stuff is coming out and there are investigations going on, but obviously the timing wasn't ideal," Neesham said. It's a massive feeling for us to get a Test series win overseas. The only way you can rebuild your credibility is by winning games of cricket."

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  • POSTED BY on | July 5, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    I think with Craig's run-rate and Sodhi's omission from the third test, they might use him in the T20i's... just a gut-feel. If they play both spinners, then Craig may play instead of Wagner/Boult. I also doubt Latham will bat before Ronchi or Anderson... so I would hope they go with:

    1/ Williamson 2/ Neesham 3/ B.Mac 4/ Taylor 5/ Andersen 6/ Ronchi (wk) 7/ Latham (they'll rest/leave out Watling methinks, until the second one - unless he misses both) 8/ Southee 9/ Sodhi 10/ Boult / Craig (if Craig, he'll bat at #9) 11/ Wagner / Boult

    It will be a close call between Wagner or Boult. Good luck Black Caps.. Let's rip into them again if we can. FYI - To all those clambering to congratulate kiwicricketnut on 'calling Neesham to open'..um, it was MY idea to include Corey AND Neesh and shift 1 to opener. He suggested Neesh for TEST 3, I preferred Corey or B.Mac BUT It was MY idea lolz from BEFORE FIRST TEST! Moreover I made it significantly BEFORE Corey's injury. Credit where it's due t.y

  • POSTED BY Toyohashi on | July 4, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    I've changed my mind about our 11. I feel it's pivotal that we choose our openers carefully, and I somehow feel that opening with Neesham and McCullum will result in one of them having a good innings. I'm worried that Guptill may get bogged down and use up a lot of deliveries if he opens, while BMac will probably get some early boundaries. Thus: McCullum Neesham Williamson Taylor Guptill Anderson Ronchi NMac Southee Boult Wagner We have capable batsmen all the way down our lineup, so it's just a question of our order really.

  • POSTED BY RhinoBond on | July 4, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    I would like the team to be:

    Rutherford, Neesham, McCullum, Taylor, Latham, Anderson, Ronchi, Craig*, Southee, Wagner, Boult. I've tagged Craig as I don't know what he will be like as a T20 player and would be tempted to sub him for Willaimson who would play as a spinner who may get elevated should we lose a couple early.

    However, I suspect Hesson will go with: Neesham, Williamson, McCullum, Taylor, Latham, Anderson, Ronchi, Sodhi, Southee, Wagner, Boult.

  • POSTED BY Naseem24 on | July 4, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    well Neeshan is a class player but new zealand is wasting a special talent like rutherford. coach and captain should use him in limited overs cricket. he's fit for T20 not tests. but they kept him in tests and keep him out of t20 and Odi

  • POSTED BY NZPurist on | July 4, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    Might as well give it a go, nothing really to lose and Neesham's technique is sound enough for this to work. The truely big totals on flat decks need two blazers at the top, and pairing him with McCullum in those instances is a good move, with Ross in at 3 all going well, or Williamson if an early wicket falls. Then having Anderson, Ronchi and Munro following, the hitting power looks good. In all honesty i think our bowlers bat better than most other countries bowlers, so despite it being turning wickets or seaming/swing conditions, changing the bowling attack doesnt deplete the lower order. Think how good Sodhi and Craig are with bat in hand, as are Southee, Boult, Wagner and NMac is a true 8 in T20's anyway.

    Considering Craig's efforts with the bat, and with the ball, it will be interesting if they think he will work in the T20's. Despite him being a right arm off spinner, he bowls a lot differently to NMac with bigger turn and more bounce.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    I think everyone is missing the grand opportunity we have with a limited over opening partnership and a short tail. In T20 you have to open with your best T20 batsment so B mac is you're opener. in the past Guppy messing around for the first 4 overs with a non agressive person at the other end has cost us games. Bmac needs to open and then you have the great oportunity to have anotehr swinger at the other end with Mr ever reliable Williamson to come in and give peace of mind. here are my picks for our current best possible team and Ryder is not there because lets be realistic he's not currently putting himself in the frame. Left out Latham because he has yet to prove himself in the shorter form of the game at this stage. T20 1. Bmac. 2. Neesham. 3.Williamson. 4. Taylor. 5. Anderson. 6.Guptil 7. Ronchi 8.Nmac 9.Southee 10.Milne 11.McClenaghan. Gupppy takes too long to start but i think he has the potential to finish well. your could open with him in ODI's.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    Not sure this is a good idea. We have tried doing this before and it hasn't worked very well and usually unsettles the player they do it to in other forms of the game. It would be better to get someone who is not a genuine batting contender in there like Ish Sodhi or Tim Southee to get us off to a good start. Its not going to affect their batting in a bad way at all.

  • POSTED BY jimmyvida on | July 3, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    AAH Neesham! what a good player this batsman is. Expect to see this guy at the top of the heap and to stay there for a long time. With him and Williamson NZ looks very good indeed.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    I'm guessing that the team will be this (based on that they are only picking from the 15 man test squad): 1. Williamson, 2. Neesham, 3. McCullum, 4. Taylor, 5. Anderson, 6. Ronchi, 7. Latham/Watling, 8. Southee, 9. Sodhi/Craig, 10. Wagner, 11. Boult

  • POSTED BY hokeypokey on | July 3, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Bring back ryder and guptil..

  • POSTED BY on | July 5, 2014, 0:54 GMT

    I think with Craig's run-rate and Sodhi's omission from the third test, they might use him in the T20i's... just a gut-feel. If they play both spinners, then Craig may play instead of Wagner/Boult. I also doubt Latham will bat before Ronchi or Anderson... so I would hope they go with:

    1/ Williamson 2/ Neesham 3/ B.Mac 4/ Taylor 5/ Andersen 6/ Ronchi (wk) 7/ Latham (they'll rest/leave out Watling methinks, until the second one - unless he misses both) 8/ Southee 9/ Sodhi 10/ Boult / Craig (if Craig, he'll bat at #9) 11/ Wagner / Boult

    It will be a close call between Wagner or Boult. Good luck Black Caps.. Let's rip into them again if we can. FYI - To all those clambering to congratulate kiwicricketnut on 'calling Neesham to open'..um, it was MY idea to include Corey AND Neesh and shift 1 to opener. He suggested Neesh for TEST 3, I preferred Corey or B.Mac BUT It was MY idea lolz from BEFORE FIRST TEST! Moreover I made it significantly BEFORE Corey's injury. Credit where it's due t.y

  • POSTED BY Toyohashi on | July 4, 2014, 14:43 GMT

    I've changed my mind about our 11. I feel it's pivotal that we choose our openers carefully, and I somehow feel that opening with Neesham and McCullum will result in one of them having a good innings. I'm worried that Guptill may get bogged down and use up a lot of deliveries if he opens, while BMac will probably get some early boundaries. Thus: McCullum Neesham Williamson Taylor Guptill Anderson Ronchi NMac Southee Boult Wagner We have capable batsmen all the way down our lineup, so it's just a question of our order really.

  • POSTED BY RhinoBond on | July 4, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    I would like the team to be:

    Rutherford, Neesham, McCullum, Taylor, Latham, Anderson, Ronchi, Craig*, Southee, Wagner, Boult. I've tagged Craig as I don't know what he will be like as a T20 player and would be tempted to sub him for Willaimson who would play as a spinner who may get elevated should we lose a couple early.

    However, I suspect Hesson will go with: Neesham, Williamson, McCullum, Taylor, Latham, Anderson, Ronchi, Sodhi, Southee, Wagner, Boult.

  • POSTED BY Naseem24 on | July 4, 2014, 10:51 GMT

    well Neeshan is a class player but new zealand is wasting a special talent like rutherford. coach and captain should use him in limited overs cricket. he's fit for T20 not tests. but they kept him in tests and keep him out of t20 and Odi

  • POSTED BY NZPurist on | July 4, 2014, 2:55 GMT

    Might as well give it a go, nothing really to lose and Neesham's technique is sound enough for this to work. The truely big totals on flat decks need two blazers at the top, and pairing him with McCullum in those instances is a good move, with Ross in at 3 all going well, or Williamson if an early wicket falls. Then having Anderson, Ronchi and Munro following, the hitting power looks good. In all honesty i think our bowlers bat better than most other countries bowlers, so despite it being turning wickets or seaming/swing conditions, changing the bowling attack doesnt deplete the lower order. Think how good Sodhi and Craig are with bat in hand, as are Southee, Boult, Wagner and NMac is a true 8 in T20's anyway.

    Considering Craig's efforts with the bat, and with the ball, it will be interesting if they think he will work in the T20's. Despite him being a right arm off spinner, he bowls a lot differently to NMac with bigger turn and more bounce.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    I think everyone is missing the grand opportunity we have with a limited over opening partnership and a short tail. In T20 you have to open with your best T20 batsment so B mac is you're opener. in the past Guppy messing around for the first 4 overs with a non agressive person at the other end has cost us games. Bmac needs to open and then you have the great oportunity to have anotehr swinger at the other end with Mr ever reliable Williamson to come in and give peace of mind. here are my picks for our current best possible team and Ryder is not there because lets be realistic he's not currently putting himself in the frame. Left out Latham because he has yet to prove himself in the shorter form of the game at this stage. T20 1. Bmac. 2. Neesham. 3.Williamson. 4. Taylor. 5. Anderson. 6.Guptil 7. Ronchi 8.Nmac 9.Southee 10.Milne 11.McClenaghan. Gupppy takes too long to start but i think he has the potential to finish well. your could open with him in ODI's.

  • POSTED BY on | July 4, 2014, 0:56 GMT

    Not sure this is a good idea. We have tried doing this before and it hasn't worked very well and usually unsettles the player they do it to in other forms of the game. It would be better to get someone who is not a genuine batting contender in there like Ish Sodhi or Tim Southee to get us off to a good start. Its not going to affect their batting in a bad way at all.

  • POSTED BY jimmyvida on | July 3, 2014, 15:28 GMT

    AAH Neesham! what a good player this batsman is. Expect to see this guy at the top of the heap and to stay there for a long time. With him and Williamson NZ looks very good indeed.

  • POSTED BY on | July 3, 2014, 11:20 GMT

    I'm guessing that the team will be this (based on that they are only picking from the 15 man test squad): 1. Williamson, 2. Neesham, 3. McCullum, 4. Taylor, 5. Anderson, 6. Ronchi, 7. Latham/Watling, 8. Southee, 9. Sodhi/Craig, 10. Wagner, 11. Boult

  • POSTED BY hokeypokey on | July 3, 2014, 8:42 GMT

    Bring back ryder and guptil..

  • POSTED BY Jordanious77 on | July 3, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    People do realize that they're only choosing players for the T20's from the test squad, right?

  • POSTED BY kiwicricketnut on | July 3, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    thanks mr bond, no garrentees he'll succeed but i like that they are trying to find room for two pretty dynamic allrounders, if he does well in the short forms then a promotion to the top of the test order will be a formality, i can't be too crazy, even the coaches are now thinking this is the way foward, i hope it works.

  • POSTED BY Ilovenz on | July 2, 2014, 23:57 GMT

    My NZ Team for WC 2015 would be

    Ryder,Guptill,Kane,Ross,B.Mac,Corey,James.N,Luke,N.Mac,Southee and Mitch

    (Mills,Matt.H,T. Latham and spinner bench) maybe Grant Elliot)

  • POSTED BY iceaxe on | July 2, 2014, 23:01 GMT

    Would love to see Neesham and Anderson play in the same game. Excellent news!

    On a different subject,...

    Hesson - ""It's slightly disappointing [Vincent's ban]."

    Well, Vincent hasn't been in the NZ team for years. He's almost 40! Really,... you've got to come up with better statements than that.

  • POSTED BY BlakeHoulihan on | July 2, 2014, 13:16 GMT

    They are using the same 15 players from the test squad, no point selecting Henry, NMac, McClenaghan, Guptill, Munro etc. in your XI because they aren't there. But they would probably be in our best XI.

  • POSTED BY BlakeHoulihan on | July 2, 2014, 13:12 GMT

    Wow, awesome comments from the kiwi fans.

    Finally, we got some clarity as the the intentions of the selectors regarding squeezing Anderson and Neesham both into the Test side. Well done Hesson for giving the fans some insight. Case closed for the moment.

    Munro is currently playing in the English T20 comp, and performing very well. McClenaghan is due to join him shortly. Don't know if Guptill was selected for the CPL but he performed well last year and is probably due out there in July. So that's what the other first choice players are up too.

    Shocking that there is talk of Neesham opening at the ODI World Cup because it appears they are basically ruling out Jesse Ryder (Guptill being the established opener)...not sure that's a wise move.

    Well done to Neesham for having the guts to step up in the absence of Guptill in the T20 squad, but it's a big ask. Backing NZ to win this T20 series 2-0 without Chris Gayle playing.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Interesting that nobody is picking KW as opener when he opened in the T20 world cup and was easily the best batsman throughout the whole thing!

    Surely it will be:

    1. KW, 2. Neesh, 3. Latham, 4. Taylor, 5. BMac, 6. Anderson, 7. Ronchi, 8. NMac, 9. Southee, 10. Henry, 11. McClenaghan

    You could change KW for Latham of course but I like the idea of KW anchoring at run a ball the whole innings as he did in the world cup.

    I'd consider putting Munro in instead of Taylor. In becoming a very good Test player I'm not certain he is still suited to T20.

  • POSTED BY Min2000 on | July 2, 2014, 9:55 GMT

    Where are all the ODIs?

    My T20 XI - Neesham, Guptill, McCullum, Taylor, Anderson, Williamson, Ronchi+, Southee, Milne, Hira, McClenaghan

  • POSTED BY class9ryan on | July 2, 2014, 9:39 GMT

    New Zealand should now focus on the ODI format in which they do have players but they need consistent performances from them. I don't what and when Ryder is gonna play his A game for them or else they may have to hope something special from likes of Latham. If Ryder comes as a consistent and good opener for the Kiwis, they can have a big chance at WC 2015.

  • POSTED BY SixFourOut on | July 2, 2014, 9:37 GMT

    Everyone's jumping the gun on Latham. He's had a couple of good innings, thats ALL!

    He needs to cement his spot still. Kiwi's are far too accepting of a good performance here and there. His last two innings netted 14 runs, so there's that.

    Henry is NZ's best bowler and if you look at his action and domestic record, you must play him. Ryder is too good to leave out.

    The kiwi ODI side I'd be most afraid of playing would be:

    Ryder - Guptil - Williamson - Taylor - Bmac - Anderson - Neesh - Ronchi - Nmac - McClenegan - Henry.

    Nathan Mccullum does a specific job blockhole-ing batsman and keeping some fast/tight overs and it works (plus he can hit sixes).

    Ronchi is a hitter, you don't want consistent players down the order, if the top is failing, fix the top, but let the lower order hit big'uns.

    Southee and Boult for tests, but Henry and Mitch Mac for ODI's.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2014, 9:25 GMT

    You guys are all forgetting about Matt Henry and Adam Milne! Henry will be my pick for the third seamer role in ODIs/T20s.

  • POSTED BY paddles952 on | July 2, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    Grand to see "the Neesh" unleashed at the top. Curious to see the number of people here calling for wagner in limited overs stuff... he hasnt been a part of odi or t20 games for a while.. pretty one-dimensional bowler.

  • POSTED BY Toyohashi on | July 2, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    This is excellent news and good progressive thinking. We are really spoilt for choice in terms of T20 talent - i.e. big hitters and death bowlers. My XI would be: Guptill Neesham KW Taylor Bmac Anderson Ronchi NMac Southee Craig/Boult/Wagner McClenaghan (Craig if pitch suits spin, Boult/Wagner otherwise)

    This would mean resting Latham and Watling, two excellent test batsman, but horses for courses and someone's got to miss out! KW's good to keep at 3, to keep the strike moving if we lose an early wicket, while our openers and middle order will surely do some damage!

    Wish I could actually watch this match.. It'll be on at 3am in Japan!

  • POSTED BY 22many on | July 2, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    like the idea of Neesham opening McCullum, Neesham, Taylor, Williamson (floating) Anderson, Ronchi,Latham, Southee, Craig, Wagner , Bolt.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 2, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    My ideal NZ T20 team would have to be M.Guptil, T.Latham, B.McCullum, R.Taylor, C.Anderson, J.Neesham, L.Ronchi, N.McCullum, K.Mills, T.Southee, M.Mcglenagan Maybe Williamson in for Latham for another option for a couple overs of spin if we need it.

  • POSTED BY SameOld on | July 2, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Just realised I left McClenaganaclenahen out of my side earlier. Sorry Mitch! I think I'd play him over Boult at the moment, in the shorter forms.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 2, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    It seems the golden generation of kiwis in cricket has coincided with belgium in football,have high expectations from them in the upcoming cricket world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    why is Martin Guptill is being ignored??? He is a limited overs specialist. Guptii n Neesh can make a explosive combo at top of the order.

  • POSTED BY weasel_zapper on | July 2, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Yeah Neesh would be a good option in the shorter formats, dude can build an innings and also take to an attack with the long handle.

    Do hope we see Ryder back at some stage, such a naturally gifted cricketer, but he must be getting pretty low on chances. Everyone seems quick to blame management but surely it's at the stage where the players don't really want him in the team until (if....) he sorts himself out, at the moment we've got a group of really committed guys working extremely hard playing good cricket and there isn't too much reason to mess with that.

    Do we really need KW in the T20 team though? No doubt he would do well but I reckon we started to see big improvements from him in ODI and Test after they stopped playing him in T20. Could bring him in for world cup still if need be though.

    We've all be saying it alot lately but man it is awesome to see so much depth, espeically in the shorter formats. So many guys really battling it out for a spot.

  • POSTED BY SameOld on | July 2, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    @Jordanious77 - What, no Watling? I think we're a bit light in the keeping department without him. Sure, there's Ronchi, Latham and Baz, but is that enough, really? :)

    Seriously, though, I like the look of that team. Seven possible bowlers offering left and right armers for both pace and spin, but still a strong batting card. Nice! I reckon in t20 mode, Boult should bat a bit higher. The boy likes to swing, and can clear the boundary.

    Looking wider though, I think Milne, Guptill, Henry and especially Nathan McCullum should all be in the mix. Not to mention Old Man Dan and Naughty Boy Jess.

    Pie-in-the-sky 2015 team: Neesh, KW, Ryder, Taylor, Baz, Anderson, Latham (WK), Southee, NMac, Boult, Henry. On the bench: Ronchi, Guptill, Milne, Sodhi

    ...I'm trying to come to terms with the horrible fact that Vettori will probably never play for NZ again. Sad, but I think true.

  • POSTED BY Jordanious77 on | July 2, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    Hahahaha indeed it has Shane Bond.

    My T20 team (based off players in the test team) (P.S i've gone for something a little different just to offer a little variation on what is the obvious team)

    Williamson, Neesham, McCullum, Taylor, Anderson, Ronchi, Latham, Southee, Craig, Wagner, Boult.

    I would use Latham as someone to bring in to prevent collapse. I would like to see Williamson continue to open in T20 as I think he has shown a lot of promisel there. He's a solid 7-8 RPO 30-40 which gets us off to a great start and with an aggressive partner like Neesham could be the perfect opening pair.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | July 2, 2014, 4:28 GMT

    @Kiwicricketnut Your wish has been granted mate.

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  • POSTED BY Jordanious77 on | July 2, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    Hahahaha indeed it has Shane Bond.

    My T20 team (based off players in the test team) (P.S i've gone for something a little different just to offer a little variation on what is the obvious team)

    Williamson, Neesham, McCullum, Taylor, Anderson, Ronchi, Latham, Southee, Craig, Wagner, Boult.

    I would use Latham as someone to bring in to prevent collapse. I would like to see Williamson continue to open in T20 as I think he has shown a lot of promisel there. He's a solid 7-8 RPO 30-40 which gets us off to a great start and with an aggressive partner like Neesham could be the perfect opening pair.

  • POSTED BY SameOld on | July 2, 2014, 5:31 GMT

    @Jordanious77 - What, no Watling? I think we're a bit light in the keeping department without him. Sure, there's Ronchi, Latham and Baz, but is that enough, really? :)

    Seriously, though, I like the look of that team. Seven possible bowlers offering left and right armers for both pace and spin, but still a strong batting card. Nice! I reckon in t20 mode, Boult should bat a bit higher. The boy likes to swing, and can clear the boundary.

    Looking wider though, I think Milne, Guptill, Henry and especially Nathan McCullum should all be in the mix. Not to mention Old Man Dan and Naughty Boy Jess.

    Pie-in-the-sky 2015 team: Neesh, KW, Ryder, Taylor, Baz, Anderson, Latham (WK), Southee, NMac, Boult, Henry. On the bench: Ronchi, Guptill, Milne, Sodhi

    ...I'm trying to come to terms with the horrible fact that Vettori will probably never play for NZ again. Sad, but I think true.

  • POSTED BY weasel_zapper on | July 2, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    Yeah Neesh would be a good option in the shorter formats, dude can build an innings and also take to an attack with the long handle.

    Do hope we see Ryder back at some stage, such a naturally gifted cricketer, but he must be getting pretty low on chances. Everyone seems quick to blame management but surely it's at the stage where the players don't really want him in the team until (if....) he sorts himself out, at the moment we've got a group of really committed guys working extremely hard playing good cricket and there isn't too much reason to mess with that.

    Do we really need KW in the T20 team though? No doubt he would do well but I reckon we started to see big improvements from him in ODI and Test after they stopped playing him in T20. Could bring him in for world cup still if need be though.

    We've all be saying it alot lately but man it is awesome to see so much depth, espeically in the shorter formats. So many guys really battling it out for a spot.

  • POSTED BY on | July 2, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    why is Martin Guptill is being ignored??? He is a limited overs specialist. Guptii n Neesh can make a explosive combo at top of the order.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 2, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    It seems the golden generation of kiwis in cricket has coincided with belgium in football,have high expectations from them in the upcoming cricket world cup.

  • POSTED BY SameOld on | July 2, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Just realised I left McClenaganaclenahen out of my side earlier. Sorry Mitch! I think I'd play him over Boult at the moment, in the shorter forms.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | July 2, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    My ideal NZ T20 team would have to be M.Guptil, T.Latham, B.McCullum, R.Taylor, C.Anderson, J.Neesham, L.Ronchi, N.McCullum, K.Mills, T.Southee, M.Mcglenagan Maybe Williamson in for Latham for another option for a couple overs of spin if we need it.

  • POSTED BY 22many on | July 2, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    like the idea of Neesham opening McCullum, Neesham, Taylor, Williamson (floating) Anderson, Ronchi,Latham, Southee, Craig, Wagner , Bolt.

  • POSTED BY Toyohashi on | July 2, 2014, 8:59 GMT

    This is excellent news and good progressive thinking. We are really spoilt for choice in terms of T20 talent - i.e. big hitters and death bowlers. My XI would be: Guptill Neesham KW Taylor Bmac Anderson Ronchi NMac Southee Craig/Boult/Wagner McClenaghan (Craig if pitch suits spin, Boult/Wagner otherwise)

    This would mean resting Latham and Watling, two excellent test batsman, but horses for courses and someone's got to miss out! KW's good to keep at 3, to keep the strike moving if we lose an early wicket, while our openers and middle order will surely do some damage!

    Wish I could actually watch this match.. It'll be on at 3am in Japan!