World Twenty20 2010 March 31, 2010

New Zealand cover all bases for World Twenty20

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New Zealand are sweating on the fitness of a batch of experienced players for the World Twenty20 in the Caribbean next month. Kyle Mills (shoulder), Jacob Oram (knee), Aaron Redmond and Ian Butler have all been named in the 15-man squad, but their final selection depends on their rehabilitation over the next three weeks.

Daryl Tuffey, the fast bowler, and Neil Broom have missed out because of fitness problems while Rob Nicol, the Canterbury allrounder, has been picked for his first tour. With so many players on the comeback trail, the coach Mark Greatbatch has seven men on standby to cover all possibilities.

Mills worked with the Test squad before the match in Hamilton but Greatbatch said he has some "checkpoints" to pass before getting the all-clear. Oram, who hurt his knee in the one-day series, will visit Greatbatch over the next three weeks to do skills sessions. "He's going to have to show us he's up to speed, along with two or three others," Greatbatch said.

The squad will have a warm-up camp in Brisbane before heading to the Caribbean and each man has been handed a fitness programme for the next three weeks. "A number of our players - Mills, Oram, Redmond and Butler - are coming back from injury, so the training schedule will put all of our players through their paces to ensure that they are fully fit before we depart," Greatbatch said.

Butler, Redmond, the wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins and Scott Styris will gain some match practice by turning out in the National Club Championship in Auckland between April 6 and 11. Greatbatch said the players on standby were Jeetan Patel, Peter Ingram, Shanan Stewart, Andy McKay, Brent Arnel, James Franklin and Peter McGlashan.

Despite the injury concerns, Greatbatch was confident of a strong showing. "We think we have some very dynamic batters, who can be lethal in this form of the game," Greatbatch said. "Our bowlers are also very effective Twenty20 performers."

New Zealand will be based in Guyana for the opening stage and face Sri Lanka in the first game of the tournament on April 30 before playing Zimbabwe on May 4. Only the top two teams go through to the next stage of the event.

New Zealand squad Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Aaron Redmond, Jacob Oram, Gareth Hopkins (wk), Daniel Vettori (capt), Rob Nicol, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Shane Bond, Ian Butler.

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  • on April 3, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    wingman42 i beg to disagree new zealand have always been one one of the most inconsistent cricket teams in world cricket if you look at there results its been very far and few when they play as a unit they can beat anybody however coming into the t20 world cup i would rate both them and the west indies as the darkhorses in the tournament because they can be full of suprises if the likes of Ryder,Taylor,Vettori,Bond,Oram etc click they are very much capable of lifting the world t20 trophy however what is required is confidence and consistency.

  • MalingaTheToeCrusher on April 3, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    @Alex Sibley You think Sri lanka has a poor t20 team. Lol Nz is nowhere near Sri lanka in t20. If you say malinga is the only world class player in sri lanka then McCullum is the only world class player in NZ. Dilshan, Sanath, Sanga, Mathews,Mahela, Mendis, Murali, malinga, all these players are world class. Check the stats. Mendis has a way better stats than vettori in t20. All the batsman above have better stats than the Nz batters except for McCullum. Sri lanka have a way better team than new zealand. And Afridi is not the best t20 bowler neither vettori. they are one of the bests. Umar gul is the best t20 bowler for now. Australia, Sri lanka, India , Pakistan they are the teams to watch. South Africa is always a good team which always chokes.

  • wingman42 on April 3, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Ppl need to start thinking are realize that the black caps have been one of the most consistent teams during the past decade or so. They manage to reach the semis of nearly every world cup and put up a great fight even when they lose. I think that if the likes of Bondy, Mac, Ryder, and taylor happen to fire, they can be one of the most exciting teams to watch.

  • sabina2009 on April 2, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    It is going to be a bit tough for the Kiwis to win the World Twenty20. It is not going to be that smooth journey for them as they will have to face some tougher sides. The way they performed against the Aussies on their home soil in all formats of the game, what they will do in World Twenty20 can easily be prognosticated. From their recent concluded series against the Aussies, the Kiwis should take didactic steps in order to perform well in the tournament in the Caribbean that is going to be held later this month. I wish the coach is there to make laudatory approaches to recover the infirmity among the Kiwi players so that they can relish on their tour in the World Twenty20 tournament in the Caribbean.

  • klobania on April 1, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    i think people here writing comments here against afridi know by heart that afridi and umar gul are the best t-20 players i think they still not ready to accept bitter defeat aganist pakistan in last t-20 world cup

  • BondShaneBond on April 1, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Guess bit late to comment, nevertheless, Afridi can not be considered for best bowlers, he's not even good. Two performances in World T20 2009 can not get anyone anything. He better focus on his performances other than batting and bowling and he alongside whole Pakistan Cricket fraternity would be better off.

  • rahul_studd on April 1, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    If New Zealand wants to win the world cup than they should recall retired chris cairns, carig mcmillian and chris harris so than can win the cup otherwise this is worst team I had seen it.

  • klobania on April 1, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    i think this is not right to compare afridi with vettori. afridi is well proven most accomplished t-20 player. n those who think vettori has better economy rate or avg. must realize that it is not only econ rate or avg. but the time and circumstances under which a player delivers is the most important and i think afridi is the one who helped pakistan to be world champions he is comparable to nobody in this short format of cricket

  • sathishvaiju on April 1, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    @usmankhan001, ohhhhhhhhhh1 my friend how can u compare that useless afridi with the legend MR.Vettori, Afridi might be better eater of the ball than vettori, Vettori even better in batting than this idiot afridi, who only knows to hit the ball in air, if sometimes it clicks then six, most of the matches it will be out, how u crazy pakistanis are fan of this useless player afridi, According to me Imran Nazir is a good batsman.

  • nskaile on April 1, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    "BROOM MISSED OUT CAUSE OF INJURY" ARE U KIDDING ME? SO if he was fit, NZ was gonna pick him? This guy is the worst cricket player i have seen in years. His ave in odi is 17.17. Only NZ can play these kind players in their team!

  • on April 3, 2010, 22:23 GMT

    wingman42 i beg to disagree new zealand have always been one one of the most inconsistent cricket teams in world cricket if you look at there results its been very far and few when they play as a unit they can beat anybody however coming into the t20 world cup i would rate both them and the west indies as the darkhorses in the tournament because they can be full of suprises if the likes of Ryder,Taylor,Vettori,Bond,Oram etc click they are very much capable of lifting the world t20 trophy however what is required is confidence and consistency.

  • MalingaTheToeCrusher on April 3, 2010, 7:11 GMT

    @Alex Sibley You think Sri lanka has a poor t20 team. Lol Nz is nowhere near Sri lanka in t20. If you say malinga is the only world class player in sri lanka then McCullum is the only world class player in NZ. Dilshan, Sanath, Sanga, Mathews,Mahela, Mendis, Murali, malinga, all these players are world class. Check the stats. Mendis has a way better stats than vettori in t20. All the batsman above have better stats than the Nz batters except for McCullum. Sri lanka have a way better team than new zealand. And Afridi is not the best t20 bowler neither vettori. they are one of the bests. Umar gul is the best t20 bowler for now. Australia, Sri lanka, India , Pakistan they are the teams to watch. South Africa is always a good team which always chokes.

  • wingman42 on April 3, 2010, 5:23 GMT

    Ppl need to start thinking are realize that the black caps have been one of the most consistent teams during the past decade or so. They manage to reach the semis of nearly every world cup and put up a great fight even when they lose. I think that if the likes of Bondy, Mac, Ryder, and taylor happen to fire, they can be one of the most exciting teams to watch.

  • sabina2009 on April 2, 2010, 6:17 GMT

    It is going to be a bit tough for the Kiwis to win the World Twenty20. It is not going to be that smooth journey for them as they will have to face some tougher sides. The way they performed against the Aussies on their home soil in all formats of the game, what they will do in World Twenty20 can easily be prognosticated. From their recent concluded series against the Aussies, the Kiwis should take didactic steps in order to perform well in the tournament in the Caribbean that is going to be held later this month. I wish the coach is there to make laudatory approaches to recover the infirmity among the Kiwi players so that they can relish on their tour in the World Twenty20 tournament in the Caribbean.

  • klobania on April 1, 2010, 18:26 GMT

    i think people here writing comments here against afridi know by heart that afridi and umar gul are the best t-20 players i think they still not ready to accept bitter defeat aganist pakistan in last t-20 world cup

  • BondShaneBond on April 1, 2010, 9:01 GMT

    Guess bit late to comment, nevertheless, Afridi can not be considered for best bowlers, he's not even good. Two performances in World T20 2009 can not get anyone anything. He better focus on his performances other than batting and bowling and he alongside whole Pakistan Cricket fraternity would be better off.

  • rahul_studd on April 1, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    If New Zealand wants to win the world cup than they should recall retired chris cairns, carig mcmillian and chris harris so than can win the cup otherwise this is worst team I had seen it.

  • klobania on April 1, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    i think this is not right to compare afridi with vettori. afridi is well proven most accomplished t-20 player. n those who think vettori has better economy rate or avg. must realize that it is not only econ rate or avg. but the time and circumstances under which a player delivers is the most important and i think afridi is the one who helped pakistan to be world champions he is comparable to nobody in this short format of cricket

  • sathishvaiju on April 1, 2010, 4:10 GMT

    @usmankhan001, ohhhhhhhhhh1 my friend how can u compare that useless afridi with the legend MR.Vettori, Afridi might be better eater of the ball than vettori, Vettori even better in batting than this idiot afridi, who only knows to hit the ball in air, if sometimes it clicks then six, most of the matches it will be out, how u crazy pakistanis are fan of this useless player afridi, According to me Imran Nazir is a good batsman.

  • nskaile on April 1, 2010, 1:15 GMT

    "BROOM MISSED OUT CAUSE OF INJURY" ARE U KIDDING ME? SO if he was fit, NZ was gonna pick him? This guy is the worst cricket player i have seen in years. His ave in odi is 17.17. Only NZ can play these kind players in their team!

  • doushbag on April 1, 2010, 0:04 GMT

    found a unofficial site with T20 rankings i wouldn't read much into theses though

    1 127.13 26 Umar Gul Pakistan 2 117.78 12 Mendis B.A.W Sri Lanka 3 114.91 27 Shahid Afridi Pakistan 4 112.67 21 Vettori D.L New Zealand 5 92.43 11 Abdur Razzak Bangladesh 6 92.08 15 Bond S.E New Zealand 7 91.73 14 Steyn D.W South Africa 8 90.19 14 Saeed Ajmal Pakistan 9 88.06 10 Swann G.P England 10 84.63 13 Johnston D.T Ireland

  • IGL2010 on March 31, 2010, 18:45 GMT

    Is there any official T20 International players rankings done by ICC so everyone knows who stands where.

  • Helpfuljoe on March 31, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    @usmankhan001...

    Nice uninformed comment. How can Afridi be the best 20/20 bowler when both him and Vettori have played 20+ games, and Vettori has a better economy rate and average. Please think/research before you post as poorly thought-out and comments from uninformed people really ruin discussion boards like this one.

  • searle_richnz on March 31, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    Good team on paper; at their best they could probably take any team. Most important will be if the big boys with IPL experience can step up with some consistency. Imagine the Ryder, McCullum, Taylor combo firing on all cylinders; mouth watering prospect for any ardent NZ fan. The Vettori, Bond, Mills unit could be huge. Butler is also class. Australia the team to beat. Though if India can capture the class of their younger players from the IPL they should be unstoppable. Go Kiwi, bag some silverware for us long time followers!

  • Lakpj on March 31, 2010, 17:00 GMT

    @Alex Sibley we ll c about that when they take on SL.this SL team may have new faces there. but you'll c how talented they are. NZ had always failed to beat SL in World tournaments.

  • on March 31, 2010, 16:58 GMT

    @usman --> no one agrees that. Vettori is world class. Afridi is local class.

  • on March 31, 2010, 14:47 GMT

    @all gul is the best t-20 bowler and mccullam is the best batsman. fielder can vary.

  • NewYorkCricket on March 31, 2010, 13:56 GMT

    New Zealand is on a serious decline but T20 is there best chance to win a world cup

  • on March 31, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    Good that ryder mills and Hopkins back. They have a good chance to win T20 world cup

  • stevenmcrae1 on March 31, 2010, 13:30 GMT

    i think that if NZ need to just play there game. just cause they got Shane Bond Daniel Vettori and McCullum and Ross Taylor it doesn't mean anything. All the NZders need to do is focus on what they are doing and if Jacob Oram and the others who are not fit no point having them in the squad.

    The person who said Shahid Afridi the best t20bowler that not correct it Daniel Vettori, Daniel Vettori all the way he the one who will win us the t20 world cup also NZ have to perform to the best they can posting good scores or bowling and field well.

  • ithkrall on March 31, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    @usmankhan001 Actually Afridi has a worse average and RPO than Vettori in international 20/20 matches. But its close, Umar Gul is also in the top group of 20/20 bowlers wiht a better average than Vettori but worse RPO.

    @Gupta.ankur That's a pretty ignorant comment, NZ may not be a good test team but the ODI team is ranked 4th in the world and the T20 may be even better than that. NZ also has the 1st, 5th, 6th and 12th ranked ODI bowlers, making them the best ODI bowling unit in the world at full strength. The team has talent in the shorter forms of the game. If their were t20 rankings you would see a lot of kiwis in the top20 on both sides of the ball

  • on March 31, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    yeah...obviously Afridi is the best t20 spin bowler...best fast bowler is Umar Gul

  • Ruddney on March 31, 2010, 11:15 GMT

    Great to see them reward Hopkins with a place in the squad. However the top order need to learn from Styris and Hopkins and realise that boundaries are pointless if they are followed by dot balls. Styris and Hopkins scored at a good rate against australia because they would scores 1's and 2's in addition to boundaries. The top order need to learnt to rotate the strike and try to take some of the pressure of mccullum.

  • aglubb002 on March 31, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    Somehow I dont think so. It looks great on paper but: - Oram is the weak link, has showed nothing lately, hope he proved me wrong but doubt it. - Mills only just coming back. - Ryder, Redmond etc all short on game time. Dont see what Franklin has done wrong. One minute doing well in 20/20 v Aus, next minute cant make the 15 man squad! Laughably inconsistent selections. NZC dont want Vincent, stupidity The guy who said Butler is world class?? LOL he shouldn't even be in the squad. McKay far better. Nicol? Look at his stats, what has he ever done? Kane better? My squad: BMac, Ryder, Guptill, Taylor, Styris, Hopkins, Franklin, Vettori, Mills, Southee, Bond, 12 Nath Mc, 13 McKay, 14 Vincent/Redmond, 15 Oram

  • 1988dave10 on March 31, 2010, 9:56 GMT

    I'm an Aussie and I'd say that'd be almost the best team NZ could produce in that form, except that may be Jermaine Clement and Bret McKenzie could come in with Murray Hewitt as the New Zealand Cricket Team band manager. Hahaha! I reckon they have the potential to make it to the semis and once teams to get to that stage, any team can win. Bond is a lethal bowler and Vettori is good tidy bowler. Good luck to them, you do well to play like you do with 4 million people, compared to our 22 million, we hope to play you guys later in the tournament.

  • doushbag on March 31, 2010, 9:39 GMT

    my team

    1. McCullum 2. Ryder 3. Guptill 4. Taylor 5. Styris 6. Oram 7. Hopkins 8. Vettori 9. Mills 10. Tim Southee 11. Bond

    potential to upset any team i believe especially if Oram can get himself back into form the only debate is whether Nathan McCullum should be in for either Hopkins or Southee i guess but i like what i saw in Hopkins so far & Southee's bowling at the death is a must...

  • doushbag on March 31, 2010, 9:23 GMT

    not a bad squad capable of upsetting a few teams my only concern is Oram hes been totally out of form but hopefully for a knockout touney like this he can fire at the right time.

    my team>>

    Brendon McCullum Jesse Ryder Martin Guptill Ross Taylor Scott Styris Jacob Oram Gareth Hopkins (wk) Daniel Vettori (capt) Kyle Mills Tim Southee Shane Bond

  • usmankhan001 on March 31, 2010, 9:02 GMT

    @ trickykid ...afridi is d best t20bwler not vetorri...hope every1 agrees

  • on March 31, 2010, 8:01 GMT

    Thats such a good squad ..love to see Ryder and Mills back in action ..Kiwis were missing a blasting opener and a wicket taking bowler ..now they got both ..wish them good luck in T20 WC

  • Ilovenz on March 31, 2010, 7:47 GMT

    Gupta.Ankur why dont you come and play for them then

  • le_stephenois on March 31, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    pretty solid squad, good to see Ryder back, but seriously what is all the hype about? NZ have good players but in T20 WC they don't stand a chance with much more talented sides like SL, SA, WI, Ind and Pak around.

  • finalwarrior on March 31, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    The cup goes to Kiwi's this time :) Rossy will rock this time and looking forward for him to explode in IPL.. Rossy u r splendid

  • on March 31, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    Were not New Zealand and Sri Lanka supposed to play a Twenty20 series in May in Florida? Whatever happened to that?

  • on March 31, 2010, 6:23 GMT

    This is the first time I have looked at a possible NZ team and seen absoloutly no weak points in the team! More than capable of winning this thing. Dynamite up a top and I think Taylor is one of the, if not the best t20 batsman in the world at the moment and Styris is looking good with the willow also. The only thing that would make this team better would be if Oram could find his form of old and maybe if Hopkins could give the gloves up to make way for a guy like Butler who is world class with the ball in this form and a more than useful lower order bat. However Hopkins has proved himself as a fierce competitor in the lower middle order and a very good gloveman up to the stumps with the medium pacers

  • TrickyKid on March 31, 2010, 6:14 GMT

    How can Gupta say there is no talent in the NZ squad?1 McCullum has the most 20/20 runs and Vettori is the best 20/20 bowler, plus Shane Bond. Three world class players right there.

  • stormrule on March 31, 2010, 5:44 GMT

    That us an awesome squad and we could win this. im confident boys.

  • NikhilPapad3 on March 31, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    I think they are missing an explosive middle order, after taylor nz are a lilttle thin, jacob oram hasnt perfrmed in a while and neil broom is out which is a shame also, I do like the mix and experience of the bowling attack though, especially with dan, bondy and maybe mills if hes fit again, our bowlng will be pretty good. I think aussie will be the ones to beat in the tournament.

  • Bigtimmy on March 31, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    how funny is it that our 20/20 squad is better then are test match squad

  • on March 31, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Andy McKay needed to be included for the extra pace. Looks like quite a strong squad though

  • L.Pearce on March 31, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    yeah NZ not much to say really apart from try to stay fit and pick the right players available to you. the squad is good but the cover players are very questionable.

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 31, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Kiwis have no hope of winning any tournament,they have no talent in their squad.

  • SmooDiver on March 31, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    I disagree. This is one of the strongest squads NZ have ever sent to a world cup and they are definitely a genuine chance. McCullum and Ryder are dynamite at the top and will always score quickly. Guptill and Taylor are world class and both can adapt to any situation. Then the likes of Styris and Hopkins are adept at latter over hitting. You can count Oram out of the batsman, he's obviously been attending the Chris Martin school for batting the last 2 years graduating with distinction. With the bowling you have the pace of Bond (he can still clock 150 in short spells) and the brilliant death bowling of Southee. Along with Vettori who is one of the best t20 bowlers in the world it is a very good looking attack. Add to that NZ are arguably the best fielding and catching unit in the world. It's all looking good. I just hope they don't choke.

  • on March 31, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    i cant understand ,why there is no lou vincent??? he was the best odi player 5 years back in newzealand team along with flemming and company.

  • Anil_Koshy on March 31, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    NewZealand will T20 world cup unless there is any injury scare to top players like McCullum, Ryder, Oram and Taylor.

  • on March 31, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    1. McCullum 2. Ryder 3. Guptill 4. Taylor 5. Styris 6. Oram 7. Hopkins 8. Vettori 9. N McCullum 10. Mills 11. Bond.... Now that is a side capable of winning the T20 world cup. Batting all the way down to number 10, and 7 bowlers 2 fast, 2 spin, 3 mediums .. If only McCullum would choose to wicketkeep again then we could bring in one more bowler like Southee who is expert at the death. Sri Lanka have a poor T20 team, only Malinga is world class. We should do very well against them, and get through to next stage easily

  • on March 31, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    The NewZealand team of the 90 s was the best !! They have lost the sting after Fleming retired !! I miss that squad !

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  • on March 31, 2010, 3:18 GMT

    The NewZealand team of the 90 s was the best !! They have lost the sting after Fleming retired !! I miss that squad !

  • on March 31, 2010, 3:24 GMT

    1. McCullum 2. Ryder 3. Guptill 4. Taylor 5. Styris 6. Oram 7. Hopkins 8. Vettori 9. N McCullum 10. Mills 11. Bond.... Now that is a side capable of winning the T20 world cup. Batting all the way down to number 10, and 7 bowlers 2 fast, 2 spin, 3 mediums .. If only McCullum would choose to wicketkeep again then we could bring in one more bowler like Southee who is expert at the death. Sri Lanka have a poor T20 team, only Malinga is world class. We should do very well against them, and get through to next stage easily

  • Anil_Koshy on March 31, 2010, 3:37 GMT

    NewZealand will T20 world cup unless there is any injury scare to top players like McCullum, Ryder, Oram and Taylor.

  • on March 31, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    i cant understand ,why there is no lou vincent??? he was the best odi player 5 years back in newzealand team along with flemming and company.

  • SmooDiver on March 31, 2010, 4:08 GMT

    I disagree. This is one of the strongest squads NZ have ever sent to a world cup and they are definitely a genuine chance. McCullum and Ryder are dynamite at the top and will always score quickly. Guptill and Taylor are world class and both can adapt to any situation. Then the likes of Styris and Hopkins are adept at latter over hitting. You can count Oram out of the batsman, he's obviously been attending the Chris Martin school for batting the last 2 years graduating with distinction. With the bowling you have the pace of Bond (he can still clock 150 in short spells) and the brilliant death bowling of Southee. Along with Vettori who is one of the best t20 bowlers in the world it is a very good looking attack. Add to that NZ are arguably the best fielding and catching unit in the world. It's all looking good. I just hope they don't choke.

  • Gupta.Ankur on March 31, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    Kiwis have no hope of winning any tournament,they have no talent in their squad.

  • L.Pearce on March 31, 2010, 4:48 GMT

    yeah NZ not much to say really apart from try to stay fit and pick the right players available to you. the squad is good but the cover players are very questionable.

  • on March 31, 2010, 5:31 GMT

    Andy McKay needed to be included for the extra pace. Looks like quite a strong squad though

  • Bigtimmy on March 31, 2010, 5:33 GMT

    how funny is it that our 20/20 squad is better then are test match squad

  • NikhilPapad3 on March 31, 2010, 5:38 GMT

    I think they are missing an explosive middle order, after taylor nz are a lilttle thin, jacob oram hasnt perfrmed in a while and neil broom is out which is a shame also, I do like the mix and experience of the bowling attack though, especially with dan, bondy and maybe mills if hes fit again, our bowlng will be pretty good. I think aussie will be the ones to beat in the tournament.