World Twenty20 2010 March 31, 2010

New Zealand cover all bases for World Twenty20

Cricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • baskaran 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.

  • Varun 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.

  • Minhaj 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.

  • khurram 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

  • Raj 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 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.

  • khurram 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

  • Sathish 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.

  • Navi 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!

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