Ish Sodhi the standout yet again, much like last season with the white ball.
25 runs and 3 wickets in a t20, not bad.
NZ had that game won, still cant believe the slide, forget how many runs but the middle essentially gone for not many. Still, considering the players not in the team, if the middle was bolstered, good to know we competitive with Eng.
Really need to take the pressure off Jamo as his batting is now being impacted, hes a far better batsman than this, in fact he was an opener. Dont want to see him go the way of Southee, even though he has more batting talent than Southee had, southee was a real all rounder at the start of his career.
NZ selections over Munro have come to haunt us imo, Id have Munro and Guptill opening if he was in the squad, if not Finn Allen, one of the two needed to be picked. Showing a real lack of batting ability with preference for very average all rounders. Given both Phillips and Williamson are as good a spinners as Santner, I do not see why the need for Astle to take a slot in the 16 man squad.... just my 2c.
Clearly 8 bowlers is too many all rounders. It will be between Santner and Astle for the big games, not sure which way they will go but based on this non event Id errr on the side of history and go with Santner's accuracy even if somewhat predictable, he can get it in the slot consistently I'd slide Jamieson up to 7 and have the Nesham come in after him. Tough choice between Boult and Lockie, Im going Fergusson who was up there with Sodhi last season before injury and rotate southee and boult
Tough group, Pak and Ind, but I think if we are good enough we should be able to beat one of them with our best team.
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Middle order not doing too well. I’m glad Guptill has been doing well in the 2 warm up games so far. It would have been nice to have Munro in the playing 11, think he could have help the Blackcaps win a world cup.
This is the playing XI I want:
6. Siefert (wk)
Depending on the situation Conway and Mitchell can be switched around.
As much as I want to pick Jamieson he has not been doing too well since the IPL in both India and the UAE and could be a big risk to select him in the team as he has been leaking a lot of runs in the T20 games so far in India and UAE so that’s why I have Neesham instead.
I think it’s better for Siefert to be the wicketkeeper and bat at No 6 so Conway can focus on his batting as he hasn’t played much in sub continent conditions.
Since Boult is a left arm fast bowler he is an automatic selection in the team so it would be a battle between Ferguson/Southee/Milne for the Right arm fast bowler position. My money is on Ferguson but if they think a fast medium bowler is better for the conditions then pick Southee.