Black Caps 2019 Cricket World Cup Squad



  • @Gunner said in Black Caps 2019 Cricket World Cup Squad:

    CdG and Santner are locked in.

    CdG may be locked in - but he shouldn't be.

    Given the balance of the team, if selected he would be one of five frontline bowlers plus Kane. The guy averages 50 with the ball in ODI and when you look at his record Kane rarely has the confidence to go back to him for a second (let a lone third) spell with him if he takes tap early (which is often).

    His batting record is what it is - only 18 innings and it's a different role every game. With one fifty though hardly undroppable.



  • @MN5 said in Black Caps 2019 Cricket World Cup Squad:

    One decent score in how many fucken attempts and Bracewell is an all rounder? I guess Southee and Boult are too?

    The ability to hold his bat should help his case a bit - but Braces should be primarily under consideration as a bowler.



  • @MN5 said in [Black Caps 2019 Cricket World

    One decent score in how many fucken attempts and Bracewell is an all rounder? I guess Southee and Boult are too?

    The selectors clearly do by batting him at 7



  • From what I've heard he has markedly improved with the bat in the past two seasons. He looked very good last night, certainly made a strong claim for a spot



  • I'd want to see more from Bracewell with both disciplines but especially batting. Handy last night but that was just one performance. He's still very much a bowler who bats a bit for me, which would have him competing with Southee and Henry for a spot. Although as someone pointed out, CDG shouldnt be a shoe-in either.



  • Agree with Shark's original post, that will be close to the squad announced for the tournament. It's going to be a meat grinder this CWC as there's no pool play, just play the other nine teams once and the top four go through to the semi-finals.

    I posted my squad of 15 in the Sri Lankan thread and I'm still going with Guptill, Nicholls, Williamson, Taylor, Latham (wk), Neesham, CdG, Santner, Henry, Southee and Boult as my starting 11. My four reserves are probably right now Sodhi, Munro, Bracewell, Ferguson. No need for a backup wicketkeeper in this tournament format, Latham you're starting every game mate.

    Our batting top 6 is just as good as any other top 6 so it all depends on our bowlers and the type of wicket offered up by England (I've heard spin will be the flavour, but always thought English wickets favour swing which is good for us).

    Regarding Guptill's opening partner I would like to see Nicholls tried there as he's had success opening for Canterbury. Latham would be the obvious choice but people forget his horror run in 2016/2017(?) when he was opener and wicketkeeper. He's a lock batting at number 5 imo.
    Munro just isn't a McCullum opening batsman, more a Luke Ronchi lower order pinchhitter. So if he makes the team it should be coming in at 7/8.



  • @Sneakdefreak said in Black Caps 2019 Cricket World Cup Squad:

    Agree with Shark's original post, that will be close to the squad announced for the tournament. It's going to be a meat grinder this CWC as there's no pool play, just play the other nine teams once and the top four go through to the semi-finals.

    I posted my squad of 15 in the Sri Lankan thread and I'm still going with Guptill, Nicholls, Williamson, Taylor, Latham (wk), Neesham, CdG, Santner, Henry, Southee and Boult as my starting 11. My four reserves are probably right now Sodhi, Munro, Bracewell, Ferguson. No need for a backup wicketkeeper in this tournament format, Latham you're starting every game mate.

    Our batting top 6 is just as good as any other top 6 so it all depends on our bowlers and the type of wicket offered up by England (I've heard spin will be the flavour, but always thought English wickets favour swing which is good for us).

    Regarding Guptill's opening partner I would like to see Nicholls tried there as he's had success opening for Canterbury. Latham would be the obvious choice but people forget his horror run in 2016/2017(?) when he was opener and wicketkeeper. He's a lock batting at number 5 imo.
    Munro just isn't a McCullum opening batsman, more a Luke Ronchi lower order pinchhitter. So if he makes the team it should be coming in at 7/8.

    The problem with no back up wicket keeper is if Latham gets injured for a match, you have Nicholls keeping and, in this format, every game counts.



  • Nicholls run of awesomeness has surprised and pleased me in equal measure but having him open all of a sudden instead of keeping him happy and comfortable at 5 is potentially very damaging.



  • @hydro11 In my squad Seifert isn't in the final 15 but he is coincidentally in England on a two-month holiday during the CWC.



  • @Sneakdefreak said in Black Caps 2019 Cricket World Cup Squad:

    @hydro11 In my squad Seifert isn't in the final 15 but he is coincidentally in England on a two-month holiday during the CWC.

    Sure but if Latham gets injured for one game, that means he misses the rest of the tournament. We could easily be in a situation where we need to win our final game to advance to the semis.

    In your squad we have two back up quicks. I can't see the circumstances where Bracewell plays. I think you would need two injuries



  • Don't worry the squad is all sorted.

    Certainly doesn't take much to be an all rounder these days.

    I'm assuming since this team doesn't need a keeper that there'll be a fielder on the boundary?



  • @MN5 didn't we do that for nearly 20 years through the 90s and 00s?



  • @mariner4life said in Black Caps 2019 Cricket World Cup Squad:

    @MN5 didn't we do that for nearly 20 years through the 90s and 00s?

    Well yes but they weren't all Cairnsies and Orams....there were a few Justin Vaughans too ( shudders )



  • If Kane and Roscoe have taught NZ cricket anything it is the need for 'proper' cricketers to be in the batting lineup for ODIs.
    Someone always needs to try and pull us out of the shit at some point in the match.



  • I would kind of prefer if we shelved the term ''all-rounder" in NZ or at least prefaced it in every case with "batting all-rounder" or "bowling all-rounder". At least it would force selectors/commentators/pundits to put one aspect of their game under the microscope.

    In the 90's we had that - save for perhaps Harris and Cairns briefly in ~99-02. Now we've started this dangerous trend since the second coming of James Franklin where an all rounder is someone who can score 35 batting at 8 and bowl 4 overs in an ODI.

    If the time comes where someone is a true all-rounder we will know about it.



  • @rotated said in Black Caps 2019 Cricket World Cup Squad:

    I would kind of prefer if we shelved the term ''all-rounder" in NZ or at least prefaced it in every case with "batting all-rounder" or "bowling all-rounder". At least it would force selectors/commentators/pundits to put one aspect of their game under the microscope.

    In the 90's we had that - save for perhaps Harris and Cairns briefly in ~99-02. Now we've started this dangerous trend since the second coming of James Franklin where an all rounder is someone who can score 35 batting at 8 and bowl 4 overs in an ODI.

    If the time comes where someone is a true all-rounder we will know about it.

    I'd class big Jake Oram a true all rounder although his batting fell away a bit.

    Doug Bracewell suddenly falling into the Sobers/Kallis bracket on the back of finally getting one good score is an absolute joke. Goes the other way too with batsmen who could trundle down a few semi decent overs like McMillan/Astle/Styris....( actually the latter was pretty damn handy )



  • Basically every all-rounder in the history of the game has been strong in one department and weaker in the other. Hadlee was a bowling all-rounder, Sobers and Kallis batting all-rounders. We've never had anyone with a 50+ batting average and a low 20s bowling average where you could not put a qualifier in front.

    I do take the point though, using the term all-rounder can be a bit of a stretch for a lot of players. Bracewell is a bowler that can hit the ball, to be classed as an all-rounder he'd need to at least bat in the top 7 which would obviously be too high for him.



  • @No-Quarter said in Black Caps 2019 Cricket World Cup Squad:

    Basically every all-rounder in the history of the game has been strong in one department and weaker in the other. Hadlee was a bowling all-rounder, Sobers and Kallis batting all-rounders. We've never had anyone with a 50+ batting average and a low 20s bowling average where you could not put a qualifier in front.

    I do take the point though, using the term all-rounder can be a bit of a stretch for a lot of players. Bracewell is a bowler that can hit the ball, to be classed as an all-rounder he'd need to at least bat in the top 7 which would obviously be too high for him.

    All of Hadlees contemporaries were bowling all rounders too.

    I've got really happy memories of Bracewells efforts in Hobart so will always admire him but he was batting ahead of Southee, Boult and Sodhi in one test if I recall and all of them have actually scored a 50 at test level !



  • @No-Quarter said in Black Caps 2019 Cricket World Cup Squad:

    I do take the point though, using the term all-rounder can be a bit of a stretch for a lot of players. Bracewell is a bowler that can hit the ball, to be classed as an all-rounder he'd need to at least bat in the top 7 which would obviously be too high for him.

    Selected with the expectation of batting in the Top 7 (without massive concerns) is a good cut-off. The bowling equivalent would be selected as one of the top four bowlers. Players picked as bona-fide all rounders post mid-80s.

    Tests: Vettori, Hadlee, Cairns, Oram , Thomson.
    ODI: Harris, Cairns, Oram, Styris, Santner, Thomson, Hadlee (for his time).

    There is an argument for Dipak in the test arena, he was the kind of player who batted better the more responsibility he was given to the point where he batted at first-drop for Auckland regularly. Quick look says he batted in the top 7 over half his career (35 of 60 innings) for an average of 27. Those stats, as well as the lack of a hundred indicate more of a good 8 who had to bat up the order because we were so terrible through that stretch.

    In ODIs there are a bunch of "maybe a 7, but really an 8" with Vettori, Franklin and probably Hadlee at the top of that class.



  • @No-Quarter Botham is harder than most to categorize. Look at those stats after seven games.

    I'd say slightly better bowler than batsman who became a slightly better batsman than bowler - but, he basically got worse at both disciplines as time went on.

    http://stats.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/player/9163.html?class=1;template=results;type=allround;view=cumulative