India vs New Zealand series starts on Wednesday. They play a 5 match ODI series and this series being so close to the World Cup both teams will try to weed out the issues with the team composition. We covered India’s issues in the previous article, we are covering New Zealand’s issues in this article.
Back up Wicket Keeper:
Tom Latham was rested during the recent three-match ODI series against SriLanka but it is no doubt that he remains the number one choice for the wicketkeeping role. Tim Seifert who played as a wicketkeeper did not do his chances a world of good by not making any significant contribution with the bat. The team management might now be thinking on the lines of Henry Nicholls as the reserve wicketkeeper. He seems to be the front runner for the flight to England as back up to Latham given his recent exploits with the bat.
Spinning or Seam all-rounder:
New Zealand are sure to play three seamers in the world cup. The question they would be facing is to whether play Mitch Santner or Colin de Grandhomme as the all-rounder. Ish Sodhi is the spinner in the XI. Going by the seaming conditions that you generally get in England de Grandhomme seems to be a natural choice but Santner with his left arm spin will be the variety that you need in a line up with three pacers already.
James Neesham made a stunning comeback against Srilanka after being on the sidelines with injury. He shone with ball and bat and provided much-needed balance to the team. Neesham is again injured and will miss the series against India. Mitchell Santner is also the same case, he is making a comeback from the injury whereas the other spinner Todd Astle is also going to miss the series against India due to an injury to his knee. Williamson may not be able to test all his players due to this scenario and this series against India was his best chance as India’s top three are the best in the world and there is not a better batting line up than India’s to test your bowling against.