New Zealand tour of India 2017

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  1. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Fixtures -

    Tue Oct 17 (50 ovs) 09:00 local (03:30 GMT | 04:30 BST)
    TBC v New Zealanders Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai LIVE

    Thu Oct 19 (50 ovs) 09:00 local (03:30 GMT | 04:30 BST)
    TBC v New Zealanders Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai LIVE

    Sun Oct 22 (50 ovs) 13:30 local (08:00 GMT | 09:00 BST)
    1st ODI - India v New Zealand Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai LIVE D/N

    Wed Oct 25 (50 ovs) 13:30 local (08:00 GMT | 09:00 BST)
    2nd ODI - India v New Zealand Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune LIVE D/N

    Sun Oct 29 (50 ovs) (08:00 GMT)
    3rd ODI - India v New Zealand Venue TBC LIVE D/N

    Wed Nov 1 (20 ovs) 19:00 local (13:30 GMT)
    1st T20I - India v New Zealand Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi LIVE N

    Sat Nov 4 (20 ovs) 19:00 local (13:30 GMT)
    2nd T20I - India v New Zealand Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot LIVE N

    Tue Nov 7 (20 ovs) 19:00 local (13:30 GMT)
    3rd T20I - India v New Zealand Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram LIVE N
  2. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Neesham, Broom left out for India ODIs

    Allrounder James Neesham and batsman Neil Broom will not be a part of the New Zealand side for the upcoming limited-overs tour of India in October. The pair were left out of the initial squad of nine announced by coach Mike Hesson on Sunday. Six players will be picked from the New Zealand A squad currently touring India.

    second-highest wicket-taker with 14 dismissals, while accumulating 203 runs.

    "Jimmy needs go back and really dominate domestic cricket with both bat and ball. We know Jimmy is a talented player, but we've spoken with him around improving the consistency in all areas of his game."

    Hesson said that with New Zealand A playing in India, it made sense to pick a squad in parts, and believed the open places would spur competition among the A squad. The trial for the wicketkeeper's slot is already underway - New Zealand A have taken three wicketkeepers, Tom Blundell, Glenn Phillips and Tim Seifert, on the India tour and Tom Latham has returned early from county duties with Durham to undertake specialist wicket-keeping training.

    "The nine we've picked have made up the core of our ODI team for a while and all of them have experience playing in India," said Hesson.

    "With a number of our top guys already playing in India, it's helpful to be able to select the squad in two parts. With six spots left, there's an obvious incentive for the players in New Zealand A to perform and put their best foot forward."

    The series against India gets underway next month, with the first ODI in Mumbai on October 22, while the T20I series will be played between November 1 and 7. The team is set to depart for India on October 12.
  3. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    New Zealand must adapt quickly in India to avoid 'harsh lesson', warns coach Mike Hesson

    New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said his players need to hit the ground running in India if they want to challenge the world's top-ranked one-day international team on their home turf.

    New Zealand, rated fifth in the world, play the first of three ODIs against India in Mumbai on October 22. India once again proved how formidable they are at home with a 4-1 ODI series win over Australia.

    "Look, their record at home has been phenomenal in the last two or three years," Hesson told reporters as the team departed New Zealand.

    "You know going over there that you have to perform, otherwise you get taught a pretty harsh lesson. It's important for us to adapt really quickly."

    Hesson travels to India with a core of nine players, including captain Kane Williamson and batting stalwarts Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor. He will pick a further six players from the New Zealand A side currently touring India.

    "The beauty of an A tour means we've already got people in India, adapting to conditions, so when they come in they should be as familiar as they're going to be," he said.

    Hesson said India presented unique challenges to touring players.

    Coach Mike Hesson and batsman Tom Latham check in at @CHC_Airport as they prepare to fly as the first contingent to India #INDvNZ #whiteball

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    "Obviously there's the dew factor, the conditions are all very different depending on the grounds you go to," he said. "We're going to rely a lot of the experience of our senior players."

    He confirmed one-time opener Tom Latham would be moved down the order and handed wicketkeeping duties as New Zealand look for more firepower at the top.

    "It would be fair to say Martin (Guptill) and Tom, although they have had some really good performances individually, haven't really clicked at the top and certainly haven't generated a strike-rate as a pair that we'd like."

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    Apr 26, 2011
    Another boring and one sided series.

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  5. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Latham to work on wicketkeeping ahead of India tour

    Tom Latham swipes the ball over midwicket Getty Images/Sportsfile

    Tom Latham will undertake specialist wicketkeeping training ahead of New Zealand's limited-overs tour of India with a vacancy to be filled following Luke Ronchi's retirement after the Champions Trophy.

    New Zealand's squads for ODIs and T20s in India, which start next month, are due to be named shortly, with the likelihood a few names will be added after the New Zealand A tour of India which has just started, and Latham has been pulled out of the final week of his deal with Durham so he can return home to prepare for trip.

    That indicates he remains an option to replace Ronchi in the 50-over side having had the gloves for a period during New Zealand's last home season. However, the runs dried up for him - he made scores of 7, 0, 0, 2 and 0 while keeping - and he was dropped during the series against South Africa with Ronchi returning.

    Latham recaptured his form, without the keeping gloves but as stand-in captain, during the tri-series in Ireland with scores of 54, 104 and 84 at the top of the order, but Ronchi was preferred as Martin Guptill's opening partner in the Champions Trophy as New Zealand aimed to balance their side. Latham was also troubled by a stress fracture of his foot.

    Ronchi's retirement means there is now a vacancy behind the stumps and opening the batting, a role Latham could fulfil if the selectors are confident he can manage the workload, especially in the demanding conditions he will face in India. Overall, Latham averages 32.48 in ODIs with three centuries - one apiece against Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Ireland.

    There is currently something of a wicketkeeping trial being undertaken on the New Zealand A tour with that squad including three glovemen: Tom Blundell and Glenn Phillips, who have both had a brief taste of New Zealand's T20 side and the uncapped Tim Seifert. Blundell or Phillips, who played as a batsman on his T20 debut against South Africa, are favoured to get the job for the T20Is against India. New Zealand then have at least 10 T20Is during their season, with three-match series against West Indies and Pakistan plus the tri-series involving Australia and England.

    "I'll let my performance do the talking and if I'm good enough, I'm good enough," Blundell told "I get on pretty well with them both. They're both really good blokes so if one of them gets the nod, I'll be happy for them."

    Latham played the last of his 12 T20Is in 2015 so would not appear to be in the mix for that squad. He did play five matches in the NatWest Blast during his Durham stint, scoring 139 runs at a strike-rate 139.00.

    In four County Championship appearances - the start of his Durham season was delayed by the stress fracture - he scored 382 runs at 63.66 including two centuries, one of which came on his debut.

    He is set to return to Durham next year when international commitments allow and currently New Zealand's schedule during the 2018 English season is quiet.

    "Tom has made a fantastic contribution on and off the field during his time here at Durham," said Durham head coach Jon Lewis. "His performances with the bat have been excellent and he is a big influence in the dressing room. Myself and the players are delighted that he will be returning for the entire 2018 campaign".

    The club added: "The 25-year-old will now undergo training and specialist keeping work ahead of New Zealand's limited-over matches in India next month. As a consequence, he will miss Durham's final Specsavers County Championship match at Worcestershire next week."
  6. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    New Zealand prepare to launch Latham in new role

    Tom Latham lobs the ball to a team-mate Getty Images

    Who will keep for New Zealand on the limited-overs tour of India, following Luke Ronchi's retirement? Early indications are it will be Tom Latham, who has kept wicket in his ODI career of 58 matches eight times. That's not all: more change is in store for the left-hand batsman, as he will swap his opener's slot - where he has batted in 37 ODIs, New Zealand's regular opener with Martin Guptill since mid-2015 - for a spot in the middle order. This, according to coach Mike Hesson, would partly be because of his ability to bat against spin, which New Zealand expect plenty of in India, especially in the middle overs.

    Signs of change for Latham began early this year, when he was asked to keep at home against Australia and South Africa for the first time in international cricket since 2013. However, in those five ODIs, he made 7, 0, 0, 2, 0 as opener, and was subsequently dropped for the remainder of the South Africa series. He returned when New Zealand toured Ireland in May, and freed up of his keeping duties, plundered 54, 104 and 84. However, he did not get a game in the Champions Trophy that followed, with Ronchi being made to open with Guptill. With Ronchi now out of the picture though, Latham is back in it.

    Hesson, in his press conference before departing for India, where his team will play three ODIs and three T20s, said: "Tom Latham is very much a possibility. We've got three others on the New Zealand A tour [of India] currently - we have people over there having a real close eye on that."

    Among the three keepers on trial with the A team are Tom Blundell, Glenn Phillips and Tim Seifert. While Phillips has not kept in any of the three one-dayers played against India A so far, his unbeaten 140 in the second game would give him a clear edge over the other two.

    Hesson hinted that Phillips was definitely on the radar, but Latham still held the edge: "Glenn's certainly a wicketkeeper, he has kept for New Zealand Under-19s, he has kept for Auckland in all formats, he played for us in the T20 against South Africa [in February. A very good batsman in his own right and also a developing keeper.

    "Tom's still the most experienced of those keepers, the other three are still developing. But we've got some good intel on the ground coming in, and we'll make a decision on that in the next few days."

    Another reason why New Zealand are looking at a middle-order slot for Latham, Hesson said, was the need to get off to brisk starts in India before the spinners came on - Latham's strike rate in ODI cricket is 80.31. Colin Munro, Hesson said, would be a good option at the top. "We need to generate a strike rate at the top. Martin and Tom, although they've had some really good performances at the top individually, they haven't generated the strike rate as a pair we would like, so we're certainly looking at other options there.

    "We're looking at the two guys who are doing it at the moment [with the A team], Colin Munro and George Worker - guys who have the ability to create a strike rate at the top of the order. The beauty of Colin is he is a boundary hitter. He doesn't so much adapt to conditions, he plays one way - batting in the middle order can make that difficult, and he has had success since we moved him up in T20s "

    Meanwhile, Latham's skills against the slow bowlers could come into play in the middle, Hesson said. "I think starting against spinners is going to be difficult. So that middle order, when the ball is a bit older, it starts to grip, it starts to bounce, it brings in a few more variables, that certainly is the hardest part.

    "Tom is pushing his case as someone who can keep and bat in the middle. Certainly his ability against spin will be critical for that. Tom was probably our best performing batsman 12 months ago in India, in those spin-friendly conditions."

    Latham said he was ready for the move, and did not see a need to do anything different in the way he batted to deal with it - the difference, he said, would have to be in his mind. "It is a bit more tactics involved in terms of pacing an innings and trying to see it through to the end. Every situation you come in is slightly different. It's more a mental shift as opposed to a technical one, and it's more tactical. It's about being adaptable. I don't mind playing spin too much either. I'm looking forward to it."
  7. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Thakur, Karthik back in India squad for New Zealand ODIs

    Shardul Thakur and Dinesh Karthik have made their way back into the ODI squad for the three matches against New Zealand starting October 22 in Mumbai. Shikhar Dhawan, who had sought leave for the Australia ODIs to be with his ill wife, also returned to the 15-man squad.

    KL Rahul, who was in the squad for the ODIs against Australia, was left out. India's frontline spinners in Tests - R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja - were also not part of the squad which meant the spin trio of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel was retained. Jadeja had earlier been named a replacement for Axar, who had sprained his left ankle, for the first three ODIs against Australia but could not find a place in the XI given the performances of Kuldeep and Chahal, before Axar returned for the last two ODIs.

    In the pace department, Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami were left out from the squad after both of them played only the fourth ODI against Australia in Bengaluru. While Umesh picked four wickets for 71, Shami went wicketless and conceded at more than six runs per over as Australia amassed 334 runs. Their omission means Thakur joins Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar among the quicks.

    Karthik's selection, according to a BCCI official, was a reward for his consistent performances lately. In his most recent international games - a T20I and an ODI against West Indies in July - he scored 48 and 50* respectively. Karthik also finished with the second-highest aggregate in the Duleep Trophy behind Priyank Panchal, with 291 runs at an average of 72.75, including two centuries. Karthik is currently a part of the Tamil Nadu side that is playing Tripura in the Ranji Trophy.

    With Rishabh Pant not among the runs recently - he had an underwhelming series with the India A team in South Africa and didn't exactly set the stage ablaze in the Duleep Trophy - Karthik has jumped ahead of him in the queue. In fact, Karthik, who plays as a specialist middle-order batsman for India in limited-overs cricket, was also preferred to Rahul, who didn't get a game against Australia after a poor tour of Sri Lanka.

    "Karthik's inclusion is a reward for the runs he has been scoring," the official told ESPNcricinfo. "There is no particular reason [behind Rahul's omission] because Ajinkya [Rahane] has done well as an opener. He (Rahul) will play Board President's XI or the Ranji Trophy. What's the point in him just being in the squad and not playing? We will see how it goes [as far as his batting position is concerned]. Because, as of now, this is the best combination.

    "We are trying to rotate everybody. We are open to different combinations and options. DK instead of Rahul in the middle order is also a part of the process."

    The official also said Pant would be better equipped to succeed once he found some form with the bat. "When somebody comes into the team, if he comes with a lot of runs, he will come with better confidence and will have a better chance of doing well," he said.

    Thakur's selection, too, appears to be a part of the selectors' rotation policy. After having been a part of the India squad on a few occasions, Thakur made his international debut during the five-match ODI series against Sri Lanka in August. While he picked up only one wicket from two games, he bowled well for the most part and didn't do much wrong. Thakur also picked up six wickets from the two four-day matches he played against New Zealand A and finished with two wickets in the 50-overs leg.

    Meanwhile, an ODI call-up continues to elude Shreyas Iyer despite his impressive run of form. While he racked up scores of 140*, 90 and 37 in his most recent List A games against South Africa A and New Zealand A, he has also scored two fifties and a century in his last four first-class innings against the same opponents. With several middle-order contenders like Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav and Karthik, Iyer might have to wait a little longer.

    Squad Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.
  8. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Flexibility and adaptability key to succeed in India - Williamson

    A flexible approach to negate the challenges thrown by different pitches and conditions will remain crucial to New Zealand's success during their upcoming limited-overs tour of India. Such tactical fluidity, according to captain Kane Williamson, was the major takeaway for his team from the 3-2 defeat in the ODI series against India last year.

    While the general perception is that a limited-overs series in India invariably features good batting surfaces, a 300-plus total hasn't always been a given. In fact, the recent five ODIs against Australia saw only one game that produced totals in excess of 300. Also, New Zealand's tour of India last year didn't produce even one such game. Williamson pointed to the varied nature of surfaces across India, and said it was hard to predict what each venue would offer. He felt the two practice games ahead of the first ODI on October 22 would not only help the team come to grips with the pitches but also the climate.

    "The thing with the wickets over here is they vary so much within the country," Williamson told reporters in Mumbai on Sunday. "So, when you say you come into India to play, you are required to adapt. From ground to ground you are never quite sure of the surface that you are going to get.

    "Yeah, naturally spin in this part of the world is always a key factor, one that you know you have to come up against majority of the overs. But, I think coming over here, you play on some very, very good surfaces and you play on some of the more challenging [ones which] spin a lot more. In our last series, we saw glimpses of a variety of surfaces where, at times, we have seen the winning score being 250. Being flexible with your approach, I think, is very important. In our last series, there were those mid-200 scores, you had dew factor, you had a number of things that came into it. So, it is important that you have flexibility, adapt well. I think that's very important when you are coming over here playing any format.

    "I guess part of the adapting is the conditions and the surface but also the climate that you are in. So, it is nice to be here a few days early and get guys used to the heat and the humidity. Like I said, a number of guys have had experiences over here which is always helpful, but saying that we still want to prepare well."

    During their visit last year, New Zealand were severely hurt by the legspin of Amit Mishra, who finished with 15 wickets from the five ODIs. This time they are confronted with a pair of wristspinners - Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal - both in fine wicket-taking form. Coach Mike Hesson said while each individual had a different method of tackling the spinners, it was important to not sweat over the "mystery" element.

    "You know a number of players have faced Kuldeep during the IPL," Hesson said. "Some have played [in] the same team, so there is enough information-sharing going out there. But, it's very much an individual thing. Some guys watch the hand, some guys look at the wrist, some guys read off the pitch, some guys see it in the air. Everybody is a little bit different, so I don't think it's one-size-fits-all.

    "We do know that wristspinners also provide scoring opportunities, so we have got to make sure that we aren't necessarily jumping at shadows and we are actually playing the ball rather than thinking of them as too much of a mystery spinner."

    New Zealand recently added six members to their squad - Glenn Phillips, Todd Astle, Colin Munro, Matt Henry, George Worker and Henry Nicholls - from the A team that played against India A recently. Even as the results didn't go their way - New Zealand A lost both the unofficial Test series and the limited-overs fixtures - Williamson acknowledged that the exposure was "fantastic".

    "It's nice for guys to get that exposure and most of those guys haven't experienced this part of the world before, so it is a very important part of our High Performance where we are getting guys with a wider squad exposure to different conditions, different levels of cricket which we are starting to see now. The results haven't been what we would have liked, you always want to do better. But, it's a great place to start," he said.

    "Obviously, [this is] a short tour and we have had some time off which has been nice. The guys are here about 12 days earlier before our first ODI which is great for our preparation coming into it. And, the guys are excited as well to get into this series. India have been playing plenty of cricket, and I have been following the Australian series fairly closely and it has been a good competition. It's important for us to not take too much baggage from historical results and obviously get up for the challenge. It's going to be a tough challenge, but one the guys are looking forward to."

    New Zealand will play the three ODIs in Mumbai, Pune and Kanpur followed by a three-match T20I series in Delhi, Rajkot and Thiruvananthapuram.
  9. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Matt Henry a valuable asset for the Kiwis

    From October 22, New Zealand will battle it out against India once again in ODIs after a year. The last time the Kiwis came to India for a bilateral ODI series, they played 5 matches but this time they will be playing only 3 games. They did lose the series by 2-3 but gave some fight and kept the contest alive till the last match unlike previous one-sided series’ in India.

    This will be New Zealand’s first 3-ODI series against India in India. And in such series’ they have a good chance of winning a series for the first time in India. They have some quality bowlers in Tim Southee and Trent Boult but that won’t be enough for the Kiwis.

    Boult has been always brilliant with the leather while Southee has been a bit shaky this year. But what they do have in their favour apart from these pacers is Matt Henry, who clocks over 140 kmph consistently and has been the 2nd most successful bowler for New Zealand in ODIs since his debut.

    The interesting part is that he made his ODI debut against India and registered third best figures for a New Zealand debutant. He likes to bowl fuller length and with good pace, can give some a taste of some sweet chin music to the batsmen.

    Since his ODI debut, Henry has picked 61 wickets from only 32 matches at an impressive average of 25.26 with the strike-rate of 26.9. Although his economy rate is on the higher side (5.62) as compared to other pacers who have taken 50 or more wickets since his debut, it’s the wickets that matters the most.

    Apart from Kagiso Rabada, all the other bowlers in the list were experienced. Rabada is the only one to have made his debut after Henry in 2015. Moreover, in this span, Henry has scalped six 4-wicket hauls, which include two 5-fors as well.

    It is not just about taking wickets but it is also about taking important ones, which are mostly opponent’s top-order. And Henry has done that on a consistent basis. Out of his 61 ODI wickets so far, 40 of them are of opposition's top 4 batsmen, including 22 openers.

    Another interesting part of Henry’s wickets is his ability to dismiss the batsmen early in the innings. 36 out of 61 wickets have come when batsmen scores are between 0 to 19, including 11 ducks.


    All these numbers look impressive for Henry but he does not have enough experience of playing in India or in the subcontinent. But whenever he has played in these conditions, Henry has mostly proved his worth to the side.

    Henry has played a total of 6 ODIs in Asia — 4 against Pakistan in UAE in 2014 and 2 against India last year. He had an impressive series against Pakistan in UAE, where he grabbed 13 wickets at 16.63. But it has been nearly three years since then.

    Coming to his performances in India from his two ODIs, he picked only 3 wickets with a decent enough economy of 5.53. All these numbers favour him in subcontinent conditions, where team heavily rely on spinners.

    But not to forget that visiting teams have often failed while going in with spinners instead of relying on their potential pacers. The main reason behind foreign spinners not doing well in India is that they are not up to the standard of Indian conditions and in such cases, teams should bank on pacers instead of playing with unnecessary spinners.


    The main pacers will be Boult and Southee but Henry is the bowler who New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson can bank on besides the two spearheads. However, Henry’s recent performances in List A cricket is a topic of worry for the Kiwis.

    In the recently concluded unofficial One-Day series between India A and New Zealand A, Henry could pick up just one wicket from 3 matches. Moreover, he was also hit for three consecutive sixes in an over by Shardul Thakur in the final match of the series

    But these setbacks may act as a blessing in disguise for Henry. It is the experience which matters most and Henry has already got it by playing 'A' matches. However, only time will tell whether Henry lives up to the expectation and or fails to deliver.
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  11. chandtara

    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
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    chandtara Mr Cricistan

    Jun 18, 2011
    Sodhi replaces injured Astle in New Zealand squad

    A groin strain has ruled Todd Astle out of New Zealand's squad for their ODI and T20I tour of India. Fellow legspinner Ish Sodhi, who was initially only named in the T20I squad, will replace Astle in the ODI squad.

    Astle suffered the injury during the New Zealanders' tour game against Board President's XI at the Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday, walking off the field after bowling just three balls. According to an NZC release, a scan confirmed Astle had suffered a tear to his right side, which would rule him out for around three weeks.

    The ODI series begins on Sunday at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

    ODI squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, George Worker.

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