New Zealand ring in the changes as Bruce and Wheeler make it into T20I side
Updated - Dec 26, 2016 5:42 am
With New Zealand keeping one eye on their future as well as opting to rest a few players given the massive amount of cricket they will be playing in the near future, the reinforcements have been rung into the side in the form of Ben Wheeler and Tom Bruce.
Gavin Larsen has also gone on to state that he has been one of the most important aspects of Tom Bruce and Ben Wheeler have been the way that he strikes the ball. In addition, Larsen also added that the Kiwis were attempting to make an impressive T20I outfit.
“Tom has been one of the leading players in the Super Smash the past two years and is one of the cleanest strikers of a cricket ball in the country. He’s averaged 76 at a strike-rate of 174 this season, so Tom’s proven himself to be a very dangerous player. Power is a critical element to Twenty20 cricket, so to have him alongside the likes of Martin, Corey and the two Colins is an exciting prospect,” Gavin Larsen, the New Zealand selector, said.
“It’s been great to see Ben back playing cricket and getting near his best. He’s put in a lot of hard work to get to this point again, so we’re looking forward to having him back in the mix. Ben’s ability to swing the ball at a decent clip can trouble any batsmen, as he’s shown in domestic cricket this season,” Larsen opined.
Gavin Larsen also went on to add a line on the recovering Ross Taylor. “Ross’s recovery from eye surgery is going well and he’ll be available to play in the Super Smash competition within the next few days. He’s a hugely important player for us and we’re looking forward to having him back in action for us in the Tests. We’ve got some really exciting players coming through and it’s important to give them opportunities and introduce them to the international stage.”
New Zealand T20I squad: Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Ben Wheeler