Cricket-Balanced New Zealand in good place for T20 World Cup bid – Phillips


Aug 15 (Reuters)New Zealand’s mixture of high quality spin bowling and sharp fielding provides them a superb probability of successful a maiden T20 World Cup title in Australia this 12 months, in-form batsman Glenn Phillips stated.

New Zealand, crushed within the T20 World Cup remaining by Australia final 12 months, suffered an eight-wicket defeat in Kingston on Sunday to be denied a sequence sweep in opposition to West Indies.

Nevertheless, the Black Caps gained a lot from their final T20 tour earlier than the World Cup begins in October, welcoming again numerous rested key gamers.

Phillips stated New Zealand have been spoiled for selection of their assault and their spinners might show damaging in Australia regardless of wickets that historically supply extra for tempo bowlers.

“Massively so, particularly our finger spinners,” he instructed reporters.

“Clearly, Ish (Sodhi) with the ability to flip the ball each methods actually helps and having a wrist spinner within the aspect … is absolute gold.

“However the best way that Michael Bracewell and clearly (Mitchell) Santner do their factor it actually helps to have the ability to have that additional stability.

“Going into Aussie (Australia), that’s going to be essential with the larger boundaries as effectively.”

Phillips stated the West Indies had been a helpful preview for what to anticipate in Australia for the Oct. 16-Nov.13 World Cup.

“We have had the ball maintain somewhat bit extra particularly with that new ball when it grips somewhat bit so I believe it might really play similar to the best way Aussie will, particularly getting in a while into the event,” he stated.

“So (we’re) making an attempt to take these experiences and use them as a lot as attainable.”

New Zealand now swap codecs with a three-match ODI sequence in opposition to West Indies beginning on Wednesday earlier than heading to Australia for one more ODI sequence subsequent month.

(Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Modifying by Ed Osmond)

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