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NZ Team to Meet India

Cricket News 28/11/02

New Zealand Cricket Chairman of Selectors, Sir Richard Hadlee, has named a 12-man Max Blacks team to play India on December 4 at Jade Stadium. (Commencing 6.30pm)

The 12-man team is:

Hadlee said the nature of the fast paced Max game, where boundary hitters are most effective, meant the selectors had leant towards hard-hitting allrounders.

“To be competitive in Max Cricket you need to post scores in excess of 100 in each ten over innings. This means you need players who can regularly hit the ball to and over the boundary.

“You also need bowlers who can put the ball in the right channels and minimise the opposition’s boundary scoring opportunities.”

Hadlee said there would be some exciting match-ups between the two teams, but that he thought one of the most interesting ones would be between the two wicket keeper/batsmen in the Max Blacks side.

“Chris Nevin and Brendon McCullum are both looking to secure a spot in the TelstraClear Black Caps one day side and this is an opportunity for them to impress.

“Both will keep wickets for one ten over innings and both will have an opportunity to open an innings with Nathan Astle,” Hadlee said.

Hadlee went on to say that the selection of Tama Canning, who has not been offered a top 20 contract by New Zealand Cricket, showed the selectors would always be prepared to consider other players if their form was good.

“Tama Canning scored a good hundred and picked up wickets against Northern Districts last week in a practice match.

“He showed us he is in good form for so early in the season and so he gets his chance.”

Chris Harris has been selected as the team’s specialist fielder.

Paul Hitchcock has a slight hamstring pull and his selection is subject to fitness.

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