New Zealand squad for Micromax cup triseries in Sri Lanka, this August 2010, will be without two of their major players = captain Daniel Vettori and vetern wicket keeping allrounder Brendon McCullum. Interestingly, both of them are due to become fathers (Vettori second time) and hence decided to skip the triseries..
Ross Taylor was appointed vice-captain of New Zealand cricket team some 6 months ago and now he gets his first full opportunity to lead the team. Taylor has perfect record of 1 games 1 win as skipper so far, that too beating rivals Australia, by 2 wickets 5 months ago but challenges in asia against two major teams like India and Sri Lanka will pose much tougher test for right handed batsman.
Taylor, for middle order, will have services of fast imporving right hander Marti Guptill, experienced Scott Styris who also bowls useful medium pace ideal for subcontinent pitches as well as opener BJ Watling who can also keep the wickets.
Jesse Ryder was named in the squad earlier but later ommited for fitness issues.. Peter Ingram added.
Grant Elliott is another allrounder to watch out for. Elliott did very well for Kiwis on tour to Australia late last year but niggling injuries have kept him away from action since then. He last played in a test against Pakistan last December. Grant bats solidly in middle order, is known as finisher and can bowl accurate medium pace around 130kmph.
In absense of Brendon McCullum, Gareth Hopkins will keep the wickets. Hopkins is capable of some quick runs down the order and is also a safe gloveman.
Jacob Oram gets another chance at international level after plenty of failed opportunities in recent time. Oram had injury prone 2009 and hasn't made a perfect comeback yet. Oram's bouncy medium pace against Indian and Lanakan batting who doesn't like balls over hip height will be crucial.
In pace department, blackcaps have lanky Kyle Mills to go with experienced Daryl Tuffey who has a good record in Sri Lanka as well as Tim Southee who specialises in yorkers later in the match. Andy McKay is another upcoming pace bowler.
Kane Williamson is a 20 year old right handed batsman cum offspinner who has played only 20 first class games before he gets his maiden international call up. Kane will be back-up to Nathan McCullum, another offie. Jeetan Patel makes it 33 offspinner in New Zealand one day squad.