Cricket: Black Caps bowling lineup for 2019 Cricket World Cup far from fixedThe New Zealand Herald #Minutes_ReadJanuary 12, 2019
Testing will continue through the summer but performances in the one-day series against India starting later this month should carry more influence when the 15-strong World Cup squad is picked.
Job descriptions for the bowlers haven’t changed but concerns about those who can fill specialist needs in 50-over matches have widened.
That’s unlikely but it’s an option.
Otherwise room in the top batting lineup has shrunk with Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls and Jimmy Neesham getting runs with Latham to add to that list.
The bowling has headed in a different direction.
There’s a T20 game tonight at Eden Park to pack out the entertainment and finish that segment of the summer before attention switches to the inquisition from India’s batting power.
Bowlers like Matt Henry need to perform against India for the Black Caps.
Photo / Photosport They may take a game or two to adjust to the different conditions but Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Shikar Dhawan, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni and their colleagues will take the demands up several notches for the New Zealand bowlers.
Stead and his staff will have assessed likely conditions and the size of grounds in England when the tournament starts in May and which bowlers best fit New Zealand plans and the tournament format.
Stead wants a couple of all-rounders in his squad but he should limit those choices and zero in on specialist one-day bowlers like Ferguson and Sodhi whose attacking edge creates the point of difference teams will need to win a World Cup.