OPINION: Mike Hessom has given me reason for concern by the comments he has made in the public domain this week regarding Adam Milne and Corey Anderson.
I am not sure whether it's because Hesson is uncomfortable with the media but quite often when he speaks publicly I struggle to find the logic.
In Adam Milne a shining star has been uncovered. But how do we know what Milne is capable of? He has one ODI wicket at the average of 172 and he has four T20 wickets at 44.75. Does he have talent? Yes. But there should be no talk of managing workloads or when or if he might play. Milne has to earn the right to make the team.
In fact, by stating these things in public, Hesson is doing a severe disservice to Milne and to the others in the bowling group because you cannot begin to talk about resting players at the beginning of a series.
Considering New Zealand's standing in the game, which is at the bottom of every cricketing format, it must put its best team on the field every time if it wants to climb up the ranks. It does not have the luxury yet of thinking how it can rest and rotate players. The players must become accustomed to fighting for their spot internally and be bitterly disappointed to be dropped. But rested, please no.
Hesson also states that Corey Anderson is reportedly fatigued. Who isn't that plays international sport? Performance under fatigue is what defines players.
These are the times when you need to perform, like after a string of low scores, when you are not taking wickets or are just not feeling right. How you bounce back from these situations is when you begin to find out who will have a lengthy career at the top level.
If I was Corey Anderson I would have been furious that Kane Williamson was allowed to play for the ND side in the semifinal of the national T20 competition. Anderson should be playing as much high-pressure cricket as he can get his hands on at the moment and this includes domestically.
In fact I would be very interested to have asked Anderson what he thought about being rested, as I don't think he would have wanted to.
The scheduling of the domestic T20 final this weekend is abysmal. I have a feeling that NZ Cricket were lumped with this scenario after India had delayed its tour confirmation and scheduling.
But why couldn't the finals have been played during the week to allow the NZ players to play a full role? It is important that our domestic players have the chance to play in big matches with Black Caps players also in the game.
There are no longer tour games of International sides for players to show their worth. How good are Matt Henry and Ronnie Hira if we don't see them bowling to the top players? Who is the better allrounder out of Jimmy Neesham and Anderson at the moment and where does Andy Ellis fit? Would Tim Southee travel around the park against Jesse Ryder or would Neil Broom be top scorer?
These domestic challenges are good for our players, the game and sponsors. It's important to see who stands up in pressure environments.
Currently all this shows me is that while I believe we have a tremendous pool of cricketing talent in this country, the administrators and coaches are not of the same standard and, if not monitored, will become an anchor to weigh down this potential.
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