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Coming off long run: NZC needs to be ruthless

CHARLIE HANTLER
Last updated 09:45 17/09/2012
Martin Guptill
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The Black Caps aren't going to improve until they have a ruthless system like Australia, where if a player doesn't perform they are dropped in favour of a player who is doing well at the domestic level.

How long would players such as Martin Guptill and Daniel Flynn have lasted in the Aussie team? No time at all.

We have an aging team, but have youth waiting, so it also makes no sense to have the A side stacked with older players like we do.

The best compromise is, if the younger cricketers can't make the full national side, give them a go in the A side, and organise more fixtures.

The A team never seems to play. A side like this would be great to see:

1) George Worker
2) Hamish Rutherford
3) Michael Bracewell
4) Michael Pollard/Josh Brodie
5) Tom Latham (WK) (C)
6) Jimmy Neesham
7) Corey Anderson/Harry Boam
8) Nick Beard
9) Ben Wheeler
10) Mitchell McClenaghan
11) Adam Milne

Along with these lads, there are a few more talented young cricketers coming through.

New Zealand cricket needs to focus on the longer forms of the game, hence these young players should play far more four or five-day cricket.

They all have the potential, now get on to it.


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