Thatscricket - News - Lankan tour will be challenging: Dravid

Published: Friday, June 29, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
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Wellington: Spin bowler Daniel Vettori and all-rounder Dion Nash will play in next month's tri-series in Sri Lanka after passing fitness tests, New Zealand Cricket said on Thursday.Chairman of selectors Richard Hadlee said both players had been training hard and building up their bowling workload after previously breaking down after making premature comebacks."Dion and Daniel have been given a clean bill of health by the medical panel. The selectors will be looking for Dion to contribute as a bowler and a middle order batsman," Hadlee said, referring to the tri-series, which also features India."Dion has described his bowling in training as being at an intensity of 80 per cent. However, over the next four weeks before leaving for Sri Lanka it is anticipated that he will continue to improve his intensity levels"."In fact Dion is no different in this regard to other bowlers. At this stage of the season all bowlers would be bowling around 80 per cent and looking to increase their intensity to peak in three or four weeks time."Hadlee said the selection panel had named a strong and experienced side."There is a core of experience in captain Stephen Fleming, Nathan Astle, Adam Parore, Craig McMillan and Nash. Lou Vincent, Jacob Oram, Darryl Tuffey and James Franklin represent the newer brigade who have made a satisfactory start to their international careers," he said.There are seven all-rounders in the side, two specialist spin bowlers, and two specialist pace bowlers - Tuffey and Franklin."We also have an exciting inner circle field featuring (Chris) Harris, Vincent and Sinclair. In fact, it is an excellent fielding side. In all the panel has aimed for a balanced team selected with Sri Lankan conditions in mind."Five players - Chris Nevin, Paul Wiseman, Brooke Walker, Shayne O'Connor and Andre Adams - have been placed on standby. Hadlee said there had been strong competition for places and those on standby had been serious contenders for inclusion."It was heartening for the selectors to have serious competition for places, particularly among the bowlers," Hadlee said."There is little between the records of Paul Wiseman and Grant Bradburn for instance. Both players have been tried in recent times and neither has cemented a permanent place in the side"."For the Sri Lanka tour the panel has named Bradburn principally on the strength of his good form last summer and his experience. Paul Wiseman however remains very much in the selection frame"."Similarly Shayne O'Connor was unlucky to miss selection on this occasion. The panel has decided to continue with James Franklin while Kyle Mills has been rewarded for his encouraging performances in Sharjah".The selection panel was conscious of the long season ahead and the need to have a number of players capable of being able to step into the Black Caps.After the Sri Lanka tour, there is little respite for New Zealand through to its tour of the West Indies in April/May next year.Team:Stephen Fleming (captain), Nathan Astle, Grant Bradburn, James Franklin, Chris Harris, Craig McMillan, Kyle Mills, Dion Nash, Jacob Oram, Adam Parore, Mathew Sinclair, Darryl Tuffey, Daniel Vettori, Lou Vincent.

Copyright AFP 2001

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