Coach Gary Stead backs New Zealand openers to rediscover their form
New Zealand coach Gary Stead believes that their two misfiring openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro will return to their original form soon and so there’s no point of changing the Guptill-Munro in their next match against Australia.
Guptill and Munro chased down the target of 137 runs easily in Kiwis’ first match against Sri Lanka and secure the easy 10-wicket win for the team. But after that, they had been struggling with their form as they didn’t even manage any 50+ stands between them in their next six matches. Even most of the time they both got out inside first 5 overs of the match.
“Look it’s an obvious fact, Colin and Martin got away to an incredible begin in the Sri Lankan game and runs have been somewhat rare from that point forward,” said Stead.
“In any case, they’re not by any means the only openers in the challenge that haven’t got runs and we just have 15 players in the squad. So you begin weighing up what does that resemble as far as changing a lot in the team and that is something we unquestionably would prefer not to have, wholesale changes wherever in our order.”
There’s been much speculation for some times that Henry Nicholls could have been picked in replace of one of the two openers. But New Zealand coach didn’t want to tinker with side’s top-order at that moment. “He’s unquestionably an option however Henry hasn’t completed a lot of [opening] either,” said Stead. “But Henry’s unquestionably an option we’ll consider.
“We’ll audit it again when we get down to London yet there are just 15 players here and you pick individuals to do certain jobs too. We need to adjust up current form with, I surmise, the jobs that we are attempting to play with the folks.”
New Zealand will face Australia in their next all-important match on June 29 at the home of cricket Lord’s in London.