New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has come to mention today that several of his players have come down with an acute illness ahead of their final Group A match against Bangladesh in Hamilton on Friday. Illness has struck the Kiwis, leaving up to three players in doubt for their final group game.
Hesson hesitated to reveal the details to the media but mentioned that six players were taken ill following their six-wicket win over Afghanistan in Napier.
They have got a few guys who are a bit ill today, so hopefully they recover in time, he said. He knows at least two or three are down so they definitely will see how they scrub up.
Apart from these players, pacer Adam Milne is the only player with a minor niggles. He damaged the AC joint in his shoulder after taking a catch at the end of Afghanistan’s innings, but Hesson was confident that some rest should be enough to return the lively Milne to full fitness this week.
“He’s got a slightly damaged AC. A bit of ice and I think he’ll be all right,” the Kiwi said.
Hesson was pleased with the performance from the players after the win against Afghanistan.
“It was a pretty thorough performance really. He was really pleased with the effort of his team. All in all, job done.” he said.
Hesson also added said “We’ve got a few guys that are a bit ill today so hopefully they recover in time. We’ve got sickness and if guys have got a niggle we won’t force it.”..
He thinks that it is a great format and that he really likes the different facilities one plays in every day. All grounds have slightly different characteristics. They have had some high scoring close ones, some low ones, like they had (against Australia) in Auckland, he said when asked about his opinion on the structure of World Cup.
Also, when asked if he had rated Australia as New Zealand’s biggest threat, he said that.