New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have named the 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup 2015. Controversial batsman Jesse Ryder has been left out of squad after failing to return to the first-class cricket.
Ryder, who had a slim chance of making to the World Cup squad after he was named in the New Zealand A team that toured UAE last month, withdrew from that tour due to personal reasons which somewhere down the line dimmed his chances of World Cup return, and his snub now is no surprise at all.
During an interview with Fairfax Media, NZC’s General Manager of National Selection Bruce Edgar was quoted in saying:
“When he pulled out he left us with no real information about him and as a result we didn’t have enough conviction to warrant his selection. On balance we weighed it all up and thought we needed to see more. We never got to see enough and as a result we cut him from the 30.”
There are not much surprises in the squad at all. The final squad of 15 that’ll play in the World Cup will have to be named by January 7th.
New Zealand have reached the World Cup semi-finals six times (1975, 1979, 1992, 1999, 2007, 2011) and with the home advantage this time around, New Zealand would surely fancy their chances of lifting the World Cup.
New Zealand 30-men preliminary squad:
Martin Guptill, Anton Devcich, Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford, Rob Nicol, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson Neil Broom, Dean Brownlie, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, BJ Watling, Corey Anderson, James Neesham, Daniel Vettori, Colin de Grandhomme, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Grant Elliot, Ronnie Hira, Nathan McCullum, Hamish Bennett, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Tim Southee
Probable 15 for the World Cup:
Brendon McCullum (c), Kane Williamson (vc), Martin Guptill, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Trent Boult, Tom Latham, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Daniel Vettori
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