Stuff – It was a frustrating return for Matt Henry to the Black Caps for Thursday’s fourth ODI.


  • The recent rise of Doug Bracewell and an apparent move for both allrounders Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme to be shoehorned into New Zealand’s World Cup squad leaves Henry at serious risk of missing the cut.
  • Henry took the new ball in helpful conditions in Hamilton on Thursday as Boult scythed through India with a superb spell.
  • The final spot in the 15 looks likely to come down to whether they pick three spinners: Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle, or take the safe option and choose a backup batsman who can also keep wicket: either Tim Seifert or the dependable and versatile BJ Watling.
  • Like Bracewell, Astle fields well and can bat eight, and there’s a strong chance New Zealand will play two spinners in their XI at various stages.
  • That means they could take a big risk with just six specialist batsmen in the squad, including Colin Munro who will go but may now be seen as batting cover down to No 6 and a sixth bowling option after his demotion from the opening spot.

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