Munro likely to open for New Zealand in India

Paola Ditto
Ottobre 13, 2017

"You know going over there that you have to perform, otherwise you get taught a pretty harsh lesson".

The foreign environment for the visitors means adapting quickly will be vital.

Munro, who has been predominantly middle-order batsman for New Zealand has featured in 24 ODIs so far in which he scored 480 runs that included three half-centuries as well. "We're going to rely a lot of the experience of our senior players".

The New Zealand side had a tough time on the last tour of the sub-continent nation as they lost the Test series 3-0 and the ODI series 3-2. Latham is set to bat in the middle order with the visitors eyeing a brisk start before the Indian spinners come into the picture.

The Kiwis have already announced a nine-man squad for the India tour, constituting the likes of Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Trent Boult and the rest of the squad will be selected from the New Zealand A side which is now playing India A in Vishakhapatnam. While Hesson confirmed they are looking at different wicketkeeping options, Latham is likely to take up that role.

"We are looking at the two guys who are doing it at the moment".

"But Tom is the most experienced of the keepers. But we've got some good intel on the ground coming in, and we'll make a decision on that in the next few days".

"We need to generate a strike rate at the top of the innings", Hesson said when asked by reporters in Christchurch about Munro's chances of opening the innings.

"It would be fair to say Martin and Tom, although they have had some really good performances individually, haven't really clicked as a pair at the top and certainly haven't generated a strike-rate that we would like". "He doesn't so much adapt to conditions, he plays one way - batting in the middle order can make that hard, and he has had success since we moved him up in T20s".

The three match ODI series will be played between 22nd and 29th October following which the teams will compete in three T20Is as well.

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