A few Black Caps questions to ponder

Kyle Jamieson has struggled in the T20 series against Australia. Photo: Getty Images
Kyle Jamieson has struggled in the T20 series against Australia. Photo: Getty Images
The T20 international series between New Zealand and Australia is in the balance after the visitors recorded their first win in game three. But before the series resumes in Wellington tonight, cricket writer Adrian Seconi asks a few touchy questions.

- Is Tim Seifert the worst wicketkeeper in international cricket? He has been working with Brendon McCullum on his glove work, apparently. But it was a pretty ragged display on Wednesday.

- Remind us again what we saw in Kyle Jamieson? Has he been squatting since the home test summer wound up?

- Jimmy Neesham bowled first change in game three, so is that an indication Jamieson has already lost the confidence of his captain?

- Wait on. So the review clearly showed Australian captain Aaron Finch was trapped lbw in the opening over on Wednesday night. He survived because he was given not out by the umpire and not enough of the ball was hitting the sticks to reverse the call. But, come on, if the ball is hitting the wickets, shouldn’t it be out?

- If not Tim Seifert, then who? Glenn Phillips has kept for Auckland but he is too good around the field and is not keen on the job. That means Devon Conway is best option from within the squad to take over. And should he open alongside Martin Guptill as well?

- Ok. So if the selectors sacked Seifert — and they won’t — who would come in as the extra batsman? Finn Allen? He has been dynamic for Wellington, but some of the selections in the past have been a bit, well, woke. Remember when Will Young got the nod for the test team instead of Conway? He had been in the queue longer, came the flaccid explanation. Judging by that logic, Mark Chapman would get the nod.

- We have nothing against Mark Chapman — although his namesake did kill John Lennon — but is he actually better than Ross Taylor, who he is keeping out of the squad? Chapman came in for spinner Mitchell Santner and batted at No 7 the other night. But should the Black Caps have opted for an extra bowler instead? Adam Milne and Hamish Bennett were there.

- Does anyone still think it is a good idea to go into a T20 match with just five realistic bowling options? And would you throw Neesham the ball again? He got clobbered for 60 runs from his four overs.

- Have we warmed to Glenn Maxwell after he signed the back of the plastic chair he broke in Wellington? Or should we send him the bill?

- Ashton Agar’s six for 30 was the fifth-best return in the history of international T20. Where would you rate it?

- Will Australia win the series 3-2?

Comments

The obvious replacement for Seifert is Latham.

 

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