Liam Napier lists 5 things we learned from the Sad Caps’ purchase over India in a single day.
Trent Boult is world class
Good enough, so not exactly a revelation but whether or not or not it’s sun on the again or wind within the hair, or not it’s always nice to be reminded of merely how exact you’ve got obtained it. In favourable prerequisites, the build swing and seam is prevalent as it became as soon as on the Oval, Boult ranks amongst one of the best exponents. His supreme opening spell in opposition to India featured impeccable size. He became as soon as shut to unplayable, with only Virat Kohli ready to briefly counter. Now the determined chief of the Sad Caps’ attack, on days cherish this or not it’s easy to seek why Boult is the realm’s second most productive ODI bowler on the again of India’s Jasprit Bumrah.
Opening dwelling up for grabs
How a lot religion does Gary Stead beget in Colin Munro? Loads is the short solution. But when the energy hitting opener gets a gamble and fails again within the second heat-up match in opposition to the West Indies in Bristol on Tuesday, with out a doubt that starts to severely wane. All americans knows Munro’s capabilities but his insistence on swinging from ball one – he charged and hit his first ball to the lengthy on boundary in opposition to India – is of project not returning on investment. More ought to be expected than one half of century in his previous 17 ODIs. Against quality swing and tempo, Munro’s plot is vulnerable. His three-ball knock did nothing to encourage visions of him turning it on anytime soon.
Henry Nicholls is the contrasting alternative, a batsman who attacks with more management regardless of the build he slots in. On the tip he would possibly perhaps well per chance per chance, presumably, build more stress on Martin Guptill to beget up out the heavy lifting but he mute appears to be like the simpler chance. Stead would possibly perhaps well per chance play Nicholls at 5 or six, reckoning on Tom Latham’s availability and the build Jimmy Neesham fits within the image. Coming true into a World Cup with your high expose not sorted is a necessary issue, though.
Matt Henry v Tim Southee
This fight continues. Henry will be unleashed in opposition to the Windies after being one of the best fit squad member not outdated within the victory over India. The single quiz now is who misses out. Southee is the doubtless candidate. His 1-26 from seven overs helped Boult educate stress early but, in prerequisites that suited, he wasn’t practically as threatening. If Henry can better Southee’s opening commute he would possibly perhaps well per chance per chance smartly pressure his draw in to begin up the tournament in opposition to Sri Lanka in Cardiff. For now, or not it’s miles a 50/50 name.
Mega totals will most doubtless be misleading
Early days, particular, but suggestions of groups pushing shut to 500 will most doubtless be smartly overblown. To this point South Africa beget region one of the best total in performed heat up matches – their 338 proving a ways too a lot for Sri Lanka in Cardiff. England’s a lot-vaunted batting couldn’t saunter down Australia’s 298 in Southampton, whereas Pakistan would possibly perhaps well per chance per chance only muster 262 in their defeat to Afghanistan in Bristol. Throw in India’s lowly 179 in opposition to Original Zealand, albeit on a seaming wicket, and the ball, if not talking this a lot, would possibly perhaps well per chance per chance yet state a lot more than expected.
Tom Blundell gloves up
If Tom Latham’s fractured finger doesn’t enhance for the Sad Caps’ opening match, Blundell appears to be like ready to walk. Conjecture over his label always gave the influence misplaced, with Tim Seifert’s preserving not yet up to international well-liked. Blundell bagged two regulation catches in opposition to India and, otherwise, had a neat day on the again of the stumps despite conceding eight byes – two boundaries – from Lockie Ferguson and Trent Boult bouncers that sailed over his head. He’ll be chomping for a bat after making 77 in a single innings in opposition to the Australian XI en route to the World Cup, after which not making it to the crease right here.