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India vs New Zealand: Kane Williamson’s side aim for good start vs Board President’s XI

Kane Williamson’s New Zealand cricket team, who arrived in India 10 days ago in order to prepare for the series against Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team, will be aiming for a good start in their warm-up game against Board President’s XI in Mumbai.

india vs new zealand 2017 Updated: Oct 16, 2017 19:33 IST
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Kane Williamson will be aiming to provide Virat Kohli’s dominant Indian cricket team a challenge as New Zealand aim their first series win.
Kane Williamson will be aiming to provide Virat Kohli’s dominant Indian cricket team a challenge as New Zealand aim their first series win.(Getty Images)

New Zealand have adopted a meticulous approach to their upcoming limited-overs series against India starting Sunday, and their preparations will get another boost with two 50-over warm-up matches against Indian Board President’s XI.

The first game will be played at the Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday, with the Kiwis looking to find their best possible XI before they take on India. Since the two games do not have official status, all squad members will get a chance to play.

The Kiwis arrived as many as 10 days before what their captain Kane Williamson called it a ‘short tour’ to leave no stone unturned in preparations for the three-match ODI and T20I series against India. Six of the 15-member squad were picked from the New Zealand A team which was already in India playing unofficial four-day Tests and limited-overs matches.

Tom Latham is all set to keep the wickets and bat at No 4, as he had an extensive session training for work behind the wickets — with the New Zealand team media manager as batsman — followed by another long session of batting in the nets. “Yeah, (I) think so”, said Mitchell Santner on chances of Latham keeping the wickets.

On a hot and humid morning under clouds, the New Zealand cricketers trained for more than two-and-a-half hours, starting with a light game of football before hitting the nets. The lanky fast bowling pair of Tim Southee and Trent Boult bowled for a while before padding up for a nets session, whereas Santner and the uncapped Todd Astle too rolled over their arms.

The batting unit comprising Williamson, Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill were the first to hit the nets, starting with defensive strokes to shifting gears to smack the ball out of the park. Interestingly, Kiwi bowlers Southee, Boult and Santner had long batting sessions, while preserving their energies for the games ahead.

Guptill was forced out of the nets when an inside edge while attempting a pull hit him on the thigh, but the Kiwi batsman was back to face spinners after taking a short break.

Shreyas Iyer was in good form for India A in the recent series against New Zealand A and he has been appointed captain of the Board President’s XI side for the warm-up matches. (Hindustan Times)

The Indian Board President’s XI team captain Shreyas Iyer said his side will treat the warm-up games as their regular matches. “(It is) not an important game but for us, it is a next match and for them, it is a practice game. So, we will as youngsters play the game as an opportunity for us. We will try to give our best,” said Iyer ahead of his team’s training session.

Iyer did not take part in the training session on Monday afternoon, but the likes of Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant and Karun Nair batted for long. Young pacer Avesh Khan spent a lot of time on his batting and fielding, whereas senior pros Dhawal Kulkarni and Jaydev Unadkat bowled for a while to warm-up for the contest.

Discarded India batsman KL Rahul and the in-form Karn Sharma are late additions to the Indian Board President XI’s team, with the latter replacing the injured Rahul Chahar, the BCCI informed.

The 17-year-old Prithvi Shaw was on Monday pulled out from India U-19 team for the upcoming Asia Cup in Malaysia on Monday, and will continue to learn tough lessons when he walks out to bat against a bowling attack comprising Southee, Boult and Matt Henry.

Squads:

India Board President’s XI: Prithvi Shaw, Shivam Chaudhary, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Mann, Milind Kumar, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shahbaz Nadeem, Karn Sharma, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Avesh Khan, KL Rahul.

New Zealand ODI squad for India tour 2017: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Ross Taylor, George Worker, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee