Twenty20 World cup preview: Group D

June 3, 2009 at 11:40 am 3 comments


South Africa

South Africa are desperately looking to end their record of failing to win major tournaments. Their only previous silverware was the innagural ICC Champions Trophy in 98 but have since failed to earn silverware, that their status as second best ODI side commands. They will be looking to quickly banish the memories of their 4-0 ODI series loss in England last summer by claiming the early momentum. They have selected a team of their one day performers and those who have excelled in the shortest format. South Africa’s leading batsmen have flourished in the IPL, with AB de Villiers, Gibbs, Duminy and Jacques Kallis making up 4 of the 11 highest run scorers. Twenty 20 specialists Yusuf Abdulla and Roelof van der Merwe also made a impact. Abdulla has emerged as one of the South Africa’s premium T20 bowler, the skiddy left arm fast/medium collected 14 wickets in 9 apperances in the IPL. The usual big hitters in the SA team are most likley to propser, with captain Smith remaining a prized wicket. As again they enter the tournament as one of the favourites and will hope they can keep up the intensity to the end.

Key player: AB de Villiers. He enjoyed the most success in the IPL and it seems that his aggressive game is suited to the IPL. The big shots come natural to him and he is could take the game away form the opposition if he is allowed to get in.

Squad: Graeme Smith (capt), Johan Botha, Yusuf Abdulla, Mark Boucher (wk), AB de Villiers, JP Duminy, Herschelle Gibbs, Jacques Kallis, Albie Morkel, Morne Morkel, Justin Ontong, Wayne Parnell, Robbie Peterson, Dale Steyn, Roelof van der Merwe.

New Zealand

Haven’t been in the best form in all forms of the game but can take confidence from two victories this year against India and running the Australians close in a 1 run loss. Like Sri Lanka they are a team packed with all-rounders, with a number of options with both bat and ball. With explosive hitters all the way down the order, batting wise New Zealand look strong. Openers Brendon McCullum and Jesse Ryder are capable of a devastating partnership. B McCullum holds the record for the highest Twenty20 score, and his is a game which style of play is suited to. Jesse Ryder is also capable of the explosive knock but has proved inconsistent in this format. Further down the order, the talented Ross Taylor, Jacob Oram, Scott Styris and James Franklin are capable of upping the ante. In the bowling department, the fast bowlers have enjoyed mixed success but Vettori has the comfort of the knowledge that he can count on himself and Oram to put a squeeze on an innings. The control and variation of Daniel Vettori will be key for New Zealand in keeping the totals down. With a good mix in both departments and their wealth of all-rounders, New Zealand will be in the mix.

Key man: Daniel Vettori. Bowling with great control and variation, Vettori is a difficult bowler to get away. New Zealand can always count on him to take the wickets.

Squad: Squad: Brendon McCullum, Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Scott Styris, Neil Broom, Jacob Oram, James Franklin, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori (capt), Ian Butler, Peter McGlashan, Kyle Mills, Brendon Diamanti, Iain O’Brien.

Scotland

They are not expecting to progress but are looking for performances, like that agianst England (warm up), that will raise the status of Scottish Cricket. The dissapointment of a failure to reach the 2011 world cup will make Scotland all the more eager to make an impression. The Scottish line up relies on the experienced senior players to make an impression. Most of the squad have Twenty20 experience as they travelled to South Africa in 07, but other than that, their T20 experience is limited. Captain Gavin Hamilton, Dewald Nel, Kyle Coetzer and Calum MacLeod have experience with appearances in the county championship. The rift that lead to John Blain’s departure hasn’t helped their cause but they will take confidence in their performance against England in the warm up.

Key player: Kyle Coetzer. Coetzer provides some youthful exuberance to an ageing squad, with impressive innings for Durham in the Twenty20 cup. Has emerged as a key player for Durham and is capable of transferring this form for Scotland.

Squad: Gavin Hamilton (Capt), Richie Berrington, Kyle Coetzer, Gordon Drummond, Majid Haq, Calum MacLeod, Neil McCallum, Navdeep Poonia, Dewald Nel, Glenn Rogers, Colin Smith, Jan Stander, Fraser Watts, Ryan Watson, Craig White

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