Munro ex­pected to pro­vide power boost

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WELLING­TON: Power-hit­ting left han­der Colin Munro is likely to open New Zealand’s in­nings with Mar­tin Gup­till on the limited overs tour of In­dia with Tom Latham drop­ping down the or­der, coach Mike Hes­son has said

Hes­son and nine mem­bers of the New Zealand squad left on Thurs­day for the tour, which starts on Oc­to­ber 22 and in­cludes three one-day in­ter­na­tion­als and three Twenty20 matches.

They will link up with six play­ers from the New Zealand ‘ A’ side cur­rently in the sub­con­ti­nent.

Munro, 30, is on the ‘ A’ tour and has prin­ci­pally bat­ted in the mid­dle or­der in his pre­vi­ous 24 ODIs for New Zealand.

While he has an av­er­age of just 25.26 bat­ting mostly at five or six in the or­der, his strike rate of 99.37 should make him a valu­able part­ner for the sim­i­larly ag­gres­sive Gup­till in try­ing to get New Zealand off to a fly­ing start.

“We need to gen­er­ate a strike rate at the top of the in­nings,” Hes­son said when asked by re­porters in Christchurch about Munro join­ing Gup­till at the top of the or­der.

“It would be fair to say Mar­tin and Tom, although they have had some really good per­for­mances in­di­vid­u­ally, they haven’t really clicked at the top and cer­tainly haven’t gen­er­ated a strike-rate as a pair that we would like.”

Hes­son added that spe­cial­ist top-or­der bats­man Ge­orge Worker could also be con­sid­ered for the role, while hard-hit­ting wick­et­keeper-bats­man Glenn Phillips was also a pos­si­bil­ity.

The 20-year-old Phillips scored 140 not out in the sec­ond one-day match against In­dia ‘A’ in Visakha­p­at­nam two days ago, bat­ting at num­ber three. Worker and Munro opened the in­nings.

Hes­son added that wick­et­keeper was also a po­si­tion he was look­ing at on the tour after Luke Ronchi re­tired from in­ter­na­tional cricket ear­lier this year. Latham, who was a wick­et­keeper for much of his ca­reer be­fore be­com­ing a test open­ing bats­man, took the gloves ear­lier this year in limited overs matches but scored just nine runs in five in­nings at the top of the or­der.

Hes­son, how­ever, said the 25-year-old was still a pos­si­bil­ity for the job, even with Phillips and Tom Blun­dell, both of whom have played in­ter­na­tional Twenty20 cricket, and the un­capped Tim Siefert on the ‘A’ tour.

“Tom Latham is very much a pos­si­bil­ity,” Hes­son said.

“We have got three oth­ers on the New Zealand ‘A’ tour there so we will have a look at them and make a de­ci­sion over the next few days.

“But Tom is the most ex­pe­ri­enced of the keep­ers. The other three are still de­vel­op­ing.”

Colin Munro

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