Why Have The Kiwis Become Such A Walking Selection Contradiction?

Let’s face it. The 2-nil whitewash at the hands of…wait for it…the West Indies!, was embarrassing, even for this lot. Add to that the departure of John Wright as coach and the revelation that the only teams they are better than in the rankings now are Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. Can’t get worse, right?

Er…no it can. Have a glance at their squad for the India tour coming up later this month.

What a total joke. They’ve left out Dean Brownlie – the only guy who could hold a bat in Australia recently; the man who replaces him is James Franklin. Who was also “rested” from the Windies tour so he could prepare for the World T20 by playing in the English domestic competition. Now he’s been recalled for a two test tour of India; how is that gonna help prepare for the WT20?

Ditto Tim Southee. Seven tests ago, he was the leader of their attack going into Aussie territory; a couple of tests later he was deemed as not good enough for South Africa and dropped in favour of Mark Gillespie. Now he’s back again.

The icing on the cake? They just had a former Aussie high performance bowls director announcing this team at a presser. WTF.


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