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Paul Lewis: Neesham's Cricket World Cup audition

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29.12.2018

COMMENT:

It'll be intriguing to see if the talented Jimmy Neesham does well in the upcoming one-day series against Sri Lanka - particularly with the ball.

New Zealand may have need of him for the Cricket World Cup next year in that pivotal role of all-rounder - especially if Corey Anderson continues to struggle with fitness.

Colin de Grandhomme is probably first choice for the all-rounder spot, especially after his 28-ball 50 against Sri Lanka this week, the fastest in New Zealand test history. His bowling, however, may be best suited to red-ball cricket and Black Caps coach Gary Stead has made no secret of his desire to include Anderson.

Who wouldn't, given Anderson has the second fastest century in all of one-day cricket, a blazing 36-ball ton, second only to South Africa's AB de Villiers? Anderson's left-arm medium-fast bowling is also handy, though his back and other injuries have reduced his time at both creases in recent years - and he was invalided home from the recent tour to the United Arab Emirates with a heel complaint that has kept him out of the Sri Lankan series.

Who knows whether Anderson will be ready for the one-day series against India and........

© New Zealand Herald