New Zealand’s mixture of high quality spin bowling and sharp fielding provides them a superb likelihood of successful a maiden T20 World Cup title in Australia this yr, in-form batsman Glenn Phillips mentioned.
New Zealand, overwhelmed within the T20 World Cup remaining by Australia final yr, suffered an eight-wicket defeat in Kingston on Sunday to be denied a sequence sweep towards West Indies.
Nonetheless, the Black Caps gained loads from their final T20 tour earlier than the World Cup begins in October, welcoming again quite a few rested key gamers.
Phillips mentioned New Zealand had been spoiled for selection of their assault and their spinners may show damaging in Australia regardless of wickets that historically provide extra for tempo bowlers.
“Massively so, especially our finger spinners,” he instructed reporters.
“Clearly, Ish (Sodhi) having the ability to flip the ball each methods actually helps and having a wrist spinner within the facet … is absolute gold.
“However the way in which that Michael Bracewell and clearly (Mitchell) Santner do their factor it actually helps to have the ability to have that further stability.
“Going into Aussie (Australia), that is going to be crucial with the bigger boundaries as well.”
Phillips mentioned the West Indies had been a helpful preview for what to anticipate in Australia for the October 16-November 13 World Cup.
“We’ve had the ball hold a little bit more especially with that new ball when it grips a little bit so I think it can actually play very similar to the way Aussie will, especially getting later on into the tournament,” he mentioned.
“So (we’re) trying to take these experiences and use them as much as possible.”
New Zealand now change codecs with a three-match ODI sequence towards West Indies beginning on Wednesday earlier than heading to Australia for one more ODI sequence subsequent month.