Hesson waiting on a few sick players

2015 World Cup

New Zealand are waiting on the fitness of a few players ahead of their final group match, against Bangladesh on Friday, with coach Mike Hesson confirming some illnesses in the squad.

Hesson confirmed that one or two players were ill after their game against Afghanistan, while bowler Adam Milne is hoping his jarred shoulder will be fine to face the Tigers. But with a gap of a few days, Hesson is confident.

The coach, confirming they will not change the side if everyone is fine, said: "We've got some sickness and if guys have a niggle we won't force it with the gap between games.

"But when you've got two games in 21 days we're not going to make it one game in terms of preparation. If guys are fit and still performing they'll get first chance."

The Black Caps beat Afghanistan by six wickets on Sunday, making it five wins in a row, and Hesson was pleased with the win but was surprised by the lack of fight shown by the normally feisty Afghans.

He said: "It was a pretty thorough performance really. I was really pleased with the effort. We were pretty proficient in the field and it was pretty good chase. All in all, job done.

"I was surprised Afghanistan didn't go at us a little harder early on because they've got some good strikers. Out of the Associates, they've certainly got the best seam-bowling attack and their batsmen have got a lot of power."

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