No surprises as Ryder misses out on WC

2015 World Cup

There were no major surprises as the New Zealand selectors named a fairly predictable 30-man preliminary squad for the World Cup, which they will be co-hosing with Australia, starting early next year.

The only contentious point worth debating would be the non-selection of all-rounder Jesse Ryder who, according to the selectors, never really gave himself an opportunity to be selected as he pulled out of a New Zealand 'A' squad last month for personal reasons.

Chief selector Bruce Edgar told Fairfax Media: "When he pulled out he left us with no real information about him and as a result we didn't have enough conviction to warrant his selection."

Ryder has not played for the Black Caps for almost a year and, although he had an impressive season for Essex in the English county season, his career has been blighted by disciplinary issues but Edgar did not say if that was the main issue in Ryder's omission.

Edgar went on: "On balance we weighed it all up and thought we needed to see more. We never got to see enough and as a result we cut him from the 30."

The squad is very experienced, no uncapped players were picked, and includes veteran spinner Daniel Vettori who will probably play in his last World Cup.

New Zealand are currently involved in a One Day International series against Pakistan in the UAE, and the series could go a long way to determining who would be in the final 15-man squad for the World Cup.

The final 15-man squads for all teams have to be finalised by January 15th 2015.

World Cup 30-man squad:

Openers: Martin Guptill, Anton Devcich, Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford, Rob Nicol

Wicketkeepers: Luke Ronchi, BJ Watling

Allrounders: Corey Anderson, James Neesham, Daniel Vettori, Colin de Grandhomme, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Grant Elliot

Spinners: Ronnie Hira, Nathan McCullum

Fast bowlers: Hamish Bennett, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry, Mitchell McClenaghan, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Tim Southee

 

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