Coach Wright sees Styris playing key role against Proteas

March 24th, 2011 - 6:32 pm ICT by ANI  

Dhaka, Mar. 24 (ANI): Coach John Wright has signalled that he wants Styris to be more involved in tomorrow’s quarterfinal match against South Africa here.

He thinks Styris should shift into the top five of the batting order at the expense of James Franklin. He also thinks that Styris’s medium paced deliveries should get a solid workout on a pitch expected to favour the spinners and help blunt South Africa’s vaunted past bowling attack headed by Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.

According to the New Zealand Herald, New Zealand’s cause will be helped by the return of captain Daniel Vettori, their best bowler who missed the last two group matches due to a knee injury, while they will also hope that savvy seamer Kyle Mills has overcome a quad injury to take his place for a must-win match.

The experience of these two alone will be a boost in conditions that could well see the selectors include batsman Kane Williamson principally due to his ability to provide five overs of off spin to add to the slow bowling overs of Vettori and Nathan McCullum.

The Mirpur track is expected to hold up, meaning batting fluency should be difficult and the New Zealanders could look to complete 25 of their overs with their slow bowlers, leaving Tim Southee, Jacob Oram and possibly Mills plus Styris to complete the remainder.

But anything less than their best and New Zealand will be rushing towards the World Cup exit. (ANI)

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