Simon Doull calls for a radical change in New Zealand's T20 setup

Martin Guptill should be appoint Black Caps' T20 captain, says Simon Doull.

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Former New Zealand seamer and renowned commentator –Simon Doull, on Tuesday, opined that the national coach Mike Hesson and captain Kane Williamson should be axed from the T20I setup.

Doull went to further opine that the New Zealand Cricket (NZC) should instill Martin Guptill as captain and Black Caps legend Daniel Vettori as the coach for the T20 side. He also said that if Williamson should not be playing T20s if he is not going to be opening the batting for the side.

His comment came after New Zealand's humiliating seven-wicket defeat to Australia in Sydney last Saturday in their first T20 of the Trans-Tasman tri-series, featuring Australia and England.

Speaking to the Radio Sport Breakfast, Simon Doull said, “I don't think we are getting the selections right — I've had some concerns for a while. I would like to see Colin de Grandhomme batting higher but it is the selections, not the batting order (which is the problem). We want dynamic players and should be giving them an opportunity at T20 level. If Kane Williamson doesn't open in T20 he shouldn't be playing. His record opening is very good, at three and four it's not that great. But he shouldn't be in the T20 side, there's a lot shouldn't be in the T20 side.”

Commenting on Hesson, the former Kiwi said, “He's a great coach who has done an amazing job, and has really grown into the job. But he gets very little time off, only a small amount of time with his family. Give him T20 completely off, get a new coach, new ideas, a new bunch of players.”

Doull signed off by saying, “The coach probably needs to have played the game to understand it a bit better. The Northern Knights had Gareth Hopkins solely as their T20 coach and he played until recently. The rest of the coaches around the country are a bit older, out of touch with T20.”


By Rashmi Nanda - 07 Feb, 2018

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