‘There’s nothing better’ – McMillan on NZ players getting franchise T20 experience

Although New Zealand is coming out of cricket hibernation, the last time they played as a team in March, batting coach Craig McMillan believes they would have a couple of things going for them when they play in Pakistan's top spot in the first of three T20Is on Wednesday. First, a team that has experience playing T20 franchise, and second, good memories of the last time they were in the United Arab Emirates, when they won a part of the Test and T20I trophies before winning the ODI 3-2. [19659002] "We have had many players playing in different franchise competitions around the world, from the CPL to the IPL and the NatWest in England," said McMillan. "So we have a bit of experience, there's nothing better than playing in those competitions, we know Pakistan is a very strong team, it's number 1 in the world right now, it's very difficult to beat in the home conditions. But he had one last successful tour here in 2014 and we have a lot of the guys from that trip and it's something we look forward to. "

Outside the team that New Zealand has chosen for this tour, Kane Williamson was the captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL playoffs earlier this year. Colin Munro was the best career player in the Premier League 2018. Ross Taylor was also part of that tournament, playing for Jamaica Tallawahs. Ish Sodhi had a career with Nottinghamshire in the T20 Blast. Tim Southee and Colin de Grandhomme passed under the command of Virat Kohli in the field of Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Regardless of how the New Zealand players managed to stay in shape, McMillan wanted them to be aware of their surroundings. Releases in the UAE have seen a lot of cricket recently and are usually quite slow. During the last three years, the average number of races in a T20I played in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, where all the matches will be played, was 7.22.

"The scores are a bit lower here under the conditions, which is something we'll have to talk about as a team," said McMillan. "In New Zealand and in some other countries, you're looking for a score of 170-180, but here, 150 has been a winning score, so we may have to adapt our game plan for that."

The New Zealand A team, which has been in the country since the beginning of October, would have picked it up as well. They were eliminated by 65 in the first unofficial T20I against Pakistan A, but then in the next two games, with the benefit of batting in second place, they won comfortable victories chasing 143 and 157.

Three players of that team will be chosen at the baccalaureate and Glenn Phillips has been a strong case for himself, scoring a half-century in a row. With Martin Guptill out of the tour due to a calf injury, the 21-year-old Auckland starter, who also spent time at the CPL playing for the Tallawahs, has a good chance of survival.

To prepare even more For the series, New Zealand has been training at night to simulate the exact conditions they will face in the T20I against Pakistan. "We're mixing it," said McMillan. "Many of them come from four-day red-ball cricket, so they went back to the cue ball and the T20 especially [is hard]." So we launched different scenarios, pressed them, observed how they reacted and how they met. to win the game.

"There are different challenges for hitters and bowlers in hot conditions and that is one of the things that boys should do when they are in the field, in terms of fluid intake, making sure I have these high energy levels, because they take away your energy when it's at 35-40 C. That's why it's important to go out, make them sweat, work on the field so that it arrives on Wednesday night. Ready to rock and roll. "

source:- espncricinfo.com

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