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'That's my call to make' - Black Caps coach denies Kane Williamson overruled spinner selection

Black Caps coach Gary Stead has denied captain Kane Williamson having any overruling power on today's World Cup squad selections.

Stead was asked by media today about Williamson's influence on the squad after it was confirmed Ish Sodhi was selected as the second spinner over Todd Astle - a decision 1 NEWS revealed yesterday is believed to have been made by the skipper.

But the coach quashed the report.

"The composition of the leg spinners was very tough and both had signs at times that they should've been the one that was selected," Stead said.

"We consult widely with [selections] and Kane is clearly a person that has input into that... but at the end of the day that's my call to make.

"I think it's great that the captain has input because they're the guys that are out on the field but ultimately the decision comes back to [selector] Gavin Larson and myself to make that call."

Stead said he was "absolutely" happy with taking Sodhi.

The Black Caps coach also spoke about Tom Blundell's selection in the squad, saying it was his wicket-keeping ability that got him picked.

"If there was an injury to Tom Latham, he would fit directly into the role we saw there and then could bat in that position as well."

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    Gary Stead said the Black Caps skipper had input but "ultimately" he made the call to take Ish Sodhi over Todd Astle. Source: 1 NEWS


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