'They've shot the lights out at domestic level' – Black Caps selectors back explosive T20 debutants

Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen has backed the side's two newest members to fire for the remainder of the Twenty20 tri-series against England and Australia, with Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert called into the New Zealand side.

The pair both had strong Super Smash campaigns, in which Auckland's Champman averaged 34.11 runs at a strike-rate of 171.50, and Northern Districts' Seifert averaged 32.30 at 146.81 and was the third leading run scorer in the competition.

Speaking to media today, Larsen spoke highly of the duo, ahead of their first appearances for the Black Caps.

"They're there for a reason," he said.

"They have basically shot the lights out at domestic level in the Super Smash."

"They're very talented, they're explosive players with a lot of x-factor. To me, they're match winners and they need to transfer that onto the next stage."

The Black Caps are next in action against England in Wellington on February 13.

Gavin Larsen threw his support behind new call-ups Mark Chapman and Tim Seifert. Source: 1 NEWS



Listen: Former Black Cap says Kane Williamson, coach Mike Hesson should be dropped from T20 squad

Former Black Cap Simon Doull says current captain Kane Williamson and coach Mike Hesson should be cut from the New Zealand T20 setup, with better specialists required for the team to progress.

After a seven wicket loss to Australia to start the T20 tri-series, Doull told NZME's Radio Sport this morning that the Black Caps are being found out in the shortest form of the game when the pressure is on.

The commentator said while both are fantastic contributors to the team for ODI and Test cricket, a coach and captain with better understanding of Twenty20 strategies needs to be called in.

"If Kane Williamson doesn't open in T20 he shouldn't be playing," Doull said.

"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."

Williamson averages 38 runs as a T20 opener and 22 runs outside of that spot - those numbers were further backed in his latest outing against Australia when he was dismissed for eight runs off 21 delivers batting at three.

Doull said Hesson's axing would finally give the coach some well-earned time off.

New Zealand stormed to an innings and 67 run victory against the West Indies in Wellington. Source: 1 NEWS

"He's a great coach who has done an amazing job, and has really grown into the job," Doull said.

"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."

For replacements, the former medium pace bowler had a couple of names in mind.

Doull said current opener Martin Guptill would "relish the captaincy and responsibility" while someone such as former captain Dan Vettori should be looked to coach the side, having gained experience in the short format from coaching in the BBL and IPL.

"(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."

The Black Caps play their next T20 tri-series match against England in Wellington on February 13.


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Watch: Ranting woman has tantrum at cricket players after exercise routine interrupted for scheduled match

A Sydney woman made sure her thoughts were known to cricket players over the weekend after she threw a tantrum at them when they asked her to leave the field so they could play their scheduled match safely.

The woman was going through an exercise routine when she was interrupted by umpires and asked to get off the playing field at Trumper Oval in Paddington so the the third-grade match between Eastern Suburbs and Campbelltown-Camden could go ahead.

But rather than see the safety side of things, the woman argued she had every right to exercise on the pitch, yelling at officials and players during the toss before yelling more abuse as she left the field.

"This is a cricket field," a player from Eastern Suburbs explains. "We've paid money for this."

"And I don't pay rates?" the woman replied to scoffed laughter from players and spectators on the sideline.

The woman made one more dig before finally leaving the field.

"Bunch of testosterone … get off. Don’t you have any manners?"

Eastern Suburbs player Ollie Pope got the last laugh after he posted a video of the incident to social media with an ingenious caption.

"When all you wanna do is a few sit ups at deep square?"

Eastern Suburbs went on to win the game, defending their total of 225 by skittling Campbelltown-Camden's order for 73.


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