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Black Caps player profiles

Published: 1:17PM Tuesday February 27, 2007

Stephen Fleming
 Stephen Fleming



Age: 33
Left-hand batsman
Average: 32.15
Strike rate: 70.93

New Zealand's most experienced and successful captain, Fleming opens the batting in one-day cricket. His unbeaten 134 took New Zealand to victory over South Africa in a 2003 World Cup match and his anchor role is important in a fragile batting lineup. Fleming is an intelligent tactician and fine fielder either at slip or in the inner circle.


Shane Bond
 Shane Bond



Age: 31
Right-arm fast bowler
Average: 19.66
Economy rate: 4.36

Consistently the quickest bowler to represent his country, Bond was the fastest New Zealander to both 50 test and 100 one-day international wickets. He took six for 22 against Australia in the 2003 World Cup and when he is fully fit he can trouble any batting lineup. He has suffered from back, knee and feet injuries and missed more games than he has played.


James Franklin
 James Franklin



Age: 26
Left-arm medium-fast bowler
Economy rate: 5.12

Useful new ball bowler when the ball swings, potentially expensive when it does not. A test century is evidence of his batting ability and he looks capable of eventually holding down a place in the middle order.



Peter Fulton

 Peter Fulton



Age: 28
Right-hand batsman
Average: 35.43
Strike rate: 75.95

A tall middle-order batsman who hit the headlines with a triple century in his second first class season. Played impressively in the 3-0 win over Australia this year after previous patchy form.


Mark Gillespie
 Mark Gillespie



Age: 27
Right-arm fast-medium bowler
Average: 36.11
Economy rate: 5.27

Generates surprising pace from a short, aggressive run-up with a useful yorker. Made his one-day debut against Sri Lanka last year and was subsequently selected for the Champions Trophy.


Brendon McCullum
 Brendon McCullum



Age: 25
Right-hand batsman, wicketkeeper
Average: 23.01
Strike rate: 80.32

Acrobatic wicketkeeper and dangerous attacking batsman with a Caribbean flourish to his strokes and a strike rate of 80. New Zealand have experimented with him at opener but McCullum looks best suited to role as innings 'closer'. 

Craig McMillan
 Craig McMillan



Age: 30
Right-hand batsman, right-arm medium-pace bowler
Average: 27.99
Strike rate: 75.44.
Economy rate: 5.52

Dropped for fitness reasons last year after 55 tests and 175 one-day internationals, McMillan returned for the tri-series against Australia and England this year. He struck 89 against Australia in the tri-series then smashed the fastest one-day hundred by a New Zealander in the third-one day victory back home to show how effective he can be with a range of powerful shots from a limited backlift.


Michael Mason

 Michael Mason



Age: 32
Right-arm fast-medium bowler
Economy rate: 5.23

Accurate line-and-length bowler whose career has been hindered by injuries. Highly rated by coach John Bracewell who has called him a workaholic who is "all work ethic...all enthusiasm".


Jacob Oram  
 Jacob Oram



Age: 28
Right-arm fast-medium bowler, left-hand batsman
Average: 21.93
Strike rate: 80.58
Economy rate: 4.56 

The heir-apparent to Chris Cairns, Oram struck the then fastest one-day century by a New Zealander with a 72-ball 101 against Australia in this year's tri-series along with 54 and 86 against England. A powerful batsman who can smash the ball huge distances, Oram also uses his 1.98-metre height to good effect with deceptively quick deliveries from a leisurely approach. Athletic in the field as befits a schoolboy soccer goalkeeper.


Jeetan Patel

 Jeetan Patel



Age: 26
Right-arm off break bowler
Economy rate: 5.20

Off spin bowler who gives the ball a real rip and can make it jump disconcertingly off the pitch. Made his test debut against South Africa last year and won selection in the Champions Trophy squad. Also a fine fielder.

Scott Styris
 Scott Styris



Age: 31
Right-hand batsman, right-arm medium-pace bowler
Average: 28.59
Strike rate: 77.81
Economy rate: 4.76

Rugged all-rounder who has made the most of his abilities with bat and ball to become an automatic selection. Scores consistently at a good rate at the top of the order and bowls economically, capturing a then New Zealand best of six for 25 against West Indies on his debut tour in 2002.


Ross Taylor
 Ross Taylor



Age: 22
Right-hand batsman
Average: 39.93
Strike rate: 84.01

Caught the eye with his purposeful batting against Sri Lanka last year, including a century at Napier brimming with attacking strokes. Confirmed his fine initial impression with 84 in a losing cause against Australia in this year's tri-series and then made a another excellent hundred in the home series. A splendid catcher close to the wicket or in the outfield.


Daryl Tuffey
 Daryl Tuffey



Age: 28
Right-arm medium-fast bowler
Economy rate: 4.73

Recalled to the New Zealand squad after Kyle Mills was ruled out of the World Cup through injury. A strong, accurate bowler, equally adept in test or one-day internationals, who was a regular member of the side until he was sidelined for two years in 2005 with a damaged shoulder.


Daniel Vettori
 
 Daniel Vettori



Age: 28
Slow left-arm orthodox, left-hand batsman
Economy rate: 4.20
Average: 14.95
Strike rate: 78.50.

New Zealand's youngest test player is fast developing into a genuine all rounder after making his debut as an orthodox left-arm spinner shortly after leaving school. Vettori's deceptive flight and control make him an integral member of the one-day attack and he is an increasingly effective striker of the ball square of the wicket late in the innings. Being groomed to take over from Fleming as national skipper.


Lou Vincent
 Lou Vincent



Age: 28
Right-hand batsman
Average: 28.07
Strike rate: 69.69

Made the most of his opportunity when he was recalled to the national team to open the innings after Nathan Astle's unexpected decision to retire during the tri-series with Australia and England, scoring 76 against England and 90 against Australia at opener. Batted equally well in the home series against Australia. An aggressive strokemaker and brilliant fielder who has struggled for consistency.


John Bracewell

 John Bracewell



Age: 48
Coach

An attacking off spinner with the mentality of a fast bowler, Bracewell was also a useful tailend batsman who became an essential member of New Zealand's fine 1980s side which recorded series victories over all the other test countries.
After retiring from test cricket, Bracewell turned to coaching with Gloucestershire who dominated English one-day cricket at the time. He took over as New Zealand coach in September, 2003.