New Zealand Can Reach World Cup Final, Says Coach Mike Hesson

Updated: 09 January 2015 17:58 IST

New Zealand have never made it to the World Cup final. They have entered the semis six times.

New Zealand Can Reach World Cup Final, Says Coach Mike Hesson
File photo of the New Zealand cricket team. © AFP

Wellington:

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has said the 15-member strong squad selected for next month's cricket World Cup possesses the right mix of youth and experience to realise the Kiwis' dream of entering the finals.

"I think within the squad we've got an ability to adapt to different conditions and I don't think we'll be rolling out the same 11 every game, depending on the surfaces we face," Hesson was quoted as saying by cricket.com au on Friday.

"The fact we've got two spinners in the squad gives us options, the fact we've got guys with genuine pace means we can attack different sides in different ways."

Grant Elliot's inclusion raised eyebrows as the all-rounder hasn't played for the national team since November 2013, but Hesson justified his recall saying he provides the team multiple options which they require.

"Grant has performed well in New Zealand and Australian conditions. He's in good form, he's able to offer us a bowling option, and he's experienced," he said.

"He's also got a bit of craft about him in terms of how he handles the ball - he's a welcome addition to the squad."

Skipper Brendon McCullum said it was exciting to see the squad coming together, with just over five weeks until their first game against Sri Lanka at Hagley Oval in Christchurch Feb 14.

"On paper, it's without doubt the strongest team I've certainly been involved with heading into a World Cup," he said.

"But games aren't won on paper, so we've got to make sure we're able to transfer the look of our squad to performance out on the field."

Topics : New Zealand World Cup 2015 Cricket
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