Thursday, February 22, 2024

Uncapped Will O’Rourke prone to play forward of Neil Wagner in second Check towards South Africa


New Zealand captain Tim Southee has indicated that uncapped fast William O’Rourke has “an excellent probability” to make his Check debut on Tuesday, once they host South Africa for the second Check in Hamilton.
Within the opening Check in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand fielded a three-man tempo assault as an alternative of their standard 4, that includes Southee, Matt Henry and Kyle Jamieson. With Hamilton anticipated to supply a bit of bit extra tempo and bounce, and seam-bowling all-round choice Daryl Mitchell dominated out, will probably be a toss-up between Neil Wagner and O’Rourke for the fourth fast’s spot.

“There is a good probability, he is within the 13,” Southee stated of O’Rourke. “Neil’s been across the group as properly and been an excellent performer for us for an extended time frame.

“It is nice to have these selections to be made. Will’s an thrilling expertise and has had a bit of style of worldwide cricket, and I am certain he has a brilliant future within the highest degree as properly.”

O’Rourke made his worldwide debut through the dwelling ODI sequence towards Bangladesh final December. He picked up 5 wickets in three matches. Southee stated that at 6’4, O’Rourke is a “massive and tall man” very very like Jamieson.

“His strengths are clearly his top and skill to extract bounce,” Southee stated. “Being a giant, tall man he is not too dissimilar to KJ [Jamieson]. He is bought abilities with the ball as properly. He is bought the instruments to be an excellent bowler and somebody who I am certain will thrive at this degree.”

“Will’s in all probability performed a bit extra cricket than I had [at his age],” he added. “He is bought an excellent head on his shoulders.

“He is a reasonably mature man from what I’ve seen of him. He is had a bit of style already, so he is aware of what to anticipate, however you simply get pleasure from it and keep on with what you have accomplished that has bought you right here.”

Wagner performed his earlier Check nearly a 12 months in the past, in Christchurch towards Sri Lanka. The 37-year-old has featured in 63 Exams and brought 258 wickets.

“It isn’t simply Neil, it is any man who misses out, it is not a pleasant place to be,” Southee stated. “You need to be on the market, representing your nation, however the actuality is it is skilled sport, and there is solely 11 guys that may exit and play the sport.

“Often, [coach] Gary [Stead] will break the information after which I will comply with up with a little bit of chat as properly. It isn’t the nicest a part of the job, however the guys are fairly understanding.”

That aside, Southee additionally confirmed that Will Younger will begin instead of Mitchell, who’s recovering from a longstanding foot damage. Younger has performed 13 Exams and scored 582 runs, together with six half-centuries.

“We can have one other look tomorrow, however with Daryl Mitchell not being right here, Will Younger will slip into the center order. We’ll determine on the ultimate make-up of the bowling assault within the morning, after one remaining have a look at the wicket.

“You have a look at the steadiness you want throughout the 5 days and decide based on that.”

New Zealand lead the two-match sequence 1-0, after beating South Africa by 281 runs within the opener.

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