New Zealand Cricket have a tough decision to make. Daniel Vettori has told the public that he will step down as captain if that’s what’s good for the team. This after the Blackcap’s horrible series loss to Bangladesh. This means that there is a vacant spot for someone to fill.
Brendon McCullum is the Blackcaps stand in captain, however he is not the vice-captain. He would be the obvious choice to step up when Daniel Vettori steps down. But a captain should be someone who leads from the front. McCullum has a low average of 34.90 in test matches and 28.77 in ODI’s. For someone who is now releasing his wicket keeping role, his batting stats are going to have to improve.
Ross Taylor is New Zealand’s vice-captain. He would be a good long term option for captain as he is only 26 years of age. Taylor has played 25 tests and 88 ODI’s showing that he is an experienced player despite his young age. As far as leading from the front is concerned, Taylor has it covered, he has an average of 43.13 in tests and 36.02 in ODI’s. He is debatably New Zealand’s best batter in recent years, however his maturity has sometimes been questioned. He is also a good fielder, 45 catches in 25 test matches, 63 catches in 88 games in ODI’s. Ross Taylor has not had a lot of experience as a captain however because Jamie How captains his domestic team.
Grant Elliot is a lesser known captain in New Zealand. He has recently been appointed as the Wellington firebirds captain for the 2010/2011 season, taking over from Mathew Bell. Elliot has played 5 tests and 35 ODI’s for the Blackcaps. Grant is 31 years old and has had a career hampered by injury. He has come back from these injuries and is now becoming a regular in the New Zealand ODI team.
New Zealand are always looking for opening batsmen, so why not bring in Jamie How, an opening batsman and captain of the Central Stags. How is 29 years of age, he should still have 5-6 years of cricket to come. How has played 19 test matches and 31 ODI’s with averages of 22.70 in tests and 34.44 in ODI’s. Jamie How has never had a permanent role in the Blackcaps side and many feel that he is a better batsman than what his stats show.
These players definitely have their faults but they are also definite candidates for the captaincy role. New Zealand need someone who is going to lead from the front, who can take charge, who is going to be consistent with everything from personal performance to team selection and everything in between.
Article by Cameron Beck