Corey Anderson and Adam Milne still in contention for World Cup: selector Gavin Larsen

Larsen made it clear that there is still time for some water to flow under the bridge.

Corey Anderson
Corey Anderson of New Zealand. (Photo by Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images)

New Zealand’s meteoric rise in the last half a decade has been one of the stories of the century and there were many cricketers who showed glimpses of greatness but failed to carry that forward for a long time. All-rounder Corey Anderson, who once scored the fastest ODI century and Adam Milne, who once was the fastest bowler on the planet, are two such cricketers.

Injuries have been brutally rude on these two cricketers, taking away a lot of their cricketing time. Yet, both of them have been plugging in and are trying their best to stay relevant to the current scenario. The duo received a major confidence boost from selector Gavin Larsen, who said the committee is monitoring them closely.

The 56-year-old selector who previously represented the national side in 121 ODIs, reckons it was disappointing to see them out of the game due to injuries and is pleased to see them get back on track. He also termed both these cricketers as proven match winners and classy players.

“They’re proven international cricketers and both are classy players,” he said as quoted in Stuff. “It’s been really disappointing to watch both of them go through a frustrating period with their injuries. It’s been really pleasing to see them both back on the park. We’re monitoring them closely.”

Still two months left for the squad to be named

Larsen made it clear that there is still time for some water to flow under the bridge. Teams are expected to submit their final 15 member squad list towards the end of March or during the first week of April. The erst-while speedster gave an indication that they are open to some final minute changes.

“I think a really big point here is, there’s been a lot of chat and hype around the World Cup squad, it’s actually still two months before we officially have to name this squad. So there’s still a bit of water to flow under the bridge,” Larsen added.

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