Cricket World Cup 2019: Selection dilemmas for Blackcaps for opener

The Blackcaps bowlers have had a cruel reminder of what a high scoring World Cup will mean for them, after their  91-run loss to the West Indies in their final warm-up game.

The game has thrown up some interesting selection dilemmas ahead of the opening match against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

On a belter in Bristol the West Indies batsmen cashed in, but captain Kane Williamson hoping the onslaught could ultimately benefit them.

"Although you want things to go your way," said Williamson. "In terms of a great warm up game, it was a great hit out."

The result is in marked contrast to the bowler-friendly Oval, when Trent Boult spearheaded the win over India.

"When it flattens out unfortunately our swing bowlers become along the wicket bowlers and get whacked," said Mark Richardson. "And we have to chase big totals and we have to make big totals if wickets are flat."

The pursuit of the 422-run started badly, meaning the debate over who should open at the World Cup is no clearer.

After scoring a century in his first test, now he's got one in his white ball debut for the Blackcaps as well.

"That feels pretty good," said  Blundell. "Good to get time in the middle and it was a great day. Happy to get a hundred."

Will he now leap-frog top string wicket-keeper Tom Latham who's recovering from a finger injury?

"I can't reveal that sort of information," said Williamson.

So more questions than answers, and only three days out from the Cup opener against Sri Lanka in Cardiff.


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