Tim Seifert, the wicketkeeper, narrowly missed out on a place in the New Zealand squad for the forthcoming ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, with the uncapped Tom Blundell getting the nod instead.
The spirited batsman said that he was “gutted” at existence left out, but at the same time renowned he would use the rebuff as a tool of incentive to establish a place for himself in the 50-over format. His wicket-keeping counterpart, Blundell, is enhanced known for his exploits in the extended format. The fact can be shown by the fact that he averages 37.74 in first-class cricket likened to 23.84 in List A cricket. He also split a hundred on his Test against the West Indies in 2017.
On the other side, Seifert gave a sight of his showpieces with a blazing 43-ball 84 against India in the first T20I in Wellington. On his part, Gary Stead, the NZ coach, designated that Blundell’s ‘keeping skills helped him to win a place in the set-up.
“At the end of the day I did not make the CWC so you are always going to be cleaned,” he told Stuff on Monday, April 8. “Tom Blundell is one of my best mates and even though we are fighting for the same position, if there’s talk around the wicketkeeper there’s always probably going to be me and him involved. Getting permission for those SL ODI games, in the back of the mind I thought I had a little step ahead of him.
“Everyone has got a bit to work on. Even skipper Kane Williamson is still working on his batting. It’s not like a ruin. I for myself don’t think I am far away from Tom Blundell with my keeping work. I have certainly used this selection as fire in the belly and will work hard so I can be up to that level. It’s stripping, but at the end of the day, it is what it is. There’s still a lot of further cricket to come,” he noted.
Siefert also wounded the little finger on his right hand on the last day of the domestic season cricket while playing for Northern Districts. The injury has all but lined him out of action for the future unofficial one-day matches versus a full-strength Australian XI in Brisbane.
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