Doull: Williamson, Hesson need to be removed from T20 set-up

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Simon Doull: “I don’t think we are getting the selections right – I’ve had some concerns for a while”

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Former New Zealand pace bowler Simon Doull believes that the Black Caps will benefit from not having captain Kane Williamson and head coach Mike Hesson in the Twenty20 International set-up.

Doull feels that Hesson needs more breaks and should thus stick to coaching the Test and ODI squads, while someone who is known for being more of a limited overs specialist should take over as captain.

With that in mind, Doull pointed out that Martin Guptill should replace Williamson, while former left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori, who coaches in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and Big Bash League (BBL), should become New Zealand’s Twenty20 coach.

“I don’t think we are getting the selections right – I’ve had some concerns for a while,” Doull told Radio Sport Breakfast as quoted by The New Zealand Herald. “I would like to see Colin de Grandhomme batting higher but it is the selections, not the batting order (which is the problem). We want dynamic players and should be giving them an opportunity at T20 level.

“If Kane Williamson doesn’t open in T20 he shouldn’t be playing. His record opening is very good, at three and four it’s not that great. But he shouldn’t be in the T20 side, there’s a lot shouldn’t be in the T20 side.

As for Hesson, Doull said: “He’s a great coach who has done an amazing job, and has really grown into the job. But he gets very little time off, only a small amount of time with his family. Give him T20 completely off, get a new coach, new ideas, a new bunch of players.

“He probably needs to have played the game to understand it a bit better. The Northern Knights had Gareth Hopkins solely as their T20 coach and he played until recently. The rest of the coaches around the country are a bit older, out of touch with T20.”

In regards to the ongoing T20 tri-series, which involves Australia, New Zealand and England, Doull admitted that England are favourites to win, but added that he has been highly impressed with the new faces Australia have included in their side.

“They’ve got guys with great slower balls, variations, long batting power,” he said. “It is a very, very good T20 side and I can see Australia upsetting England.”

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