19 May 2015

Third seamer debate for Black Caps

8:10 am on 19 May 2015

Who to pick as the third seam bowler appears to be the only selection conundrum facing the New Zealand cricket coach Mike Hesson before the first test against England at Lord's.

New Zealand's Matt Henry and Grant Elliott celebrate a wicket during the Cricket World Cup Final.

New Zealand's Matt Henry and Grant Elliott celebrate a wicket during the Cricket World Cup Final. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Opening batsman Martin Guptill's 150 in yesterday's victory over Worcestershire in the New Zealanders final warm-up game should ensure he gets a test recall, joining Tom Latham at the top of the order.

Spinner Mark Craig and all-rounder Corey Anderson will provide bowling options alongside the opening pace pair of Tim Southee and Trent Boult, leaving incumbent Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner and Matt Henry fighting for the final seamers spot.

The 23-year-old Henry took five wickets in the win over Worcester and Hesson says he's in impressive form.

"He came into the World Cup and we thought he was that good that we put him straight into the semi-final, so we think on his day he's very good."

"But as I said Doug (Bracewell) played the last test for us and did a good job and Neil's (Wagner) played a lot for us over the last couple of years and never let us down once so it's going to be a tough call."

The first test at Lord's starts late on Thursday night (NZ time).

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