Debashis Sarangi ∙ Jan 27 2023, 6:30 AM

Craig Cumming expresses deep concern about NZ's persistence towards Finn Allen

image-lde54oabAllen's weakness have been exploited by the bowlers [Source: AP]

When a team undergoes transition, emerging players fill the shoes of the stalwarts. In such a scenario, the fans and experts expect the newcomers to mould themselves in the team and eventually make sure the side doesn't miss the ex-players. 

Similarly, when New Zealand replaced Martin Guptill with Finn Allen, they expected the young guy to take opening batting in white-ball cricket to a whole new level. 

However, unfortunately, despite being given a consistent run, the explosive batter has established himself as a walking wicket in international cricket. 

Ahead of the T20I series against India, former New Zealand cricketer Craig Cumming expressed deep concern about the team's prolonged inclination towards Allen. 

Cumming, who was an opener himself, opined that the BlackCaps must reassess their scouting and introduce only technically sound players to international cricket. 

Here's what Cumming stated

"I'm concerned around the style of cricketers we're trying to produce. I want to produce Devon Conways, I want to produce Kane Williamsons; the guys that have got craft and can bat and they've got more than one (skill),

"Finn Allen at the moment, he's young, he's learning but (he's in a) really important position for us at the top of the order and he seems to be at the moment a one-pace, one-line hitter. I just worry at the moment that Finn's sort of been thrown into that mix where it's one pace, batter up, it's a baseball style mentality; try to hit home runs and that’s all we want."

Allen had a poor ODI series, managing only 40 runs, including two ducks, across three outings. So, given the bowlers have been exploiting his technical shortcomings, it will be interesting to see how long a rope New Zealand give him on the highest level. 

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