Munro fireworks likely to cement selection

Colin Munro’s thunderous innings against Sri Lanka will be difficult for New Zealand’s selectors to ignore when they settle on their team for the World Twenty20 tournament, says captain Kane Williamson.


Munro was virtually on trial in the series, which the Black Caps won 2-0, and he made the most with two key innings, including Sunday’s record-breaking 50 off 14 balls at Eden Park.

The left-hander blitzed the second-fastest half-century by any player in the shortened form to cap a nine-wicket win.

It followed a more cultivated 36 off 26 in the three-run win at Mt Maunganui on Thursday.

Williamson’s unbeaten 32 in Auckland was shunted firmly into the background as fellow opener Martin Guptill (63 off 25) and Munro unleashed their two-man highlight reel on the way to 1-147 off 10 overs.

“Geez, it was incredible,” Williamson said.

“After our first half, I don’t know what those two were thinking but I thought it was going to be a scrap.

“We’ve seen Guppy do it all summer and to see Munners out-do him was pretty special. It was certainly unbelievable to watch.”

Williamson isn’t on the selection panel, but he hinted Munro is a good chance to be on the plane to India for the World T20 in March.

The 28-year-old has blasted domestic attacks this summer, but only been a sporadic member of New Zealand sides in the last three years.

“You want to pick match-winners,” Williamson said.

“Certain guys in certain areas, we see that it could benefit the team and the sort of cricket that we want to play.”

Munro says his innings, which featured seven sixes, is an example of what can be achieved when the mind is clear and not compromised by thoughts of premeditated shots.

He was pleased to play two different types innings at first drop, showing his promotion up the order was warranted.

“The innings at the Mount was a lot more mature than I’ve played in the past, where I probably would have thrown my wicket away,” he said.

“Here, I was waiting for the ball to be in the zone, watching the ball hard and swinging hard.

“I’ve shown glimpses of what I can do and it was pleasing to do it on the international stage, rather than just domestic level.”