Nuttall has eye on Black Caps

FAST BOWLER: Ed Nuttall could take his wicket-taking ability to the international stage if he can continue his form with the white ball. Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

One of Canterbury’s top pace bowlers is hoping his figures speak for themselves as he pushed his case for Black Caps selection.

Left arm fast bowler, Ed Nuttal, is preparing for three games in the space of four days as the Canterbury Kings Twenty20 season ramps up ahead of the holiday season. The 23-year-old has the lingering thought of a potential Black Caps call up on his mind aswell with the Bangladesh series beginning in Christchurch on Boxing Day.

After the rigours of taking on South Africa, India, Pakistan and Australia in their last four series, Black Caps coach Mike Hesson could see the Bangladesh series as the perfect opportunity to bring some young blood into the squad.

The Black Caps will play Bangladesh in three one-day internationals, three T20’s and two test matches.

“The more I think about it, the more pressure I put on myself so I try not to think about that stuff to much. I just like to win games for Canterbury, that’s the first job. I just try to do that and then hope those performances will take care of any selection opportunities,” said Nuttall.

Nuttall, who is the son of former Canterbury left-arm spinner, Andrew Nuttall, has strong credentials for a Black Caps call up.

Last summer he battled through injury to finish as the Ford Trophy domestic one-day competition’s second leading wicket-taker with 18 at an average of 18.66. His recent form has also been strong for Canterbury. Nuttall was instrumental in Canterbury’s recent win over Auckland in the Plunket Shield, taking five second innings wickets as his side recorded a dramatic 10 run victory. Nuttall has also been part of the New Zealand Cricket winter training squad at Lincoln for the past two years.

Nuttall says part of his success has been helped by the guidance of Shane Bond. The former New Zealand pace bowler has had plenty of success since moving into the coaching ranks.  He is a regular at Canterbury training sessions when he’s not working with the Brisbane Heat in the Australian Big Bash League and Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

“He was awesome last year and gave the bowlers great confidence and clarity through the competition. I had a session with him last week to work on a few technical things but he’s away now in Aussie with the Big Bash so I try to keep in touch through text when I can,” said Nuttall.

“It’s actually a similar start to last year, we had a bit of a slow start and then won about four on the bounce. T20 is such a fickle game, its little margins that make the difference but it’s certainly not panic stations yet. We’ll keep doing the same things, back ourselves and trust the process” said Nuttall.