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More measured Devcich back in Black Caps

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 14/10/2016

<p>Black Caps cricketer Anton Devcich</p> © AP Images

Black Caps cricketer Anton Devcich

A year older and wiser, Anton Devcich is hoping a more measured approach will pay dividends for him on his recall to the Black Caps ODI team in India.

It's been nearly two years since the 31-year-old left-armer played limited overs cricket for New Zealand, and he's made a few changes to his game in that time.

"I think I'm definitely a little bit more mature - I was probably a little bit trigger-happy back in the day when I was playing last," he said.

"I left the team under injury, so it's just good to be back with the boys and see what the new culture's all about."

Devcich is confident he's well prepared for the upcoming five-match series which begins on Sunday (NZT) in Dharamsala.

"During the winter I went over to the CPL and played on some slow wickets over there - that was probably the best preparation I could have had," he said.

"Especially with the different types of wickets we face, the West Indies have similar climates and similar pitches, and a lot of spin bowling.

"Just getting the experience of facing different players in different environments hopefully holds me in good stead."

After his stint with Trinbago Knight Riders, Devcich returned to New Zealand and knuckled down with a block of conditioning and technical work on spin indoors.

He also a managed a couple of games for a New Zealand 11 against a national winter squad, and is feeling confident heading into the Black Caps five ODIs over the next two weeks.

Twelve members of the Test squad will stay on for the ODIs, with Corey Anderson and Tim Southee joining Devcich as new arrivals.

Although the Black Caps were thumped 3-0 in the Test series, by margins of 197, 178 and 321 runs, Devcich has no doubt the team will be competitive in the ODI format.

"Although we didn't pick up any victories, I think the boys got a lot of experience out of that.

"You look at our team - across the board we've got world class players. We've got two world class batsmen ranked very highly in the ODI form, we've got top 10 spinners, we've got new young spinners, and a couple of all-rounders as well.

"If we can do the things we want to do well, I'm sure we'll be very, very competitive."

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