New Zealand coach Mike Hesson    Getty Images
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson Getty Images

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson has put forth his objectives in the upcoming season of cricket for his team, in view of building for the next World Cup in 2019, ahead of the One-Day International (ODI) series against Zimbabwe and South Africa. The blooding of a core of impressive youngsters is the priority, alongside a series win against both teams, in the contests in Africa from August 2 to August 26. “If we are looking ahead to four years’ time and the next World Cup, this is the perfect opportunity to start that development. Two years ago we did the same with Corey Anderson, James Neesham and Mitch McClenaghan on their first tour,” he said. ALSO READ: Mitchell Santner ruled out of New Zealand squad for Africa tour

According to ESPNCricinfo He also expressed his wish to see young budding cricketers like George Worker and Ben Wheeler making an impact on the international scene to work hard and finally make it big.” He also thinks that this series offered Kane Williamson a classic opportunity to show his calibre and leadership attributes. READ: Kane Williamson replaces McCullum as NZ captain for Zimbabwe, South Africa tours

“We can only make our judgement based on history and last year in the UAE, Kane scored a huge amount of runs and he evolved as a leader throughout the tour. This is another opportunity to continue his development.” Without Trent Boult or Tim Southee for the games, Mitchell McClenaghan, Worker and Adam Milne have been called upon to step up.

“Anyone who bowls at 150km per hour puts a lot of stress on the body and is going to struggle to stay on the park all the time. We accept that and that is what we want to see from Adam. He has had some tough times with an injury that has lingered but he is feeling good. The key for us is to not go too hard too soon with him,” Hesson said. New Zealand will play three ODIs and one T20I in Zimbabwe, and three ODIs and two T20Is in South Africa.