England won’t be complacent against New Zealand, insists Geoff Miller
England selector Geoff Miller says Andy Flower and Ashley Giles won't stand for any complacency against New Zealand in May
England selector Geoff Miller is adamant that Alastair Cook’s side will be focused for next month’s Test series with New Zealand ahead of a busy international summer.
The Kiwis arrive on these shores on the back of securing a somewhat surprising draw with England over the winter but Miller is confident that the hosts won’t show any complacency towards their opponents when the series starts on 16 May.
“Andy Flower wouldn’t allow anything less than that, or (limited-overs head coach) Ashley Giles from a one-day point of view,” Miller told ecb.co.uk.
“They are very strong on discipline and organisation. Preparation has been a vital factor in our success over the last four or five years and that’s not going to change.”
The sides will play two Test matches before a one-day series, and Miller underlined the importance of the contests with Brendan McCullum’s side ahead of the Champions Trophy, on home turf, and the hotly-anticipated Ashes.
“We look forward to it all, and we take one at a time.
“The first thing is the New Zealand Tests. From our point of view, and the players will accept this, we underperformed in New Zealand, so we have to rectify that with New Zealand coming over here.
“We have to keep an eye on the Champions Trophy as well. We’ve named the 30, which goes down to 15 in three weeks’ time, and then there’s the Ashes.
“So you’ve got to be in control of each aspect of it, keeping control of the further future as well as the present, which we do.”
Meanwhile, Miller expects injured trio Graeme Swann, Tim Bresnan and Kevin Pietersen to make a full recovery ahead of the first Test at Lord’s in a little over a month.
Off-spinner Swann and Yorkshire’s Bresnan have both been recovering from elbow surgery, while Pietersen underwent a knee operation.
“It was a nasty injury for Kevin but it’s been rectified and the medical staff will continue with that. He’ll be fine,” added Miller.
“I talked to Graeme Swann the other night and he’s fine and Bressie will be starting with Yorkshire very soon. For the medical staff as well as the playing staff it is full on to make sure everyone is fit.” He concluded.
Cook’s England are currently second in the ICC Test rankings behind South Africa.