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Cricket: Ronchi wants to open batting

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Latest Cricket News | Wednesday June 12 2013 11:57

Cricket: Ronchi wants to open batting

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Luke Ronchi is adamant he's the man to open the batting for the Black Caps in one-day cricket.

The wicketkeeper/batsman has scored just 31 runs in his first four matches, leading to calls for James Franklin to take his place at the top of the order.

Ronchi says international cricket hasn't been harder than he thought it would be.

"It's just the fact that I haven't been out there long enough. I've been feeling confident and good with my skill set and stuff like that.

"I just need to make the most of an opportunity and bat for longer than sort of half a dozen overs really."

Luke Ronchi says as far as he knows he'll be opening for the Black Caps in tonight's Champions Trophy match against Australia in Birmingham.

Ronchi has told Radio Sport's Tony Veitch he wants to continue to open.

"Obviously haven't put the numbers on the board yet, but I feel confident and I feel like I'm hitting the ball. I'm just obviously not out there long enough to make the most of it.

"So hopefully that can change."

The wicketkeeper expects Daniel Vettori to play despite ongoing problems with his Achilles injury.

The veteran spinner will be assessed ahead of the toss.

But Ronchi has told Tony Veitch that Grant Elliott is the only player who has been ruled out of the match.

"Its looking like he's playing. It's a good thing for us, he's a world class player and he's played a heck load of cricket for New Zealand and brings a lot of seniority to the team, and knowledge."

Australian captain Michael Clarke has been ruled out of the match.

Meanwhile, India has secured a place in the semi-finals with an eight-wicket win over the West Indies in London.

The result ends Pakistan's hopes of getting out of their group.

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