New Zealand in Australia 2011-12 November 16, 2011

Ryder, Southee back to face Australia

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New Zealand have recalled the batsman Jesse Ryder and the swing bowler Tim Southee from injuries in the 13-man squad to tour Australia for two Tests in December.

The team features 10 of the players who took part in the Test match against Zimbabwe earlier this month, with the young paceman Trent Boult in the squad after recovering from a stress fracture of the back.

Ryder and Southee missed the Zimbabwe Test, but are on course to be fit in time for the first match of the visit to Australia, a four-day match against Australia A in Brisbane from November 24.

Southee was out of action due to a knee cartilage problem, and the national selection manager Kim Littlejohn had said that his recovery would be carefully managed to ensure he was fit for the matches against Australia.

A calf strain caused Ryder to miss Zimbabwe, prompting the captain Ross Taylor to suggest the left-hander might give up his part-time bowling.

Littlejohn said the squad may yet be bolstered with another seamer, pending domestic performances. The batsman BJ Watling will join the tour later than the rest in order to play another match for the Northern Knights against the Otago Volts.

"In choosing our squad we decided to go with 13 players and will consider adding another seamer before the first Test," Littlejohn said. "That will largely depend on how the players pull up after the warm-up match.

"It is pleasing to provide Trent with an opportunity. He is a promising young bowler and deserves his place in the squad after impressing at the NZC Fast Bowling Camp during the winter and making a strong start to the Plunket Shield.

"We have decided to allow BJ Watling to play in the third round of Plunket Shield to give him maximum game time. We did not plan on selecting him for the warm-up match against Australia A and feel it is more beneficial to keep him playing cricket.

"The side for the First-Class warm-up fixture against Australia A will be chosen from the remaining 12 players."

Jeetan Patel, the offspinner, was the major omission from the squad, the selectors preferring to name an extra pace bowler for the early season series.

The first Test of the series is in Brisbane from December 1 to 5.

Squad: Ross Taylor (capt), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Reece Young.

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  • gothetaniwha on November 19, 2011, 19:08 GMT

    Age is just a number if he,s (Milne) good enough he should pick , he,s obviosly quick enough 150+ ,Aussie has just picked Cummins an 18 year old with no experience . play him i say

  • Kiranraj007 on November 18, 2011, 8:33 GMT

    BJ Watling.. not sure why he is selected.. I think Jamie How and Daniel Flynn are far more competent players. Also i fail to understand why James Franklin cannot make it to this new zealand team. Ideally i would also have McCullum keeping..my team would be Guptill, How, Williamson, Taylor, Ryder, franklin, Mccullum, Vettori, Southee, Martin, Boulte/Bracewell...

  • dummy4fb on November 18, 2011, 6:28 GMT

    Milne has played a grand total of 5 First Class matches and you think he is ready for Australia? Much like Boult, it's going to be at least a year or two until he's ready. Throwing him in just because he can bowl 145-150kmph is pointless. Australians are not strangers to pace bowling. We need to wait until Milne is a genuine and proven wicket taker.

  • stickywicketnick on November 17, 2011, 9:35 GMT

    Great another 2 test series in Australia where we get to watch Martin get no swing and hardly break the 130k mark.

    If Mckay didn't get picked because of his Wellington figures why did Martin get selected? If he can't even take the wickets of Canterbury batsmen how is he going to get Australian wickets on an even flatter pitch?

    I am beginning to think BJ Watling has been giving what his name suggests to get selected, because a average of just over 33 surely can't warrant test selection.

    Would be nice to see the selectors take a punt on Milne, just so NZ audiences can watch pace bowling and not have to fear for out own batsmen for once.

  • choppa13 on November 17, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Martins time is surely up if he dosnt do something spectacular this tour with the up and comming youngsters(145 km/h) on the rise martin,mills,tuffey and co(who struggle to bowl 130 km) are out its in with the new and out with the old. just like the batting all young and are showing great promise especially kane.

  • Sulli001 on November 17, 2011, 3:37 GMT

    Frankly, unless NZ can score +500 an innings they have no chance, simply because the bowling attack is limited in Aust conditions. Martin has a shocking record against Aust. I predict Aust will bat themselves into form, and NZ will struggle to post scores in excess of 300.

  • gothetaniwha on November 17, 2011, 3:32 GMT

    Can,t wait to hear bill and richie say about young Williamson 284 no yesterday ,the batting looks good for the future young have no fear ,heres hoping Wright picks young Milne as the other quick bowler (still one to be added) and unleashes him at the Gabba sight unseen to the Aussies , time to pension off Mills ,Martin and co and pick the youngsters ,nothing to lose .

  • Kiwi-Jake on November 17, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    @spence1324 oh didn't know that, I just assumed. If that's the case then it's bizarre that we have players and coaches complaining about the lack of tests when it's our own board that decides them.

  • Rar0 on November 16, 2011, 23:23 GMT

    To be honest. I think this is one of the best test squads NZ has selected in a long time. A good mixture of experience and youth. Williamson is the future of NZ batting and Southee, Bracewell and Boult the bowling. Brownlie and Guptil are in great form in the plunket shield (both scoring big hundreds). My ideal team would be: McCullum, Guptil, Williamson, Taylor, Ryder, Brownlie, Vettori, Young, Bracewell, Southee, Boult... But I believe martin will get that final spot due to his experience

  • spence1324 on November 16, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    @Kiwi-jake no bilateral test series are agreed between respective boards,who agree on number of matches to be played, and when thay take place etc,look at the back to back ashes series in 2013 between england and Australia agreed through both boards not ICC or BCCI.

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