Australia v New Zealand, 2nd Test, Adelaide November 22, 2008

New Zealand call on Patel for Adelaide

Cricinfo staff


Jeetan Patel and Daniel Vettori could bowl in tandem in Adelaide © AFP
 

The offspinner Jeetan Patel will join New Zealand's squad for the second Test starting in Adelaide on Friday. Patel has been named to replace the fast bowler Kyle Mills, who missed out on a spot at the Gabba and will be released so he can play in the State Championship for Auckland this week.

"I was really disappointed not to play here, especially as the conditions up here and the humidity really suit my style of swing bowling," Mills said. "I will go home to get a bit of cricket because if I stayed here and did not play at Adelaide it would have meant three weeks without a game. While I haven't played here I have been working hard in the nets but getting a few games for Auckland will help me get and maintain some rhythm."

It is the only change to the 15-man group that travelled to Brisbane for the first of the two Tests. Peter Fulton and the backup wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins, who joined the squad late, will both head to Adelaide to give the team extra options.

Patel played both Tests on the recent tour of Bangladesh but with Daniel Vettori an automatic selection he was overlooked for the Gabba, where Australia did not play a specialist spinner. Patel has been warming up in the State Championship, where he last week collected four wickets for the match for Canterbury against Wellington.

Squad Aaron Redmond, Jamie How, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (wk), Daniel Flynn, Peter Fulton, Grant Elliott, Gareth Hopkins (wk), Daniel Vettori (capt), Tim Southee, Mark Gillespie, Jeetan Patel, Iain O'Brien, Chris Martin.

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