Wilson included in New Zealand squad
Jeff Wilson has been included in New Zealand's 13-man squad to play Australia in a one-off Twenty20 international on February 17 at Eden Park in Auckland. The line-up also includes Craig McMillan, who performed impressively in a one-day match between North Island and South Island earlier on Sunday.
Wilson, a former All Blacks rugby star, has played four one-day internationals, all of them against Australia back in the 1992-93 season. He was a controversial inclusion in the New Zealand team for the three-match series against the FICA World XI last month, but justified his selection with good performances in all three games, taking five wickets, including 3 for 6 in the last match at Hamilton.
John Bracewell, the New Zealand coach, suggested that psychological points would be up for grabs in the first match of the tour, which also includes five one-day internationals and three Tests "Both teams are well aware of what the other can do and know each others' strengths and weaknesses," he said, "but the Twenty20 match might be a chance to get first psychological points with a long series ahead."
The squad for the first two ODIs - at Wellington and Christchurch - will be announced on Tuesday.
New Zealand squad for Twenty20 international
Stephen Fleming (capt), Nathan Astle, Hamish Marshall, Mathew Sinclair, Craig McMillan, Scott Styris, Chris Cairns, Brendon McCullum (wk), Andre Adams, Daniel Vettori, Jeff Wilson, Kyle Mills, Daryl Tuffey.