New Zealand in England 2013 May 20, 2013

Injured Martin ruled out of tour

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Bruce Martin, the New Zealand left-arm spinner, will miss the rest of the England tour as a result of a calf injury he sustained during the first Test at Lord's which means Daniel Vettori could return to the Test side for the first time in 10 months. Neither Martin or wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who New Zealand remain "hopeful" will play the second Test, took the field on the fourth day during England's second innings, although both batted as the tourists were dismissed for 68 to lose by 170 runs.

Vettori will arrive a day ahead of the rest of the ODI squad as a potential replacement for Martin for the second Test at Headingley, which begins on Friday. Vettori has been at the IPL but did not play a single game for Bangalore Royal Challengers and his fitness will be assessed. Jeetan Patel, the offspinner currently playing county cricket for Warwickshire, is another option for New Zealand.

The morning after New Zealand were humbled, the coach Mike Hesson was left to assess the injury situation. "Daniel's come over 24 hours earlier for us to have a chance to have a look at him," he said. "We won't be pushing Dan if he's not ready but if he is we'd certainly love to have him."

"He's done plenty of bowling in the last couple of months in the IPL, albeit in the nets. He's got through plenty of work. But it's a matter of whether we think he's going to be able to get through five days of a test match. We won't risk Dan for the sake of a test. But in saying that it is an important Test for us."

Vettori's previous Test appearance came on the tour of the Caribbean last July since when he has suffered a string of injuries - the most serious being an Achilles problem - with his only international outings being at last year's World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka.

No wicketkeeping back-up has been requested for Watling, with Tom Latham an option within the squad. Brendon McCullum took the gloves at Lord's, although he has not kept wicket in a full Test since 2010 and already has plenty of responsibilities as captain and batsman. Watling was not selected for the ODI leg of the tour, in which Luke Ronchi, the former Australia wicketkeeper, is expected to make his New Zealand debut but Hesson said that Ronchi was unlikely to feature at Headingley.

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  • regofpicton on May 23, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    If McCullum hasn't been keeping recently because his knees were a problem the idea of him keeping now makes my blood run cold. The boys are bound to be down, meaning the poms could bat for two whole days at Headingley. Result: McCullum out of the tour. If Ronchi is half as good as his write ups he should have been called up before now.

    As for Cricketing Stargazer's comments on Williamson's action, I don't think anyone here has heard about this. But if there is a real problem then there is a real problem, which will not be solved by thinking it can be concealed by only sneaking him on for the odd over. One really dodgy delivery in super-slow-motion and he's a marked man! Frankly, I don't believe it. With the poms on the ropes in NZ, if there had been a genuine issue someone would have complained for sure.

    Yes Vettori would surely help the batting, but if he is picked it has to be for his bowling. Fixing the batting should happen up at numbers 1-6. Rosco, we need you!!

  • on May 22, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    If you're gonna pick Vettori now pick him from the start; his record is of course far greater than Martin or any other spinner. If you've moved on from him, don't go back to him.

    I don't agree with Guptil, his technique in tests have been poor. Give Latham a go. I don't think Baz will want to keep so better call Ronchi if Watling can't make it.

    We all thought Rutherford and Fulton were going to be a solid combination up the top for a while but if they carry on like this the performances in NZ will just go down as flukes. Though, Rutherford is young and aggressive so give him a bit of time.

    I wouldn't read too much into the collapse, woeful and disappointing, yes, but I think Broad and Anderson were just awesome. There's nothing wrong with giving England credit sometimes, you know.

  • on May 21, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    I cant believe that Ronchi didnt play in this test,and now after a batting disaster they wont pick him for the next test? NZ selectors are incompetant.

  • on May 21, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Play Vettori and Guptill, move everyone down a slot to fit in Guptill (at 3). McCullum can keep

  • pt_pt on May 21, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Playing Vettori is a must, no questions there. If MacCullam is happy to keep, then bring in Guptil as the extra batsman. If not, go with Ronchi. Keeping is a very important part of a team, we saw BJ's catches in the first test what a difference a good kepper makes.

  • BellCurve on May 21, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    With the ball in 65 Tests, Vettori averages 43.86 against the Big4 (SA, Aus, Eng and Ind - i.e. the teams that have been ranked No1 in recent years). That's well below average. Moreover, he has been injured and lack game time at the highest level. He is highly likely to be ineffective against England.

  • AKS286 on May 21, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    I think Guptill should replace Brownlie. Guptill is more experienced & technically ahead than Brownlie. Guptill will make middle order more resistant. where is RJ Nicol ? Fulton, Rutherford, Taylor, Guptill, Williamson, B MacCullum, Ronchi, N.MacCullum, Southee, Wagner, Boult.

  • CricketingStargazer on May 21, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    @Jono Makim That was exactly my point. Play him as a part-time,r bowling just a few overs and no one is particularly going to make a fuss even if the odd one slips out unless it really is outrageous. Play him as your principal spinner and make him bowl 25 overs and you take a risk that he will come under much greater scrutiny.

    I was wondering if any of the NZ fans knew if he had had his action worked on since his spell for Gloucestershire to try and iron-out the kinks.

  • SameOld on May 21, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Vettori in, if fit. No question there. He's a bit of a liability as a fielder, but he is the only player in the frame with the potential to contribute with both bat and ball.

    The keeper is a tougher call. Why wasn't Ronchi called up as cover? A question for the ages. Without him, the question becomes go with Guptill, and risk Baz's back, or give Latham a taste of Test cricket? I honestly don't know which option is better (or, more to the point, worse). Hopefully, BJ makes a full recovery in time.

    And yes, I realise that we're probably rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic.

  • on May 21, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    NZ were competitive against ENG at home but the English conditions is an entirely different "kettle of fish". Vettori being an allrounder will be a bonus for NZ. Only if he is fit.

  • regofpicton on May 23, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    If McCullum hasn't been keeping recently because his knees were a problem the idea of him keeping now makes my blood run cold. The boys are bound to be down, meaning the poms could bat for two whole days at Headingley. Result: McCullum out of the tour. If Ronchi is half as good as his write ups he should have been called up before now.

    As for Cricketing Stargazer's comments on Williamson's action, I don't think anyone here has heard about this. But if there is a real problem then there is a real problem, which will not be solved by thinking it can be concealed by only sneaking him on for the odd over. One really dodgy delivery in super-slow-motion and he's a marked man! Frankly, I don't believe it. With the poms on the ropes in NZ, if there had been a genuine issue someone would have complained for sure.

    Yes Vettori would surely help the batting, but if he is picked it has to be for his bowling. Fixing the batting should happen up at numbers 1-6. Rosco, we need you!!

  • on May 22, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    If you're gonna pick Vettori now pick him from the start; his record is of course far greater than Martin or any other spinner. If you've moved on from him, don't go back to him.

    I don't agree with Guptil, his technique in tests have been poor. Give Latham a go. I don't think Baz will want to keep so better call Ronchi if Watling can't make it.

    We all thought Rutherford and Fulton were going to be a solid combination up the top for a while but if they carry on like this the performances in NZ will just go down as flukes. Though, Rutherford is young and aggressive so give him a bit of time.

    I wouldn't read too much into the collapse, woeful and disappointing, yes, but I think Broad and Anderson were just awesome. There's nothing wrong with giving England credit sometimes, you know.

  • on May 21, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    I cant believe that Ronchi didnt play in this test,and now after a batting disaster they wont pick him for the next test? NZ selectors are incompetant.

  • on May 21, 2013, 10:36 GMT

    Play Vettori and Guptill, move everyone down a slot to fit in Guptill (at 3). McCullum can keep

  • pt_pt on May 21, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Playing Vettori is a must, no questions there. If MacCullam is happy to keep, then bring in Guptil as the extra batsman. If not, go with Ronchi. Keeping is a very important part of a team, we saw BJ's catches in the first test what a difference a good kepper makes.

  • BellCurve on May 21, 2013, 7:16 GMT

    With the ball in 65 Tests, Vettori averages 43.86 against the Big4 (SA, Aus, Eng and Ind - i.e. the teams that have been ranked No1 in recent years). That's well below average. Moreover, he has been injured and lack game time at the highest level. He is highly likely to be ineffective against England.

  • AKS286 on May 21, 2013, 6:58 GMT

    I think Guptill should replace Brownlie. Guptill is more experienced & technically ahead than Brownlie. Guptill will make middle order more resistant. where is RJ Nicol ? Fulton, Rutherford, Taylor, Guptill, Williamson, B MacCullum, Ronchi, N.MacCullum, Southee, Wagner, Boult.

  • CricketingStargazer on May 21, 2013, 6:45 GMT

    @Jono Makim That was exactly my point. Play him as a part-time,r bowling just a few overs and no one is particularly going to make a fuss even if the odd one slips out unless it really is outrageous. Play him as your principal spinner and make him bowl 25 overs and you take a risk that he will come under much greater scrutiny.

    I was wondering if any of the NZ fans knew if he had had his action worked on since his spell for Gloucestershire to try and iron-out the kinks.

  • SameOld on May 21, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Vettori in, if fit. No question there. He's a bit of a liability as a fielder, but he is the only player in the frame with the potential to contribute with both bat and ball.

    The keeper is a tougher call. Why wasn't Ronchi called up as cover? A question for the ages. Without him, the question becomes go with Guptill, and risk Baz's back, or give Latham a taste of Test cricket? I honestly don't know which option is better (or, more to the point, worse). Hopefully, BJ makes a full recovery in time.

    And yes, I realise that we're probably rearranging deckchairs on the Titanic.

  • on May 21, 2013, 2:34 GMT

    NZ were competitive against ENG at home but the English conditions is an entirely different "kettle of fish". Vettori being an allrounder will be a bonus for NZ. Only if he is fit.

  • SixFourOut on May 21, 2013, 0:35 GMT

    The Kiwis were always stronger when they had 7,8,9 who could bat well. Having no Oram or Vettori to come in down the order has left them completely out of their depth.

    Half the team runs used to come from number 6 downwards. Now, they have a brittle top order and no lower order batting. Frankly Rutherford is all hype. Look at his international record, he got all his runs in one innings, which contain so many dropped catches that Murali could have scored a big hundred. Then he did nothing in the one dayers. These guys need Vettori, Guptil and Ryder.

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on May 21, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    Vettori to the rescue. Part XXXI.

  • on May 20, 2013, 22:59 GMT

    ronchi in for watling. dont care if bj is fit. ronchi is a far better keeper and miles ahead in the batting department as well. i wonder why ronchi is not playing in the tests? NO jeetan patel. he is total arse.

  • landl47 on May 20, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer: interesting comment re: Swann. I was anticipating that he would have a big role to play in the 4th innings, given how Williamson was turning the ball- the one that got Trott was a beauty. The issue never arose because Broad and Anderson bowled unchanged, but the Lord's pitch was certainly taking spin, especially out of the left-armers' footholds.

    If other wickets besides Lord's are going to take turn, spinners could be a major factor, not only in the second test, but also in the Ashes.

  • nzcricket174 on May 20, 2013, 20:35 GMT

    Jeetan Patel will never play for New Zealand again. If you saw how he played in South Africa + the incident in Qtown earlier this year, you will know why.

  • on May 20, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer, i'm not sure how Williamson's action would come any more under the microscope playing as the 5th bowler at Headingley then he would as the 5th bowler at Lords? Particularly as you point out with spin unlikely to play a large role there. He practically played as the 1st spinner at Lords anyway.

  • AKS286 on May 20, 2013, 15:58 GMT

    4 seamers is a not a good idea, one spinner must be in playing XI no matter what pitch it is. Nathan McCullum is a best man. He also provide batting depth. Ronchi or Van Wyk is my choice ahead of Latham. Get well soon Fella !

  • CricketingStargazer on May 20, 2013, 12:39 GMT

    @Erebus26 There may be one reason not to depend too much on Kane Williamson. I know that when he played for Gloucestershire a couple of seasons back there was a lot of muttering about his action on the county circuit, especially for his faster ball. Some opponents were very unhappy about his action (I'm a Gloucestershire fan and remember this well). Maybe it would not be wise to subject him to too much scrutiny by playing him as a specialist, bowling long spells?

    I guess that someone on here will be able to give chapter and verse on the current state of things in this respect. It's a touchy subject, especially as he is an extremely valuable part-time spinner who has had some really useful spells, both for Gloucestershire and New Zealand.

  • Erebus26 on May 20, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    I would love to see Dan bowling at Headingley, but he hasn't had much cricket has he? He think he only played one or two limited overs matches at the end of the NZ domestic season and hasn't played in the IPL where he and the selectors were hopeful that he'd get some cricket under his belt. Jeetan Patel? I've only heard positive reports of his bowling for Warwickshire and seems to have prospered there, but I don't think he is rated that much by the selectors or the Black Caps fanbase. He had a pretty miserable time in SA but to be fair he wasn't alone in that respect. For me, I'd go with Williamson, who has bowled very well when called upon in his last two test matches and seems to give the ball a rip, and play four seamers (or three and an extra batsman).

  • CricketingStargazer on May 20, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    How often do you see a spinner win a Test at Headingly? If the idea is to select a spinner for variety and you would play a spinner anyway, Daniel Vetori is as good a choice as any, especially with his run-scoring at 8. However, if you want a wicket-taking bowler you will probably do as well to select the extra seamer. Don't pick a spinner just for the sake of it.

    In the 1st Test Graeme Swann got exactly 8 overs. Unless the Headingly game is atypical he is unlikely to get many more in the 2nd Test.

  • DaveMorton on May 20, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Jeetan Patel bowled beautifully in the game just finished, Warwickshire v Yorkshire. I can't believe he wasn't picked by NZ in the first place; it's not as though they're overblessed with playing resources. It will be VERY flat at Headingley, and you must have someone to bowl a line and length.

  • on May 20, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    The four seamers + Williamson option sounds about right.

  • itismenithin on May 20, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Vettori should play, his batting skills will be handy.

  • RichDeGroen on May 20, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Vettori might be a useful stock bowler to get through some tight overs, but unfortunately thats all he offers these days. And I'm no fan of Patel, at all. But I would be tempted to play Patel purely because of the footmarks he would have to aim at caused by our left arm seamers. And of course he's actually fit and playing currently, which Vettori is not.

  • landl47 on May 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    With NZ having two left-handed seamers, Williamson looks as good an option as any of the spinners. However, I think I'd play another batsman rather than 4 seamers. The NZ seamers have shown they are workhorses and it's extra batting they need.

  • on May 20, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Vettori is the right option, old NZ hand, will provide the middle-lower order some much needed experience.

  • D.V.C. on May 20, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Given that NZ's problem is not dismissing Eng but scoring runs I'd play Vettori.

  • Dannov747 on May 20, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Patel is bad. Vettori hasn't played enough. Best go with 4 seamers and Williamson backup.

  • kiwicricketnut on May 20, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Pretty handy replacement but i wouldn't play him, he hasn't been an effective test match bowler for a while now, he keeps things tight so wouldn't let us down and would add some spine to the lower order so he might get in. The seamers did most of the damage in the first test and i'd expect the same in the second so give it to bracewell.

  • SDHM on May 20, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    I think calling Patel up would have been a better option - he plays with Warwickshire so has been playing in English conditions, and has been bowling well to boot. He's also a useful lower order batsman. Maybe a better choice than a man who has barely played any cricket for a while.

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  • SDHM on May 20, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    I think calling Patel up would have been a better option - he plays with Warwickshire so has been playing in English conditions, and has been bowling well to boot. He's also a useful lower order batsman. Maybe a better choice than a man who has barely played any cricket for a while.

  • kiwicricketnut on May 20, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    Pretty handy replacement but i wouldn't play him, he hasn't been an effective test match bowler for a while now, he keeps things tight so wouldn't let us down and would add some spine to the lower order so he might get in. The seamers did most of the damage in the first test and i'd expect the same in the second so give it to bracewell.

  • Dannov747 on May 20, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    Patel is bad. Vettori hasn't played enough. Best go with 4 seamers and Williamson backup.

  • D.V.C. on May 20, 2013, 10:52 GMT

    Given that NZ's problem is not dismissing Eng but scoring runs I'd play Vettori.

  • on May 20, 2013, 11:32 GMT

    Vettori is the right option, old NZ hand, will provide the middle-lower order some much needed experience.

  • landl47 on May 20, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    With NZ having two left-handed seamers, Williamson looks as good an option as any of the spinners. However, I think I'd play another batsman rather than 4 seamers. The NZ seamers have shown they are workhorses and it's extra batting they need.

  • RichDeGroen on May 20, 2013, 11:50 GMT

    Vettori might be a useful stock bowler to get through some tight overs, but unfortunately thats all he offers these days. And I'm no fan of Patel, at all. But I would be tempted to play Patel purely because of the footmarks he would have to aim at caused by our left arm seamers. And of course he's actually fit and playing currently, which Vettori is not.

  • itismenithin on May 20, 2013, 11:52 GMT

    Vettori should play, his batting skills will be handy.

  • on May 20, 2013, 11:56 GMT

    The four seamers + Williamson option sounds about right.

  • DaveMorton on May 20, 2013, 11:58 GMT

    Jeetan Patel bowled beautifully in the game just finished, Warwickshire v Yorkshire. I can't believe he wasn't picked by NZ in the first place; it's not as though they're overblessed with playing resources. It will be VERY flat at Headingley, and you must have someone to bowl a line and length.