New Zealand in England 2013

Injured Martin ruled out of tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 20, 2013

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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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Posted by 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!!

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

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