New Zealand in England 2013 June 20, 2013

Rutherford, Latham picked for T20 squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand have picked batsmen Hamish Rutherford and Tom Latham, along with left-arm spinner Roneel Hira in the squad for the two Twenty20 matches against England next week.

New Zealand have excluded the injured trio of Daniel Vettori, Tim Southee and Grant Elliott, while Kane Williamson and the out-of-form wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi will also return to New Zealand.

Rutherford, who scored a century on his Test debut earlier this year, has played all three of his T20 matches against England during their tour to New Zealand in March earlier this year. Latham has played three T20s, while Hira has played 13 games for New Zealand.

Vettori underwent surgery on his Achilles tendon injury, after he struggled through the Champions Trophy, his first ODI tournament in two years. Vettori bowled 11 overs in two matches but looked in discomfort, even receiving saline injections for pain during the match against Sri Lanka.

Elliott suffered a calf injury prior to the Group A match against England and was replaced by Corey Anderson in the Champions Trophy squad. Southee, too, missed the match against England after he was ruled out due to an ankle injury.

The two T20 matches will be played on June 25 and June 27 at The Oval.

Squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell, Ian Butler, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Roneel Hira, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Ross Taylor

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  • Jordan on June 21, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Probable team for the t20s:

    Guptil, Rutherford, Taylor, Latham, Anderson, Bren Mccullum, Munro/Franklin, Nath mccullum, Hira/butler/bracewell, Mills, mcCleneghan.

    Giving Rutherford i go seems to be a desperate move considering his T20 and ODI record. Rutherford despite his aggressive batting style IS a test player which is why he wasn't selected for the Champions Trophy. But because of Ronchis terrible form it's a forced decision.

    Latham is a good prospect however and i hope he takes the oppertunity with open arms.

  • Shridharan on June 21, 2013, 9:56 GMT

    Luke Ronchi deserves one more chance.Brendon McCullum had made a big blunder by making Ronchi open.He should have played in the middle order.That's where he has got his success while playing for Wellington in New Zealand's Domestic Season.

  • John on June 21, 2013, 4:58 GMT

    Rutherford has missed out in the two ODIs that he's played so far but, if he's playing Tests and T20Is, it's hard to see his not getting into the ODI squad again sometime soon.

    It's interesting that Mike Hesson said that he's not worried about Ronchi's lack of form in the CT and yet he's still not selected for the T20I series. Everyone says the right things in press conferences but it's not like this is a dip in Ronchi's form after a string of good performances. He would obviously have been a disappointment, to himself as much as anyone. It may be a tough road back for Ronchi if his competition, Latham in this case, does well.

  • D on June 20, 2013, 15:12 GMT

    Indeed. What is Franklin still doing in the team?

  • Jeremy on June 20, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Don't know why we picked an Australian in the first place. Tom Latham is an opening batsmen, wicketkeeper and isn't old. Hira hasn't impressed since he was added to the lineup. Looks good against domestic NZ batting, but gets hit out of the park against international quality.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    I think Franklin is only there to hold open a spot for the Night Ryder himself. As soon as Jesse says he is ready...NZ Cricket are going to put him back in the team. Only then will NZ have a team capable of being in the top 3.

  • Dummy4 on June 20, 2013, 10:58 GMT

    Good luck against England B !!!

  • jared on June 20, 2013, 10:19 GMT

    they say franklin can hit a long ball but for him to do this he actually has to hit the ball, something he hasn't looked like doing in a long long time, straight swap with jimmy neesham and the team looks ok, i hope they give latham the gloves instead of mccullum to develop his skills further after they failed ronchi experiment, latham would be a better opener than ronchi. not too sure about hira but i got no problems with him getting an oppotunity to prove himself. would love to have seen one of our young quicks get a shot like henry or milne but unless you are a specialist t20 player its not a good place for young players to develop their skills anyway.

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