New Zealand in India 2010-11 October 24, 2010

Williamson, Bennett in Test squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand batsman Kane Williamson and fast bowlers Hamish Bennett and Andy McKay, three uncapped players, have been included in the Test squad for the three-match tour of India beginning in Ahmedabad on November 4. The 15-man team also includes batsman Martin Guptill, who was in Zimbabwe with the New Zealand A team while the national side was being drubbed 4-0 in an ODI series in Bangladesh.

"Kane Williamson is an impressive young talent and his game continues to improve with his involvement in the New Zealand team, while Bennett did everything asked of him on the recent tour of Bangladesh and offers the side a genuine pace option," New Zealand coach and selector Mark Greatbatch said.

Williamson was one batsman to emerge with any credit from New Zealand's disastrous trip to Bangladesh, scoring his maiden ODI century in one of the defeats. Bennett picked up three wickets at 24.33 apiece in the two matches he played. Guptill as well as five other players - Brent Arnel, Chris Martin, Tim McIntosh, Gareth Hopkins and Jeetan Patel - will travel to India from Zimbabwe, where they have been playing four-day matches for New Zealand A.

"The group of players coming from Zimbabwe have had the ideal preparation with three hard-fought matches in difficult conditions," Greatbatch said. "The rest of the squad have been training hard and are keen to prove that they are better that the recent performances in Bangladesh."

The tour of India, the No. 1 ranked Test side, will be a testing one for New Zealand, especially after their disheartening performances in the slow and spinner-friendly conditions in Bangladesh. "We are well aware that we are recent performances are not up to scratch and we need to improve if we are to compete with a very strong Indian side - the team is determined to do so," Greatbatch said. "Players outside the 15 will continue to be considered and we will closely monitor performances in the Plunket Shield. The door has not closed for any player."

New Zealand's previous Test series was at home against Australia in March 2010. Three players - Mathew Sinclair, Peter Ingram, and James Franklin - were cut from the squad for that series.

Squad: Daniel Vettori (capt), Brent Arnel, Hamish Bennett, Martin Guptill, Gareth Hopkins, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Tim McIntosh, Andy McKay, Jeetan Patel, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.

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  • Dummy4 on October 30, 2010, 0:56 GMT

    Watling is like so many nz players... They ccannot score internationally. I do watch cricket and i do look at the scores and they reflect what i see. He is young and could do with some more games, But how has been batting really well and has a above average ODI record and has scored the odd 100

  • neeraj on October 29, 2010, 21:13 GMT

    @ third gear: you are talking of era? can u tell me when did new zealand had its era in cricket??

  • michael on October 29, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    @James- Yeah i do agree they should be in the squad team would be 1.McCullum-make him take gloves back 2.Guptill- it worked for a while then his technique went AWOL 3.Taylor-leadership role to strengthen top order 4.Ryder-best talent by far 5.Williamson 6.Flynn-was consistent for us before a form slump 7.Franklin 8.Vettori 9.Mills 10.Bennett 11.Mckay/Southee....Thats a decent team if you have How, Watling, Tuffey waiting in the wings...then for ODI's just insert Oram and Styris where necessary....Hopefully that Wagner guy becomes eligible soon he looks good as a fast bowling option with a few seasons of domestic cricket under his belt waiting for eligibility....As well as the likes of Broom and Elliot who are useful.

  • Scott on October 29, 2010, 0:43 GMT

    "I dont think watling or mcintosh should be playing they have not scored well at all they are more of a walking duck than guptil."

    Do you watch cricket or do you make assumptions based on the scorecards? Watling is the most impressive of any young player to join the Black Caps in the last 3 years. He is technically sound and has good temperment and when we get into a really bad situation he is normally one of the players at one end holding on.

    The character of his dismissals has been pretty damn unlucky. I agree with you on Macintosh but not Watling, Watling has a good future ahead of him.

  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2010, 23:51 GMT

    @mike - I know how isnt in the team but he has been in great form and needs another chance and Guptil has been playing good cricket.Mccullum isnt ta strong enough batsman to give up the gloves if he doesnt keep what is the point in having him in the team? Hopkins cannot bat internationaly as has been proven many times. I dont think watling or mcintosh should be playing they have not scored well at all they are more of a walking duck than guptil. NZ have never had operners to pick there are just none. And as of franklin he is the best test all rounder in the team and needs to be in it

  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2010, 22:21 GMT

    Vettori does need to stand down as a selector, is this adding to why Jamie How is not in the team, I am sick of how Dan knows best, about time to think and change a few things?

  • michael on October 27, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    @Mark Ling- yeah i guess good points. The only thing i really want to see at the moment is 3. McCullum 4.Taylor 5.Rhyder 6.Williamson- That could be a really got batting line up on their day...or a complete collapse but still fun to watch.

  • Enamul on October 27, 2010, 9:54 GMT

    @lara71 : Think WI,AUS they were dominating world cricket for year after year but never could keep their place for life time. May be Indian Cricket doing good for last few many months and u people forgot ur standard. I challenge you within 2011 Indian team will be fallen down n start to struggle by 2013 to be destroyed as a top team. Dont forget ur bowling is toothless n fielding is awful only strength is batting,Think After Sachin, Sehwag who u have ?? Time is coming we will laugh over indian team again as we were laughing before HA HA HA HA HA HA that time dont throw stones at ur players houses n abuse them as u do normally. Ups n downs are also part of Game.

  • Dummy4 on October 27, 2010, 9:04 GMT

    @mike5181 All the more reason to have more warmup games over there, if we aren't getting enough test matches, we need to get the side together for more first class matches. Given how bad we are in the subcontinent, we should probably have 4 first class warm up games before the first test, or at least 2, not zero, that is shameful preparation. And why did NZA tour Zimbabwe at this time, why didn't they tour India? That would have made much more sense. It's great NZA were playing at all, but If NZCricket were super smart with their scheduling, NZA would tour the country we are about to visit so when some of those guys get picked they have experience in the conditions already (that would be good for India too so that we are more competitive).

  • michael on October 27, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    @Mark Ling- well why bother scheduling warm up games for test matches when we rarely play them? I think we have played like 3 test matches this entire year lol...and have done for a few years now...if you take out Bangladesh we have probably played less than half than what India and co have..and you wonder why they break all the records and stuff.

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