New Zealand in India 2012 August 7, 2012

Injured Vettori out of India tour, Patel recalled

ESPNcricinfo staff

Daniel Vettori has been ruled out of New Zealand's Test tour of India due to a groin injury he suffered in the West Indies, while the batsman Dean Brownlie has been dropped after a disappointing Caribbean tour. The offspinner Jeetan Patel has earned a recall as a result of his outstanding county form for Warwickshire, and the allrounder James Franklin has also been named in a 15-man squad.

They are the only two changes from the group that lost 2-0 to West Indies over the past two weeks, with the legspinner Tarun Nethula again included despite being overlooked for an all-pace attack in Jamaica when Vettori was injured. New Zealand could play two spinners in the Indian conditions but if not, Nethula will face stiff competition for a spot from Patel, who has 38 first-class wickets at 23.65 in the County Championship this year.

"The tour of India will be a great challenge and experience for this squad," the national selection manager Kim Littlejohn said. "Unfortunately Daniel Vettori won't recover in time for the Test series but his injury has created and opportunity for Jeetan Patel to come back into the side. Jeetan has been in great from for Warwickshire and deserves his opportunity.

"James Franklin has been brought into the squad to bolster the batting. He brings a lot of experience and knowledge of playing in Indian conditions which will be invaluable. Dean Brownlie misses out on selection. We continue to see him as player of the future but at this stage we feel he needs to works on parts of his game. There's no doubt he will work hard to regain selection."

The Indian trip consists of two Tests, beginning in Hyderabad on August 23, and will present an enormous challenge for New Zealand following their miserable Caribbean tour. They will especially require more from their batsmen; Kane Williamson's 102 in Wellington in March is the only century made by a New Zealander in their past five Tests.

Squad Martin Guptill, Daniel Flynn, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor (capt), Kane Williamson, BJ Watling, James Franklin, Kruger van Wyk, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Tarun Nethula, Jeetan Patel, Chris Martin.

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  • Tim on August 9, 2012, 18:19 GMT

    A battle of two sides in disarray. I predict India will win as they're the home team but by the end of the series we'll see more players get themself out than genuine wickets be taken.

  • michael on August 8, 2012, 21:06 GMT

    This tour of India is going to be a disaster--no preparation game is a mistake but even with such a game things won"t be good for NZ. Perhaps 3 to 5 preparation games may be benificial. But staight into a test against India, in India with NZ's basically second rate batsmen will mean that both the tests will finish on the 3rd or 4th day.

  • Ben on August 8, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Why is there no warm-up game? The NZ team are basically already together after just finishing the WI team. They could have had a good weeks break and got to India with time for a 3 day game to get used to India conditions.

  • Conrad on August 8, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Well I would have dropped Vetori and Martin after the first test against WI...I feel Dan still has some good cricket left, but he needs to get the ball turning a bit too. Good to see Franklin back, I think he has been very poorly treated by selectors over the years, to the detriment of NZ's results. Happy with Flynn at the top of the order and of course Guppy. Bracewell has to get back to basics with his length, and get better at playing spin. Taylor needs to keep his head when batting and be more aware of timing his bowlers spells better. I thought Sammy did a much better job as fielding captain. Brownlee will come back better in time.

  • Ryan on August 8, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    Glad to see Franklin in the team. If he had been persisted with he would have a been a really good player.

  • Mike on August 8, 2012, 7:43 GMT

    Franklin has talent, and hopefully this signals the intentions of messers Buchanan and Hesson. New Zealand needs to select their most talented 6 batsmen which in my opinion are the following (in order): Williamson, Taylor, Ryder, McCullum, Guptil & Franklin. This leaves no obvious 2nd opener however I would give Williamson a go. Great technique and I think he could use a hard fast moving ball with gaps in the field to get off to a good start before the spinners come on. Give Watling the gloves by the fact he should provide 20 more runs per test. No real replacement for Vettori is a concern, he hasn't spun the ball since 2001, however the new crop of pace bowlers who collectively swing it both ways should mean this will be NZ's 'strength' for the next few years.

  • Kurt on August 8, 2012, 5:44 GMT

    ant72, i agree fully with what you are saying. At the vary least NZ cricket need to keep them in the plunket shield to strengthen the provincial scene so the batsmen can face decent opposition and same with the bowlers, thats NZ's problem, to much of a jump between provincial and test cricket.

  • Michael on August 8, 2012, 3:39 GMT

    Bruce Martin has been the best spinner in NZ for years, the excuse to keep him out of the side in the past and persevere with Patel was due to not wanting to have two left arm spinners playing together, no excuse now. He has a far superior record to both Nethula (completely useless) and Patel (first class average in the 40s). Politics are obviously involved when the top wicket taker in the NZ first class comp continues to be overlooked.

  • Anton on August 8, 2012, 2:38 GMT

    I was back in NZ from Canada over summer holidays and caught some of the NZ national u18 tournament at Lincoln in Christchurch. Some very good young players coming through. Watched a ND v Wellington game and saw boy called Henry Walsh score very good 94 or 95 - he looks very fine middle order aggressive player and saw a Then a big boy in same game from ND bowl great spin was 6ft 6 inch or more got tremendous bounce only 17 years old. His name was Tom Mcreery or something like that. Then this kid Tom left hander opened the batting for ND and smashed 98 - got run out - very unlucky but this kid has got it all. Apparently just came back from playing in Perth WA for 2 seasons - they need kids like these 2 and a few others I saw to be taken under the wing and Black Caps will start producing results!! Get sick of all the old has beens!!

  • Dummy4 on August 8, 2012, 1:09 GMT

    This will surely be a trying series for NZ. Most teams (higher ranked than nz) have struggled in indian conditions. Not sure how well the zealanders have recovered mentally after their 2-0 loss to a hungry WI team. I don't really expect it to get better for them, as Indian conditions resemble that of the west indies. Now, Goat-tail, ah sorry...Guptil can bat. He just needs to concentrate more.

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