New Zealand in India 2012

Injured Vettori out of India tour, Patel recalled

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August 7, 2012

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Jeetan Patel took six wickets to bowl out Surrey, Surrey v Warwickshire, County Championship, Division One, The Oval, May 25, 2012
Jeetan Patel's county form has earned him a Test recall © PA Photos
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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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Posted by Dashgar 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.

Posted by mikriket 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.

Posted by BenGundry 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.

Posted by playinrain 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.

Posted by nzcricket174 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.

Posted by spesh 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.

Posted by kurtismaxiumus 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.

Posted by Fluid36 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.

Posted by ant72 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!!

Posted by   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.

Posted by SixFourOut on (August 8, 2012, 0:36 GMT)

The truth is, the kiwis need Ryder in place of Flynn who never has and never will amount to anything. Brownlie and Wagner need to be persisted with because they have the talent and need the games. 1 Guptil, 2 Ryder, 3, McCullum, 4, Taylor, 5 Williamson, 6 Brownlie, 7 Watling, 8 Franklin, 9 Wagner, 10, Bracewell, 11 Nethula would give a better batting resistenceand a half decent bowling attack. India by an innings and 600 hundred runs in both matches.

Posted by plow on (August 8, 2012, 0:26 GMT)

Brownlie cant play spin, so dropping him for India was a good move. Selecting Franklin is a good move for tests, i really hope he gest played. He is probably the most patient and cool headed player in the NZ team and he swings the ball when he bowls. I hope they put him in at number 6 and give him time to hold his place. He is a quality player and one ofd the few who can score double hundreds without giving a single chance. He will play each ball on its merits and wont be phased by long periods of grinding. I just wish they persisted with Franklin years ago, he would have made thousands of runs by now. My 2 cents

Posted by playitstraight on (August 7, 2012, 18:26 GMT)

A shame that Vettori won't be playing, I wanted him to play so it would be good experience for our batsmen. But still, this series could be competitve, only if NZ start to bat and bowl properly. Seriously. Virat Kohli and the others must be licking their lips, except for Nohit, err Rohit.

Posted by Anshul_Kharbanda on (August 7, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

Kiwis should not be worrying for this fixture. Dropping Brownlie in my opinion is not a wise move because history simply reflects even the worst of batsmen have considerable good records against Indian Bowling Lineups over the years. So dont be surprised if Chris Martin scores a century in this tour. :P

Anyway as far as the result of the series goes I think India should take it but for sure the batsmen from both sides will come good. Hope for a good series of test match cricket. Would be great if Kiwis can give India run for their money so that it helps them prepare well for the upcoming very important fixtures.

Inspite of being an Indian I would like a 1-1 result for the series though. :)

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 16:25 GMT)

brownlie is a bad player..in his australia innings he was dropped couple of times.... from then he has flopped misrebly with the bat. atleast taylor tries with the bat........he alwas comes at 80 for 3 never at 270 -3 hes a attacking bloke but never hits a six in test cricket cause of too much pressure. watling shuld keep come at 6 and franklin at 7.then the bowlers.van vyk cant bat.

Posted by BenGundry on (August 7, 2012, 15:41 GMT)

Glad to see Franklin in the squad - but why are they taking 5 seamers? They are unlikely to play more than 3 in India, one should have been dropped and bring in another batsman. Tough to drop one of the five - but tough decisions have to be made by selectors, surely after seeing all five bowl in WI, they have an idea of the 2-3 most likely to play in a couple of weeks, and the one least likely to play.

Posted by fr600 on (August 7, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

This is such a great news, for indian batsmen anyway.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 13:07 GMT)

I am seeing a scheduing blip here. Even though rains arent great this year, isnt this a monsoon season ? Having a test series at this time can be a damp squib .. literally.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Good changes. Franklin showed excellent form in Indian conditions,during the IPL. In recent years, guys like Vettori, Zak etc are on the decline (like Harbhajan was for at least 2-3 years in a row, before he was dropped), and they are picked based on history. Vettori's decline and Patel's improvement makes the latter a better choice. If Franklin and Patel are in the playing XI this NZ team will perform far better than what NZ achieved in WI.

Posted by Inzamam75 on (August 7, 2012, 11:30 GMT)

You guys are all dreaming. Franklin will contribute nothing with the bat. Some faith should have been shown to Brownlie, he is a talented player who was given rubbish starts by the top order. Taylor needs to go too, he certainly isn't a captain and it would be nice to see him scoring hundreds rather than talking about needing to score them. There is no accountability in this team, the big names can play however they want with the bat as there are no repurcussions.

Posted by hyped on (August 7, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

does not make any difference... only the margin of defeat will increase..

Posted by mthw on (August 7, 2012, 9:18 GMT)

Gee I am really having trouble staying supporting the Black Caps these days... I have lived away from NZ for 15 years I have always followed and supported them... But the recent chopping and changing of the team is really annoying me... The dropping of Brownlie is a disgrace... Its not even like the selectors are bringing in a young upcoming player in place of Brownlie... Brownlie appears to have more batting talent and patience than Franklin, Watling and Flynn combined... He is a solid type player New Zealand has been looking for at 5/6... Sure his tour of WI wasnt as good as his previous 2 but surely worth persevering with... A test cricket team does not get built and become better by consistently making changes to the team... They need to develop 12-13 players and stick with that team for a period... Guptill, Flynn, McCullum, Taylor, Williamson, Brownlie, Watling, Wagner, Bracewell, Southee, Boult, Nethula should be the 12 for the next test NZ plays...

Posted by gothetaniwha on (August 7, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

Good to see Franklin back , but its time he step up , hes a batsmen now and a fifth seamer at best- bowler

Posted by StoneRose on (August 7, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Good picks, shame Franklin has been away from the side for so long, but NZ always seem to ostracise good players (Marshall, Adams etc). The big miss however is John Wright

Posted by Haleos on (August 7, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

@ maddinson - lot of county players are not good enough for national sides and thats the reason england depend heavily on imports.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

Patel? New Zealand seems to select based on the idea were going to lose but lets not so badly. Was great to see the passion and aggression of a 4 seam attack in the recent test. Patel is a good container of runs but not a wicket taker. Though be nice to have some runs to bowl against. Our batting is pretty dire. Think that's where we need the most help. No one seems world class at the moment. Hope I am very wrong because NZ cricket needs some wins to get back in the grove a bit and make it interesting to watch.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 6:41 GMT)

@alexbraae - Go click on Jeetan's name...look at the recent matches. 2012 Jeetan Patel isn't the same as Jeetan Patel of the past. He deserves a recall based on form. Jeetan isn't no mug with the bat anymore either.l

Posted by StevieS on (August 7, 2012, 6:39 GMT)

I think all this shows is how overrated county cricket is, if Patel got those figures in Australian, South African or India domestic comps I would be impressed. Say doesn't Andre Adams get near the top of wicket takers in County Cricket?

Posted by beejaytee on (August 7, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

It always seems rough when NZ drop a batsman. Why him, when the whole line-up continually fails ? But Franklin & Patel really have been beating the door down, and someone has to make room. Unfortunately, we've seen the same from both these players before, only for them to underwhelm at international level. Here's hoping they can both change that this time 'round. Selections will be interesting for these Tests. All the young seamers look in good form, Martin's resurgence began the last time he bowled in India, and now there's two spinners AND Franklin in the squad. Not to mention two keepers! How 'bout this team for the 1st Test? GUPTILL, FLYNN, BAZ, ROSS, KANE, FRANKLIN, VAN WYKE, BRACEWELL, WAGNER, BOULT, PATEL. Too many left-handed bowlers? If Franklin could play a Kallis/Watson role in the top order, could they squeeze in Martin or Southee in place of Flynn? Plenty to mull over for the new coach!

Posted by Amar_Teddy on (August 7, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

Tarun Nethula in Hyderabad test seems a good proposition for me..two spinners of Indian origin..thats nice to see..Good luck New Zealand..Would have loved to see Jesse though..

Posted by GCKelly on (August 7, 2012, 4:26 GMT)

Good decision to drop Brownlie. India's pitches are going to be similar to the low slow tracks the West Indies provided, but trickier. Since he did so well in Australia, it suggests he maybe a bouncy pitch player. Franklin should have been on the recent West Indies tour, so it's a breath of fresh air to see his experience included on this one. His knowledge of the Indian conditions and players will be invaluable.

Posted by Gerrystackle on (August 7, 2012, 4:18 GMT)

Much has been said about this Black Caps side under performing and fair enough too.

I would like to know people's thoughts on Ross Taylor as captain. We don't hear of him coming under the microscope. Could they have we done better under MacCullum? Does he comand the respect thin the shed? Just throwing it out there.....I guess we will never know.

Posted by maddinson on (August 7, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

I have seen James Franklin recently in English domestic cricket competitions and he is no way good enough for a decent first class team forget about playing test cricket. J Patel is anyway never been any threat to any batting line up, tough days ahead for NZ cricket though they have some decent new fast bowlers to choose.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

where is Jesse Ryder - he has a double century against India....bring him back...gone are the days when New Zealand were a force to reckon with in international cricket...the likes of Fleming-Astle-Cairns-Harris-McMillan-Nash-Hamish Marshall-Vincent...it is a pity that New Zealand are going West Indian way & a lot of international cricketers from New Zealand are from South African & Indian origin..!

Posted by venkatesh018 on (August 7, 2012, 3:58 GMT)

There is promise in the bowlers selected especially Wagner and Bracewell who swing the ball and bowl with great heart, but the NZ batting looks hopeless.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 3:53 GMT)

i guess at maximum india will win 1-0 or a draw series 0-0 , indian bowliing attack is of no use..... it wil take another five or six years to get a good spinner ... best thing wat india can do is, they can call back murali karthick, i still believes tat one of the good left arm bowler who was wasted by bcci

Posted by HairyKiore on (August 7, 2012, 3:51 GMT)

Wasn't there some guy who played for Auckland ..a spinner who was the top bowler in the Domestic competition ?? Who are these people selecting all these medium pacers (both in pace and ability) for India...HairyKiore

Posted by youfoundme on (August 7, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

Brownlie dropped? What a joke... van Wyk should drop out of the side. In fact, Watling should have taken the gloves in the last test, McCullum should have gone to the top (where he performed quite well) and Flynn/Williamson should have slotted in at #3. The reason we took a hammering was a poor lead up and ridiculous managerial decision making. Also, why bring Patel back? In fairness to Franklin, he performs in the shorter formats of the game for New Zealand, but Patel is completely useless - so giive Nethula the chance he deserves. As much as it's up to the team to perform on the field, these idiots that are running the show need to go if we want any chance of climbing the rankings.

Posted by satish619chandar on (August 7, 2012, 3:33 GMT)

This is the best team NZ can get.. All steady batters without any bits and piece guys in.. All they need is, to make big centuries.. if they can hold on for a couple of games, it would do much change to their confidence.. At the same time, India don't produce dull flat decks and draws.. A spinning dust bowl is fine but NO to flat decks..

Posted by Min2000 on (August 7, 2012, 2:50 GMT)

I'd like to see them experiment a little with Franklin and make him open the batting. He's got a solid enough technique and its not like India have any tearaway quicks that will intimidate him. Plus he can bowl some handy left arm seamers. We're going to miss Ryder... ironically he is fitter than ever and needs to be playing.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 2:12 GMT)

I fear Dan's about to call it a day anyway. The smart move was to drop van Wyk, have Watling keep, by all means bring Franklin in for local knowledge but persist with Brownlie. The guy's primed to come good but this is only going to knock his confidence.

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 1:22 GMT)

I'm really glad the selectors have given Franklin another go, he's matured as a batsmen the last few years and his bowling is, while handy, not necessarily needed.

The dropping of Brownlie is disappointing. Prior to the Caribbean he was solid in the middle order against Australia, often being our best-looking player on that tour. Granted they were him 'home pitches (being from Perth) but I thought he really showed good technique. I'm not sure what happened over in the West Indies...

Posted by   on (August 7, 2012, 1:18 GMT)

Pretty good new picks. I've been wanting Franklin back in team for a while - I feel like he's never been given a proper run as a batsman with people constantly expecting him to play as a seamer when he hasn't been that type of player in years. Patel is a good short term pick as well given what spinners were available. There is a real lack of handy spinners in NZ, to the extent where Williamson has as good a shot as anyone at establishing himself as the key slow bowler in the line up. At least he should get consistent game time.

Posted by alexbraae on (August 7, 2012, 1:12 GMT)

Oh god, anyone but Patel. Surely he can't be back. This is a bad dream for a Kiwi fan.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 7, 2012, 0:51 GMT)

Injuries are the least expected but often must see it as an opportunity to test the bench strength. NZ's recent test record in India is quite ok as in 2003 they lost only 1 out of 3 and in 2010 also they lost only 1 out of 3. Vettori did not play a big part in those tests. So I dont think this will be of much damage really. I wish India good luck as a Lankan and hope Sehwag whacks triple tons in both tests.

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