England in New Zealand 2012-13 January 31, 2013

Taylor recalled to New Zealand squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ross Taylor will make his return to New Zealand colours in the Twenty20 series against England, having been named in the squads for both the T20s and the one-day internationals that follow.

Taylor, who took a self-imposed break from the international scene following his controversial removal as captain after the Sri Lanka tour, recently returned to action in the Plunket Shield and has also been included in the New Zealand XI squad to face England in two warm-up matches next week.

The other notable inclusion comes in the Twenty20 squad where Hamish Rutherford, the son of former New Zealand captain Ken, has been handed his first international call-up. Rutherford, 23, has been in consistent form for Otago this season.

There is a recall to both squads for allrounder Andrew Ellis after he missed the South Africa tour through injury. Ian Butler, the pace bowler, has also been recalled to the New Zealand set-up for the first time since December 2010, when he played the last of his 15 T20 internationals.

Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, said: "Andrew proved his worth with the team last summer, while Ross is a world-class batsman who is a key part of this Blackcaps side. Hamish has shown he is an explosive batsman and we hope he can bring that form to the Blackcaps."

Tim Southee remains sidelined with his thumb injury while Corey Anderson, who was on the South Africa tour, has not recovered from the broken thumb he picked up earlier this month. Martin Guptill, who had a poor one-day series against South Africa, retains his place in the 50-overs side.

Kim Littlejohn, the general manager, national selection, said: "There are a couple of changes that have been forced through injury but essentially we want to be seen to provide continuity from one series to the next.

"We are however looking at developing talented youngsters and finding a new crop of allrounders in our build-up to the Champions Trophy in June and the 2015 World Cup."

The three-match Twenty20 series against England begins in Auckland on February 9.

Twenty20 squad Brendon McCullum (capt), Trent Boult, Ian Butler, Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Roneel Hira, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Ross Taylor

One-day squad Brendon McCullum (capt), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson

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  • Glenn on February 3, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    Pakistan rolled for 49. Don't feel so bad now. Pakistan Bowling looks a bit more pacy and dangerous than ours but their batting was exposed as badly as ours.

  • Jordan on February 3, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    @julia. Chris Martin, aka the phantom is a specialist test player. I'm not sure he has ever played a t20 or ODI for NZ.

  • Jon on February 3, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    Rutherford has only just arrived on the first class scene and already people are talking him up as a possible solution to New Zealand's ongoing problems at the top of the order.

    If that's true then why are we picking him in the T20s? There are plenty of players that could open in T20 - like How, Vincent or Redmond. If Rutherford is our best prospect at opener shouldn't we be grooming him for test cricket?

  • Dummy4 on February 2, 2013, 12:07 GMT

    What happened to my favourite NZ Cricketer, Phantom? Why isn't he in ?

  • Beau on February 2, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    Those who are rubbishing Rutherford's T20 average would do well to note that in his last 9 innings, he's got two 50s and four other 30+ scores. He also strikes at 130-140, which is not too shabby. NZ could definitely use 20 or 30 runs at that strike rate at the top of the order, especially since they so often find themselves one or two down for not much at all.

  • joe on February 2, 2013, 0:47 GMT

    alright wether everyone likes it or not mccullum is captain and rosco is not... but who will stand at first slip? the captain or the better slip fielder?

  • Jordan on February 1, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    Averaging 20 in t20 ist that bad guys.. It's pretty average, but it's decent for an opener in T20.

    If you consider that he will be opening with Guptil, who should hopefully be scoring quickly to give Rutherford time to get himself in it could work out ok. Especially since we will have Taylor to come in after him and give more support.

    Agreed that i want to see him in the tests, but lets be realistic...

    The ODI's and tests are too important to "see if players are up scratch". T20 might just seem like a big bash, but it also tests a batsmans ability to play different shots.. know when certain "big swings" are available.. It still requires finding the right spot on the field.. These will be things NZ will be looking for from him.

    And im almost 100% that he was selected for the tests as a replacement for guptil.. The t20 is just draughting him into the team.

  • John on February 1, 2013, 22:37 GMT

    Great to see Taylor back, but it's a pity that neither Vettori nor Southee will be fit. Still, a team that wins a series in any format against South Africa has every right to be confident. I'm expecting NZ to battle hard as they always do.

    I'm always amazed that a country with such a small population (less than 5 million) can consistently field a competitive team. It's a great credit to the character and work ethic of the NZ players. I'm an England supporter, but if NZ manages to beat us, I'll be the first to say well done.

  • Corey on February 1, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    @tententen.... if Mills played T20 he would give up 12 runs an over.... and it could have changed by now but last i heard he has been hit for the most 6's in T20 internationals so theres your answer... as for Watling, im not sure

  • Glenn on February 1, 2013, 20:00 GMT

    Slade r, I agree with you Rutherford is possibly the saviour of our top order Test batting and they throw him in a T20 where his record is poor? Mind boggling! He can score quickly but he needs time to get in. This is not the first time this has happened - Adam Milne another - terrible T20 record and fantastic first class record and they keep throwing him in T20's where like most bowlers, he gets plundered. To me, he's the next Shane Bond and these idiot selectors are just killing his confidence. If Rutherford fails in the T20, will it hurt his Test chances. Probably, but I hope not, he has a great deal of talent. The list of these poor selections is incredible.

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