England in New Zealand 2012-13 January 23, 2013

Taylor and Ronchi included for England warm-ups

ESPNcricinfo staff

Ross Taylor has been named in a New Zealand XI squad to face England in two Twenty20 warm-up matches early next month at the start of their tour. Luke Ronchi, the former Australia and Western Australia wicketkeeper who is now qualified for New Zealand, is also included.

Taylor, who opted out of the tour of South Africa following his controversial sacking from the captaincy, will resume competitive action for Central Districts in the Plunket Shield this week and his inclusion in the representative squad confirms a return to full international colours is around the corner.

"Obviously it's great to have Ross back in the mix and really we're excited about seeing him play again," Kim Littlejohn, the national selection manager, said. "He's a proven world-class batsman and this will provide him with a great chance to get some cricket under his belt following his break."

"We're confident all of the players in the squad will relish the chance to play against England, with the matches a great opportunity for them to push for higher honours."

Ronchi, 31, completed his four-year qualification period this month since last playing for Australia and will stake a strong claim for the wicketkeeper's position in all formats against England although BJ Watling impressed in the role against South Africa.

"We're pleased to have Luke Ronchi available as well and after a great HRV Cup we look forward to watching him continue to make an impact," Littlejohn said. "It's a very strong New Zealand XI and we expect them to be competitive opponents.

"Nearly all of the team have previous experience on the international stage, while the likes of Nick Beard, Matt Henry, Anton Devcich and Hamish Rutherford get their first chance after showing considerable promise on the domestic scene."

The squad, for two matches which will be played on February 4 and 6 in Whangarei, includes three players - Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, and Neil Wagner - who are currently on tour in South Africa where New Zealand secured the one-day series on Tuesday with a 27-run victory in Kimberley.

Hamish Rutherford, a 23-year-old left-handed batsman, is the son of former New Zealand captain Ken.

NZ XI squad Andrew Ellis (capt), Anton Devcich, Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Ian Butler, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Matthew Henry, Michael Bates, Neil Broom, Neil Wagner, Nick Beard, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham

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  • Philip on January 24, 2013, 4:01 GMT

    @Gilly4ever is right - why would NZ want Ronchi? Let him come back to Aus. There's a Test spot here with a "vacancy coming-soon" sign on it.

  • Navi on January 24, 2013, 2:26 GMT

    Dont think Nz Cricket board gonna do this but i hope they start playing Matt Henry in T20s and Odis cuz hes young, fast and can bat too and kick Neesham out

  • Jeff on January 23, 2013, 20:26 GMT

    "Posted by Gilly4ever on (January 23 2013, 01:14 AM GMT) Why would they want Luke Ronchi? He is terrible." Have you ever actually watched him bat? The guy is a game-changing, explosive batsman. And his keeping is very good - probably number three as a gloveman behind Hartley and (previously) Gilchrist. He's in great form at the moment too. Even if the Kiwis don't use him as a keeper they absolutely must include him as a middle-order bat. Good move by NZ.

  • Jordan on January 23, 2013, 18:09 GMT

    @ gagg. Ronchi was born in NZ so you can't really consider him Australian

    It looks like a good side, im excited to see how Andy Ellis goes

  • Martin on January 23, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Why do people think Ronchi is an import? Dannivirke, Manawatu was in the lower central north island of New Zealand last time I checked.

  • D on January 23, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Michael Bates... yet another awesome Kiwi left-arm quick. It's like the Sri Lankan era of Vaas, Zoysa and whatsisname.

  • Garry on January 23, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    This tour is going to break the record for the number of foreign players, England have 3 South Africans and a Irishman and we have 2 Aussies and 1 or 2 South African, what a farce international cricket is becoming.

  • Satish on January 23, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    How many wicket keepers does NZ has? Including the migrants. Van zyk was decent in the chances he got but missed out in last one or two series. But Watling got it into his stride and making it his own space now. Don't forget Baz the captain. Ronchi into the frame will tempt the selectors to look him more keenly. He was in frame for Aussie selection when Gilly was rested in those golden period. Would like to see Ronchi in top order for NZ in shorter formats to start with.

  • jared on January 23, 2013, 5:32 GMT

    still no carl cachopa i don't get it, i know he is better at 4 day and one day stuff than t20 but is probably the best batting propect in the country and can't get a chance to show his stuff. is corey anderson still injured? love to see him get a descent go and another bowling line up made of medium pacers, not very imaginative from the selectors there but i'll give them a tick for giving matt henry a run he's an exciting prospect. This team should give the pom's a a scare good luck to them.

  • Luke on January 23, 2013, 4:05 GMT

    I like the look of this squad. It would be interesting for them to play a four day match against the NZ Test team that just played (if you can call it playing) SA. If you add Adam Milne I think this NZ XI Squad would beat them comfortably. Also good to see NZ turn it around in the one dayers though!

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