England in New Zealand 2012-13 January 31, 2013

Taylor recalled to New Zealand squad

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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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  • Glenn10 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.

  • Jordanious77 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.

  • Min2000 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?

  • on February 2, 2013, 12:07 GMT

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

  • SameOld 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.

  • choppa13 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?

  • Jordanious77 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.

  • landl47 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.

  • corzaNZ 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

  • Glenn10 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.

  • Glenn10 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.

  • Jordanious77 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.

  • Min2000 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?

  • on February 2, 2013, 12:07 GMT

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

  • SameOld 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.

  • choppa13 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?

  • Jordanious77 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.

  • landl47 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.

  • corzaNZ 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

  • Glenn10 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.

  • tententen on February 1, 2013, 18:41 GMT

    why aren't watling and mills playing T20's

  • gbqdgj on February 1, 2013, 16:02 GMT

    @charlie...ignore gsingh7...regular readers will know that he is one of those England haters...not sure why but we can all guess! Anyway, to a more slaient point, I agree, I think NZ are a cracking one day side in both formats and will be a real test. In Ross Taylorthey have one of the finest limited overs cricketers and the way he was treatedby the NZCB remains a mystery to me.Looking forward to some great cricket against the Kiwi's both there and when they tour here later this year.

  • Charlie101 on February 1, 2013, 15:34 GMT

    NZ have just proved in SA what a fine ODI and T20 side they are so we will really have to perform to win the series . Dont get these comments about us being a team on the slide as losing 3 -2 in India is an improvement on previous performances !!! The 5th ODI in India may be considered a dead rubber but not with ranking points to play for and India were as desperate to win as we were.

  • Front-Foot_lunge on February 1, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Worringly, as an England fan, I have to say that with 'LRPL' rejoining the Kiwis, the odds of us winning have just lengthened, considerably. I would expect in tests, Kiwis will be courageous but unlucky and for the ODI's they will exacerbate our slide down the rankings even further. Lucky for us, winning dead rubbers against India helped us prop up ranking points! But i guess, sadly as an England, I am witnessing this far too often, success only comes in areas where not longer doesn't matters.

  • mar2000 on February 1, 2013, 10:38 GMT

    Chris Gayle ,Kevin Petersen and Ross Taylor , show's that their team just cannot do without them . Men, go out there and show what you are made of . The world do miss you all when you are on the field of play .

  • anver777 on February 1, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Recalled to NZ squad but strangely not as skipper !!! He is the right person to lead Kiwis at this stage in any format.....

  • SladeR on February 1, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    I don't get the selection of Rutherford for the 20/20 clown cricket. He averages 20, which is crap.

    But in first class he averaged over 40. Will he be given the nod to open in the tests? Or will he be like Broom, who kept getting picked for the 50 over game, despite having a shite average, yet his first class average is over 40, but he is overlooked for test matches.

  • gnanzcupid on February 1, 2013, 9:59 GMT

    i had stopped commenting in nz forums after rossy was kept out. am back now. nz needs him v badly. the youngsters will gain a share of his knowledge and experience. im loving this decision

  • gnanzcupid on February 1, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    heh rossy.welcome back to the team.taylor with his experience and talentl will definitely add more venom to the nz attzck.@Poms,the champ is back.Give some fight

  • gsingh7 on February 1, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    come on black caps , win big here , england are suspect to swing bowling and left arm spin , play hira here , english team is on downward slide just dominate them from word go. best of luck fron nz fan in india

  • dalboy12 on February 1, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Good teams I reckon you they will do what they did in SA and fill the teams with all rounders and back the part-time bowlers and batsman to perform. The batting order in the ODI will be interesting, for me the t20 team in order would be: Guptill, Rutherford, B McCullum, Taylor, Franklin, Munro, N McCullum, Ellis, Butler, Hira, McClenaghan. ODIs: Watling, Guptill, Williamsom, Taylor, Elliot, B.McCullum, Munro, Franklin, N McCullum, Mills, McClenaghan

    They may well play Ellis in the ODIs as well, in place of Ellis as Ellis is a stronger bowler. Both teams need Franklin to really stand up as a bowler which will be a test for him. This should be a great series, like all teams NZ a lot stronger in home conditions. And by the time the tests come around some of the English team are going to have been away a very long time --- after a long tour of India, which may play to NZ advantage.

  • on February 1, 2013, 7:31 GMT

    This is another case of picking guys in the wrong format. Rutherford only averages 20 in T20s and all of his good form has come in first-class cricket. He looks good though.

    Ironically, there is way more pressure on Taylor now than when he was captain. He is being seen as the saviour of NZ cricket but, apart from the last Test vs SL, his form has been limited over the last few months.

    Guptill should come right against slightly easier opposition and pitches he is more comfortable with.

    Agree about Ellis - not bad, but very much a bits-and-pieces guy, several of which are already in the team.

  • Engr.TahirShah on February 1, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    Best of Luck Newzealand. Wish you win all the series against England. A Pakistani fan has all my best wishes for you.

  • satishchandar on February 1, 2013, 6:12 GMT

    Ronchi is a decent potential. But as he is from Australia doesn't get him the spot directly. Watling is doing a great job as WK/Bat and there is always Baz. Three WK's in same team would sound a insult to the batters in domestic circuit. Not that they should be dropped just for numbers but still, they do have other good batsmen to look upon. Good to see Ross back and hope no animosity within the team. From what i have seen in domestic games, Fulton looks to be a better opening batsman than many others. Guptill is a failure to me though he had done in games they had won but his failure in games they lose is one big worry and he fails and in turn team loses very often.

  • MH13 on February 1, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Ronchi ia eligble but not picked , GUPPY needs to drop down the order, pity no southee and ryder

  • Apocalypse_EX on February 1, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    @people asking for luke ronchi, Isnt there supposed to be a 4 year period of playing before being eligible for an another country?

  • corzaNZ on February 1, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Awesome news to see Taylor back!! a good ODI team would be 1.B McCullum (just go for it cause he wont get many anyway) 2.Watling 3.Williamson 4.Taylor 5.Guptill (may help not facing new ball) 6.Munro/Elliot 7.Franklin 8.N McCullum 9.Mills 10. Boult 11. McClenaghan 12th man all summer hopefully... Ellis

  • Papamoa542 on February 1, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    ODI team. 1.guptill 2.watling 3.williamson 4.taylor 5.elliot(should b ronchi)6.franklin 7.B.mccullum 8.N.mccullum 9.mills 10.boult 11.mccleneghan

  • kiwicricketnut on February 1, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Whats the selectors obsession with ellis,very average bits and pieces player who offers not much with bat or ball, just another medium pacer, with franklin, elliot, munro, butler, mills, all medium pacers and handy with the bat did we really need ellis as well, ronchi would have been a better selection even if he didn't keep. Great to see taylor back and rutherford getting a chance.

  • abyrao on February 1, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Martin Guptill - whats he doing here? How many more failures then he gets the axe? Would had loved to see Ryder. Where is Bracewell? But nice to see Ross back hope Hesson doesnt play dirty again.

  • BnH1985Fan on February 1, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Welcome back Ross -- we've missed you a ton

  • Ajay_Jamshedpur on February 1, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    One of the happiest days in my life to see Taylor back and NZ team progressing : -)

  • featurewriter on February 1, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    No room for Luke Ronchi? Big mistake. I'd have him in the team purely for his explosive batting.

  • redmedicine on February 1, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    Why isn't Luke Ronchi included? He's eligible now, isn't he?

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  • redmedicine on February 1, 2013, 0:54 GMT

    Why isn't Luke Ronchi included? He's eligible now, isn't he?

  • featurewriter on February 1, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    No room for Luke Ronchi? Big mistake. I'd have him in the team purely for his explosive batting.

  • Ajay_Jamshedpur on February 1, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    One of the happiest days in my life to see Taylor back and NZ team progressing : -)

  • BnH1985Fan on February 1, 2013, 2:48 GMT

    Welcome back Ross -- we've missed you a ton

  • abyrao on February 1, 2013, 2:58 GMT

    Martin Guptill - whats he doing here? How many more failures then he gets the axe? Would had loved to see Ryder. Where is Bracewell? But nice to see Ross back hope Hesson doesnt play dirty again.

  • kiwicricketnut on February 1, 2013, 3:53 GMT

    Whats the selectors obsession with ellis,very average bits and pieces player who offers not much with bat or ball, just another medium pacer, with franklin, elliot, munro, butler, mills, all medium pacers and handy with the bat did we really need ellis as well, ronchi would have been a better selection even if he didn't keep. Great to see taylor back and rutherford getting a chance.

  • Papamoa542 on February 1, 2013, 4:15 GMT

    ODI team. 1.guptill 2.watling 3.williamson 4.taylor 5.elliot(should b ronchi)6.franklin 7.B.mccullum 8.N.mccullum 9.mills 10.boult 11.mccleneghan

  • corzaNZ on February 1, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    Awesome news to see Taylor back!! a good ODI team would be 1.B McCullum (just go for it cause he wont get many anyway) 2.Watling 3.Williamson 4.Taylor 5.Guptill (may help not facing new ball) 6.Munro/Elliot 7.Franklin 8.N McCullum 9.Mills 10. Boult 11. McClenaghan 12th man all summer hopefully... Ellis

  • Apocalypse_EX on February 1, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    @people asking for luke ronchi, Isnt there supposed to be a 4 year period of playing before being eligible for an another country?

  • MH13 on February 1, 2013, 5:31 GMT

    Ronchi ia eligble but not picked , GUPPY needs to drop down the order, pity no southee and ryder