England in New Zealand 2012-13 February 4, 2013

Harris called up as cover for Meaker

ESPNcricinfo staff

James Harris, the Middlesex seamer, will fly to New Zealand early after being added to England's Twenty20 squad as cover for Stuart Meaker who has picked up a neck strain.

Harris, 22, who moved from Glamorgan during the off-season, was due to be part of the one-day squad for the three-match series which follows the Twenty20s.

Before Christmas Harris was added to England's Twenty20 squad in India when he replaced the injured Stuart Broad but he did not play in either of the two matches.

Meaker was part of England's one-day squad in India but did not appear in the five games during the recently completed series. He has so far made two Twenty20 and two ODI appearances.

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  • Matt on February 5, 2013, 0:21 GMT

    @scritty: ah, but don't forget 4 of those wide longhops will be out of the back of the hand, and variation is more important in T20 than being able to bowl vaguely accurately, apparently.

  • Paul on February 4, 2013, 15:55 GMT

    I can't believe Dernbach was in the team. Do they think New Zealand are worried by 5 wide long-hops an over? Get him out QUICKLY.

  • Samuel on February 4, 2013, 12:12 GMT

    Wouldn't mind seeing him get a game - Dernbach has to be on his last chance, and Meaker shouldn't be in the T20 squad anyway (his domestic economy rate is nearly 10 an over!). Harris isn't a particularly good T20 bowler either, but he'll be knocking on the door of the Test side soon enough, so let's see what he can do.

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