India in New Zealand 2013-14 January 26, 2014

NZ name unchanged squad for Tests

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New Zealand have named an unchanged squad for the two Tests against India from the one that beat West Indies 2-0 in December. The selectors, also announced that Jesse Ryder will travel with the squad as back-up for Ross Taylor, whose second child is due during the Test series.

The two-Test series against India starts February 6 at Eden Park, Auckland, followed by the second Test in Wellington from February 14.

There was no place in the squad for Martin Guptill who last played a Test against England in May 2013 before picking up an injury on New Zealand's tour to Bangladesh. The batsman scored big runs on the domestic first-class circuit before making a comeback in the ODIs against West Indies. Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach, said the selectors had discussed Guptill and Tom Latham, before backing the current opening pair of Hamish Rutherford and Peter Fulton. Rutherford and Fulton will prepare for the Test series by playing the two-day warm-up game for New Zealand XI against the Indians on February 2 and 3 in Whangarei.

"Martin was discussed along with Tom Latham who is also pressing his claims at the top of the order. We are showing some faith in both Hamish and Peter," Hesson said. "I think we all know what Peter did last time he was at Eden Park (scored against England). Hamish showed some really good qualities in Hamilton to get us through that last Test win (against West Indies). It is a hard side to make at the moment."

Hesson brushed aside Fulton's dip in form and said it was not unusual for an opening batsman. Fulton made a comeback to the Test squad in March 2013 and scored 347 runs in the three Tests at home against England, including a hundred in each innings in the third Test at Eden Park. Since that series, however, the opening batsman has made just 273 runs in seven Tests at an average of 22.75 with three fifties.

"He played really nicely in Dunedin [against West Indies] for us," Hesson said. "He had two Tests after that where he did not score. That is the lot of an opening batsman. Occasionally he can miss out but he has also played some very valuable innings for us."

Hesson said the settled batting order did not allow for Ryder's selection but the batsman could play if Taylor was unavailable.

"[Ryder] is playing really nicely," Hesson said. "[Batsmen at] Three, four, five had a good last series so there is no spot for him there. But if Ross is unavailable for one of the Tests, then I know Jesse would do a very good job."

The New Zealand coach also backed young legspinner Ish Sodhi and said the pitches for the Tests would have to be "very, very green" for the team management to think of fielding an all-pace attack.

"Even if it a green wicket, it is not green for five days," Hesson said. "So if your seamers are able to do the job over the first two-three days, then you have got some variation coming over the back end. It will have to be very, very green for us not to play a spin bowler.

"He [Sodhi] has returned to first-class cricket. He has some experience in the shorter form and he's performed nicely in that. So he's confident and he's the best spin bowler in the country and he's only 21."

New Zealand squad for the Tests against India: Brendon McCullum (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Jesse Ryder, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson

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  • on February 1, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    They should induct Matt Henry and Hamish Bennett. Indian Batsmen are scared of serious pace. New Zealand can do serious psychological damage to Indian Batsmen with short pitched, pace bowling aimed at heart and head. Wagner and Southee do not have the pace, they need Hamish and Henry.

  • on January 31, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Bracewell?? No. Matt Henry/Milne should be there. Bring Ryder in for Fulton. No need a spinner

  • Smash42 on January 30, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    @Nikko Chum and Campbell Sinclair.

    Yes, I called the ODI series wrong, and maybe NZ can win the tests, but..

    a. I'm not an Indian supporter at all, and I enjoy watching them get beaten at every turn. You've simply assumed I'm Indian.

    b. Maybe I'm just lazily trolling to wind some kiwis up.

    Best of luck for the next ODI and the tests. :)

  • on January 29, 2014, 23:59 GMT

    @Smash42 - yeah, but you also thought we had no chance at all in the ODI series and we have more-or-less wiped you off the face of the earth on batting-friendly pitches. So, are you deciding to bring karma back upon yourself again? Awesome! Thanks for that. 'Cos, you are right to suggest we have far less of a chance in the tests, but you should know by now, you do not go well with the favourite tag playing a team with nothing to lose that fields and bowls better than you, do you? And we are that team. Aren't we now Mr guy following their team as they lose their way around the globe on their way back home to flat-track bully their way back up the stats and reignite their delusions? 3-0 from 4 ODIs.... focus and worry about that for now big talker.... And be glad we named a test team far weaker than it ever needed to be or should have been. *-)

  • on January 28, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    @Smash42 well mate you were probably stating that before the ODI series. In fact is a pretty arrogant statement to make. India are pretty useless outside of India and the subcontinent . So NZ has a good chance.

  • on January 27, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    The only real spot for Ryder is McCullum's. But whilst McCullum is not up to it with the bat, he is a very strong leader and captain. I'm hoping that when McCullum eventually does get pushed out of the squad, we keep him on in management because he, along with Mike Hesson, have done a fantastic job with this young NZ squad.

  • on January 27, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    @cricketlover.... why would you change a team that won? Simple.... because we are not that defeatist, scared to make a move team of yester-year you want back. The West Indies lacked fight, technique, resolve, spirit.... rankings are a farce. We beat them as we were better and played better. But with India here, we are not trying to pick the same team that 'won the last series'... we are supposed to be picking the BEST team to have the BEST chance of winning the NEXT series against a MUCH stronger unit, in a series that will bury the BCCI's proposals and shame them IF WE WIN!!!! It is arguably the most important test series in NZ cricketing history and we went in with Fulton, Rutherford and Bracewell?? Instead of Guptill, Ryder and Neesham!!!??? What a total joke!! You pick your best team and Ryder and Guptill were NOT available for selection for the West Indies tests, so form was never the reason for missing selection there. It is a boring, underwhelming, weaker than necessary team.

  • balaji28 on January 27, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    @harmony I cannot stop laughing about your predictions about india please don't post jokes here.I think luke ronchi deserves test call up.By the way kohli,pujara showed their skills in proteas and they can prove it against kiwis too.

  • D-Ascendant on January 27, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    No. Fulton is not a long-term option. We need Guppy back.

  • Min2000 on January 27, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    It seems crazy to me that Jesse Ryder is fit and ready to play and we cant find a slot for him. Is our top 6 really that strong??! I like Fulton but he'd miss out in my team -- I'd also pick Bracewell to be the workhorse ahead of Wagner.

  • on February 1, 2014, 20:02 GMT

    They should induct Matt Henry and Hamish Bennett. Indian Batsmen are scared of serious pace. New Zealand can do serious psychological damage to Indian Batsmen with short pitched, pace bowling aimed at heart and head. Wagner and Southee do not have the pace, they need Hamish and Henry.

  • on January 31, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Bracewell?? No. Matt Henry/Milne should be there. Bring Ryder in for Fulton. No need a spinner

  • Smash42 on January 30, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    @Nikko Chum and Campbell Sinclair.

    Yes, I called the ODI series wrong, and maybe NZ can win the tests, but..

    a. I'm not an Indian supporter at all, and I enjoy watching them get beaten at every turn. You've simply assumed I'm Indian.

    b. Maybe I'm just lazily trolling to wind some kiwis up.

    Best of luck for the next ODI and the tests. :)

  • on January 29, 2014, 23:59 GMT

    @Smash42 - yeah, but you also thought we had no chance at all in the ODI series and we have more-or-less wiped you off the face of the earth on batting-friendly pitches. So, are you deciding to bring karma back upon yourself again? Awesome! Thanks for that. 'Cos, you are right to suggest we have far less of a chance in the tests, but you should know by now, you do not go well with the favourite tag playing a team with nothing to lose that fields and bowls better than you, do you? And we are that team. Aren't we now Mr guy following their team as they lose their way around the globe on their way back home to flat-track bully their way back up the stats and reignite their delusions? 3-0 from 4 ODIs.... focus and worry about that for now big talker.... And be glad we named a test team far weaker than it ever needed to be or should have been. *-)

  • on January 28, 2014, 23:39 GMT

    @Smash42 well mate you were probably stating that before the ODI series. In fact is a pretty arrogant statement to make. India are pretty useless outside of India and the subcontinent . So NZ has a good chance.

  • on January 27, 2014, 22:27 GMT

    The only real spot for Ryder is McCullum's. But whilst McCullum is not up to it with the bat, he is a very strong leader and captain. I'm hoping that when McCullum eventually does get pushed out of the squad, we keep him on in management because he, along with Mike Hesson, have done a fantastic job with this young NZ squad.

  • on January 27, 2014, 22:14 GMT

    @cricketlover.... why would you change a team that won? Simple.... because we are not that defeatist, scared to make a move team of yester-year you want back. The West Indies lacked fight, technique, resolve, spirit.... rankings are a farce. We beat them as we were better and played better. But with India here, we are not trying to pick the same team that 'won the last series'... we are supposed to be picking the BEST team to have the BEST chance of winning the NEXT series against a MUCH stronger unit, in a series that will bury the BCCI's proposals and shame them IF WE WIN!!!! It is arguably the most important test series in NZ cricketing history and we went in with Fulton, Rutherford and Bracewell?? Instead of Guptill, Ryder and Neesham!!!??? What a total joke!! You pick your best team and Ryder and Guptill were NOT available for selection for the West Indies tests, so form was never the reason for missing selection there. It is a boring, underwhelming, weaker than necessary team.

  • balaji28 on January 27, 2014, 8:28 GMT

    @harmony I cannot stop laughing about your predictions about india please don't post jokes here.I think luke ronchi deserves test call up.By the way kohli,pujara showed their skills in proteas and they can prove it against kiwis too.

  • D-Ascendant on January 27, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    No. Fulton is not a long-term option. We need Guppy back.

  • Min2000 on January 27, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    It seems crazy to me that Jesse Ryder is fit and ready to play and we cant find a slot for him. Is our top 6 really that strong??! I like Fulton but he'd miss out in my team -- I'd also pick Bracewell to be the workhorse ahead of Wagner.

  • on January 27, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    NZ making a mistake they should have Bennet in the team, his pace and style had Kohli jumping all over the place.

  • Smash42 on January 26, 2014, 23:25 GMT

    @Harmony11I NZ win the tests? Sorry, but NZ has absolutely now show of winning. They might completely fluke a draw, especially if the notorious kiwi weather shows up, but winning a test is not remotely realistic.

  • FighterKallis on January 26, 2014, 23:22 GMT

    nz will win one and the other one will be a draw. It all depends on kane ,taylor and boult

  • CGKK on January 26, 2014, 22:58 GMT

    I find it rather bizzare that the NZ selectors have named this squad for the TWO tests. What if Fulton and Rutherford both score golden ducks in both innings at Eden Park? Hardly form going into the next test...it's not like they were in form before these test matches either. The NZ selectors have got it so right with our ODI squad this year...save for making Jimmy Neesham 12th man every time (he needs a game to show what he can do..but the havent got it right with their test squads. Wagner is unlikely to take 5 wickets in an innings is he?...Anderson can do that job...Ryder must be thinking, WOW, "I must look to bat like Peter Fulton so I can make the side"

  • orangtan on January 26, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    So there will be an IS (Ish Sodhi) playing against India, let's make sure our IS (I Shan't Sharma) does not play for/against us.

  • cricketlover111 on January 26, 2014, 21:44 GMT

    Good on the selectors. Would have loved to have seen Ryder playing, but how can you change a team that has just beaten a higher ranked team 2-0 (should have been 3). It sounds like Ryder will probably get a chance anyway at some stage.

  • silentassassin_88 on January 26, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    @BalaSenty , every team is stronger at home and yes, NZ can win the series. But wait. Indian test squad is slightly different and albeit the bowlers, batting looks okay. The only way to lose is by the Indian bowlers' inability to take 20 wickets. So the test series looks evenly poised. ( but as u said, India will find ways to lose from a strong position :-p)

    India should go for ZAK, Bhuvi and shami for their fast bowling department and a spinner. Also Dhoni should contribute with the bat, more in overseas tests since even the 30 or 40 odd runs from him will be crucial. Awaiting Dhawan and Rohit Sharma's performance in their second away series. Hope they put a price on their wicket and contribute more and don't throw away their wicket.

  • on January 26, 2014, 14:38 GMT

    Ryder should have been picked! Mccullum should be opening with Rutherford with Jesse batting at 5. This feels a bit like giving the series to India Before they even have begun. I know Fulton has done quite well opening since he came back but Ryder is such a class act.

  • warneneverchuck on January 26, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    @ harmony lol NZ is not playing against eng or aus that test wil be over in 3 days

  • warneneverchuck on January 26, 2014, 14:16 GMT

    India wil be having pujara in test who is batting very well in tests at an average of 70 which noone os doing at the moment in test. So it wil be good contest

  • BalaSenty on January 26, 2014, 13:29 GMT

    With the current form of Indians @Harmony11l is correct. India will loose the test series but NZ team may require 5 days like what happened in SA., Yes silentassassin_88 @Harmonay11! is judged Indian team well, Indian team will find ways to loose overseas.

  • silentassassin_88 on January 26, 2014, 12:26 GMT

    @Harmony11l : Man, you are good at dreaming. Remember it took more than 4 days for south africa to win the recently concluded durban test against inexperienced Indian side even with the likes of steyn, morkel, philander (of course, Kallis' sheer brilliance paved the way). So better wake up and stop living in your dreams.

    I would be disappointed if NZ does not give greenest of all the pitches in the test series. I am an Indian fan and I want these lads to be tested as much as possible. Only the best should remain in the test team.

    I would blame Indian captain for the recent losses, thanks to his poor team selection policies. Why should he wait for people like gavaskar to slam Ishant to get him out of the team. Selecting out of form players would do no good to them and for the team. In fact it would demoralize them more. Get Raina, Ishant out of the team and give them some domestic matches to regain their form.

  • CricketCoachDB on January 26, 2014, 11:18 GMT

    @InsideHedge then the commentators don't know their cricket if they think that Bennett is only playing T20's! He's the leading domestic FC wicket-taker with 24 wickets at 23.12. McCleneghan is an OD/T20 specialist with a FC average of 39.70: he even has more List A wickets than FC. He will not and should not ever be near consideration for Test's. As for their ODI attack being better than their Test attack: debatable. Boult is a world class bowler and doesn't play in shorter formats, whilst Southee is better in longer formats.

  • christy29 on January 26, 2014, 10:40 GMT

    The good thing about this series is that our 3 weakest players, Peter fulton and Neil wagner and doug bracewell will fail and may never be seen in another test. The bad thing is we may lose because of this.

  • on January 26, 2014, 9:28 GMT

    Please Victoria Jane Taylor, I beg you. Brother or sister of mackenzie can wait. If ross is gone for any test, it'll be over before it started! Don't see Brendon (as much as I like him) playing a gritty 200 ball 124.

  • on January 26, 2014, 8:52 GMT

    No bennet,guptill and latham in squad so sad in bennet in for bracewell and latham in for watling and guptill should be in for rutherford or fulton

  • alesana85 on January 26, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    Shame Jesse Ryder will only be batting cover for Ross Taylor, I'd pick him ahead of Brendon McCullum or replace Fulton or Rutherford, I don't think Bennett has the stamina to go five days....yet, but if he becomes test match fit I'd leave out Wagner. The most intriguing selection for me is Doug Bracewell, I got a feeling he will start ahead of Wagner in the first test as NZ already has 2 left arm seamers in Boult & Anderson.

  • vkumar_086. on January 26, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    No matter what the NZ team is, they can thrash India inside 3 days. I can get my street boys to get the overrated Indian batting lineup all out cheaply.

  • on January 26, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Shame considering Jesse Ryder's Test record against India is amazing. He has the 2nd best Test average of the current players. Fulton and Rutherford surely are on notice. But really the elephant in the room is Brendon McCullum. Surely his time in the Test arena has come to a conclusion?

  • InsideHedge on January 26, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    For those who think Bennett should be in the Test squad based on a couple of tight overs he bowled in the last ODI don't know their cricket. Even on first time viewing, it was obvious to see that he was struggling to get through 10 overs in a day, huffing and puffing his way back to his bowling mark. The commentators pointed out that he's only been playing T20s recently.

    Similar issue with McCleneghan altho he's a much better bowler than Bennett. Milne is a walking injury prospect, I hope he doesn't turn out to be another Shaun Tait.

    I can see why Kiwi fans are disappointed with the Test squad, many will agree that the ODI squad is more potent. While Rutherford is an aggressive batter who will enjoy the Indian bowling, the Indian bowlers in turn won't mind bowling to Fulton. Meanwhile, Sodhi will not cause any alarms for the Indian batters. Overall, the ODI Kiwi attack is superior to the Test version.

    If the Eden pitch is a drop-in, the 1st Test could be a bore draw.

  • on January 26, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    I like that the selectors are showing faith in players, it has been lacking in selection for the past 2 decades. However I do think there are some issues. I agree that Bracewell is a lucky selection but Im not sure Bennett is up to 5 day match fitness, he seemed to be blowing a bit after 5 overs. If hes fit enough then Id include over Bracewell. Latham is also unlucky and I think he deserves Fultons spot and as a specialist opener only. The back up keeper to Watling has to be Ronchi, great glovework and in my opinion a better long form batsmen than short form. Now onto RYDER, just get him in! Its a no brainer, but alas it will never happen as the captain is playing in his spot. Sad but true. PS. Im a big fan of McCullums captaincy too, but he shouldnt be keeping a superior run scorer out.

  • on January 26, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Nobody ever has batting/keeping cover in a home test squad christy29. We've got 1 extra spot for a bowler (probably Bracewell, or maybe Wagner - unless it's a green top in which case Sodhi might sit out as Hesson said), and Ryder is in as cover in case Taylor has to leave the team just before either test. Bracewell does appear to be their on past form though. Maybe they want a bit of x-factor. Whatever that means. :)

  • kiwicricketnut on January 26, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    well its a shame they are only using ryder as cover, he is the second best test batsman in the country, crazy logic not fitting him in and not having an out n out quick in the squad is a shame, i know milne is out but the way bennett was all over kohli the other day he might have been worth a gamble as a third seamer, this is surely this opening pairs last chance, especially now guptill is ironing out his deficiancies and latham keeps on piling on the runs, my ideal xi would be. 1.guptill 2.latham 3.williamson 4.taylor 5.ryder 6.anderson 7,watling 8.sohdi 9.southee 10.boult 11.bennett i know the playing xi will be alot different to that but out of all the fit and available players that would be the best xi on the park

  • CaptainPiha on January 26, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Haven't seen Bracewell do anything this summer to suggest he should be there ahead of Bennett. Maybe they just want that 3rd seamer donkey who can bowl 400 overs on the trot. Even then I'm not sure Doug is your man, even as back up for Wagner.. Keep an eye on this Hamish Bennett kid folks, he showed huge promise before his back surgery took him out of the game and since he has come back this year his Plunket Shield numbers are outstanding. His spell against India on Saturday was pretty special - he got Kohli for heavens sake! Probably wouldn't change the batting - Guppy is unlucky but he is a frail opener against the red ball as he doesn't leave enough. I'd give Jesse a go over Hamish though, Jesse knows how to rein it in and he got his double ton against India! It seems we are keen to pursue the left/right opening combo to unsettle the rhythm of the bowlers. Good

  • vkumar_086. on January 26, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    NZ can field a school boy XI in Auckland to play this overrated Indian team. All you need is just 80 overs to run through the team. They just depend on luck and umpiring assistance all the time to win matches. They latest ICC saga is a BCCI conspiracy to rule the cricket world and destroy this gentleman's game.

  • Sachit1979 on January 26, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Hamish Bennet should have been given chance ahead of Neil Wagner. His pace and bounce would have been good enough to trouble Indians in green tracks.

  • christy29 on January 26, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Im really not happy with this team. I will give them fulton and rutherford but latham should be in the squad as batting and keeping cover. The terrible selection here is bracewell. He has done nothing in the last year add to that terrible 1st class form while hamish bennett has troubled the indians and is in great domestic form, ridiculous. Even mitch Mcglenaghan would have been a much better selection. No neesham as cover either? his form has also been great

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  • christy29 on January 26, 2014, 4:08 GMT

    Im really not happy with this team. I will give them fulton and rutherford but latham should be in the squad as batting and keeping cover. The terrible selection here is bracewell. He has done nothing in the last year add to that terrible 1st class form while hamish bennett has troubled the indians and is in great domestic form, ridiculous. Even mitch Mcglenaghan would have been a much better selection. No neesham as cover either? his form has also been great

  • Sachit1979 on January 26, 2014, 4:36 GMT

    Hamish Bennet should have been given chance ahead of Neil Wagner. His pace and bounce would have been good enough to trouble Indians in green tracks.

  • vkumar_086. on January 26, 2014, 4:53 GMT

    NZ can field a school boy XI in Auckland to play this overrated Indian team. All you need is just 80 overs to run through the team. They just depend on luck and umpiring assistance all the time to win matches. They latest ICC saga is a BCCI conspiracy to rule the cricket world and destroy this gentleman's game.

  • CaptainPiha on January 26, 2014, 6:20 GMT

    Haven't seen Bracewell do anything this summer to suggest he should be there ahead of Bennett. Maybe they just want that 3rd seamer donkey who can bowl 400 overs on the trot. Even then I'm not sure Doug is your man, even as back up for Wagner.. Keep an eye on this Hamish Bennett kid folks, he showed huge promise before his back surgery took him out of the game and since he has come back this year his Plunket Shield numbers are outstanding. His spell against India on Saturday was pretty special - he got Kohli for heavens sake! Probably wouldn't change the batting - Guppy is unlucky but he is a frail opener against the red ball as he doesn't leave enough. I'd give Jesse a go over Hamish though, Jesse knows how to rein it in and he got his double ton against India! It seems we are keen to pursue the left/right opening combo to unsettle the rhythm of the bowlers. Good

  • kiwicricketnut on January 26, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    well its a shame they are only using ryder as cover, he is the second best test batsman in the country, crazy logic not fitting him in and not having an out n out quick in the squad is a shame, i know milne is out but the way bennett was all over kohli the other day he might have been worth a gamble as a third seamer, this is surely this opening pairs last chance, especially now guptill is ironing out his deficiancies and latham keeps on piling on the runs, my ideal xi would be. 1.guptill 2.latham 3.williamson 4.taylor 5.ryder 6.anderson 7,watling 8.sohdi 9.southee 10.boult 11.bennett i know the playing xi will be alot different to that but out of all the fit and available players that would be the best xi on the park

  • on January 26, 2014, 7:01 GMT

    Nobody ever has batting/keeping cover in a home test squad christy29. We've got 1 extra spot for a bowler (probably Bracewell, or maybe Wagner - unless it's a green top in which case Sodhi might sit out as Hesson said), and Ryder is in as cover in case Taylor has to leave the team just before either test. Bracewell does appear to be their on past form though. Maybe they want a bit of x-factor. Whatever that means. :)

  • on January 26, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    I like that the selectors are showing faith in players, it has been lacking in selection for the past 2 decades. However I do think there are some issues. I agree that Bracewell is a lucky selection but Im not sure Bennett is up to 5 day match fitness, he seemed to be blowing a bit after 5 overs. If hes fit enough then Id include over Bracewell. Latham is also unlucky and I think he deserves Fultons spot and as a specialist opener only. The back up keeper to Watling has to be Ronchi, great glovework and in my opinion a better long form batsmen than short form. Now onto RYDER, just get him in! Its a no brainer, but alas it will never happen as the captain is playing in his spot. Sad but true. PS. Im a big fan of McCullums captaincy too, but he shouldnt be keeping a superior run scorer out.

  • InsideHedge on January 26, 2014, 8:01 GMT

    For those who think Bennett should be in the Test squad based on a couple of tight overs he bowled in the last ODI don't know their cricket. Even on first time viewing, it was obvious to see that he was struggling to get through 10 overs in a day, huffing and puffing his way back to his bowling mark. The commentators pointed out that he's only been playing T20s recently.

    Similar issue with McCleneghan altho he's a much better bowler than Bennett. Milne is a walking injury prospect, I hope he doesn't turn out to be another Shaun Tait.

    I can see why Kiwi fans are disappointed with the Test squad, many will agree that the ODI squad is more potent. While Rutherford is an aggressive batter who will enjoy the Indian bowling, the Indian bowlers in turn won't mind bowling to Fulton. Meanwhile, Sodhi will not cause any alarms for the Indian batters. Overall, the ODI Kiwi attack is superior to the Test version.

    If the Eden pitch is a drop-in, the 1st Test could be a bore draw.

  • on January 26, 2014, 8:04 GMT

    Shame considering Jesse Ryder's Test record against India is amazing. He has the 2nd best Test average of the current players. Fulton and Rutherford surely are on notice. But really the elephant in the room is Brendon McCullum. Surely his time in the Test arena has come to a conclusion?

  • vkumar_086. on January 26, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    No matter what the NZ team is, they can thrash India inside 3 days. I can get my street boys to get the overrated Indian batting lineup all out cheaply.