New Zealand v India, 2nd Test, Wellington February 11, 2014

Neesham and Latham in Test squad

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The uncapped allrounder Jimmy Neesham and batsman Tom Latham have been added to New Zealand's squad for the second Test against India starting in Wellington on Friday.

The chances of New Zealand making a change after their 40-run victory in the first Test in Auckland may appear slim but alterations to the squad were required after Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell were both unavailable for selection. Both men have been fined by New Zealand Cricket for misconduct after they were out drinking until 3am on the first morning of the Auckland Test.

Neither Ryder nor Bracewell were considered for the squad for the second Test due to their off-field behaviour. Neesham has been brought in as a replacement for Bracewell, while Latham has taken the place of Ryder as cover for Ross Taylor, who is awaiting the birth of his second child. If the baby is not born before the match starts, Latham will make his debut so Taylor can sit out.

"Tom's an incredibly exciting prospect and is constantly pushing for selection," Bruce Edgar, the general manager of national selection, said. "If called upon, we're confident that he'll take the opportunity with both hands."

Latham, 21, has played 13 one-day internationals and seven Twenty20s for his country but is yet to be called upon in Test cricket. Neesham, 23, has played 11 ODIs and five T20s for New Zealand and the selectors believe that although he is not necessarily a like-for-like replacement for Bracewell, he offers plenty with both bat and ball.

"We see Jimmy as a genuine all-rounder who can play a number of roles for us. His form with both bat and ball in the Plunket Shield this season speaks for itself," Edgar said. "We've been able to keep a settled side recently and strung together some successful results along the way. We hope to keep that going, but are well aware India will come back at us hard."

New Zealand squad Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, BJ Watling (wk), Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.

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  • portman on February 11, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Good to see the changes, nothing too surprising when considering the way Ryder and Bracewell carry on. In all fairness they should be gone for good. NZ is starting to show a winning attitude and greater depth than we have seen for a long time. Maybe this summer a corner has been turned and all supporters can look forward to watching more winning performances from cricketers who play as a team. The squad for Wgtn looks good, hope the boys can keep the summer going... well done to all of them.

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    "Posted by dowdenpatr on (February 12, 2014, 7:50 GMT) What are the NZ selectors doing? Neesham seriously? Did you see him get spanked in the Odis Dhoni must be licking his lips Sodhi Anderson and Neesham and probably no Taylor we might as well give them the test already. The biggest problem I have with the team selections right now is that they seem to all be coming from Otago it makes me think Hesson being from Otago is a bit of a dictator. Daniel Flynn and Gillespie are obviously the most in form players and yet they don't get picked." lolz!! Thanks again for jinxing the match in favour of the sane people. Kudos.

    Also, were these 'players from Otago"? Brendon and Nathan McCullum, Wagner, Ryder, Neesham and Rutherford? Hardly the worst players going around are they? You could argue dropping Rutherford, but not over Fulton, so, again, you are spectacularly wrong. Geeez..... just Ssshhhhhhh.

  • on February 13, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    @dowdenpatr - Oh and by the way, your other complaint is that everyone is from Otago? really? Because, two things, and they are both to do entirely with FACT rather than opinion, okay?:

    1. The starting line-up has four Otago players, FIVE Northern District players and 2 Cantabrians. So you are technically wrong.

    2. Otago and ND have been the two dominant teams in everything for ages... why? They have the best players... on yer bike Aucklander.... maybe get a new coach now that Strang has run you into the ground?

  • on February 13, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    @Dowdenpatr... what!? Check Neesham's stats? He was attacked as the fifth bowler by India but also spanked them for 34 not out off 19 balls and his bowling cannot be attacked in a test match or if it is - good you know what luck my trolling friend. He got picked up in the IPL as an all-rounder for a very good reason... one that has clearly alluded you. Thank God you are not a selector. Neesham, on a green pitch, after Ish Sodhi's ineffectiveness in the last game will undoubtedly bolster BOTH our bowling and our batting for this game in Taylor's absence. So, to answer your question, "No, but are you kidding? Or do you just know nothing and like showing it?" All the best to these talented and deserving debutantes.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    @dowdenpatr I don't agree. Bowling in odi's and specially in death overs and bowling as 3/4th seamer is very different. Neesham is a good prosepect and is not a slogger. But Mark must have felt hard done by.

  • dowdenpatr on February 12, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    What are the NZ selectors doing? Neesham seriously? Did you see him get spanked in the Odis Dhoni must be licking his lips Sodhi Anderson and Neesham and probably no Taylor we might as well give them the test already. The biggest problem is because they haven't tried a new opener leading into the next series meaning they will have to keep the same two who are playing like rubbish.The biggest problem I have with the team selections right now is that they seem to all be coming from Otago it makes me think Hesson being from Otago is a bit of a dictator. Daniel Flynn and Gillespie are obviously the most in form players and yet they don't get picked.

  • cheesemethod on February 11, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    I really think NZ may have missed a trick by keeping Sodhi in. I'm sure India love the decision that hes still there so he can provide easy scoring through the middle of the innings. I would have made one change - Sodhi OUT - Matt Henry IN Southee, Boult, Anderson, Wagner, Henry - A good solid pace attack with spin coming from Williamson.

  • on February 11, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    @Sridharan.S : Mate, what about Bangladesh's performance for the last 8 ODI matches : West Indies (3-2), New Zealand (3-0)..so basically a win/loss ratio of 75%. Comparing to India's last 8 ODI's : South Africa ( 0-2, should have been 0-3 but saved my rain) and New Zealand (0-4)..So basically, 0-8, a win loss ratio of 0%. Lets hope India don't get whitewashed in 2016,or more pertinently doesn't get humiliated again this ASIA cup by the roaring Bengal tigers

  • 512fm on February 11, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Sodhi really should not be there, just not ready its as simple as that hes woefully out of his depth. Had he not played in Auckland we would have won by probably 120 runs because he leaked so many boundaries. I'm a bit worried because you will not get away with that on too many circumstances. Hopefully the Basin is reasonably green so Neesham can come in for him.

  • on February 11, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut - You are my favourite comments person! I couldn't have put it better myself, nor explained it so logically and succinctly. There might (MIGHT) be a double first cap presentation this Friday.... if there is, I gotta gut feel it will be an excited and motivated team we watch representing the Black Caps in Wellington. For those wondering why they went with Neesham and not a out and out bowler (albeit Neesham's first-class bowling stats are a bowler's stats), just read kiwicricketnut's post. If Taylor's child has not been born by Thursday NZ-time, Latham will play. At that point, kiwicricketnut's (and my) predicted team becomes sensible. Good luck boys and give it everything. Don't overplay or underplay your hand. Don't be nervous about it being one of our great test series wins if we win, rather, own the moment and enjoy it. We can do this. But nothing good comes easy... so, we must lift again.

  • portman on February 11, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Good to see the changes, nothing too surprising when considering the way Ryder and Bracewell carry on. In all fairness they should be gone for good. NZ is starting to show a winning attitude and greater depth than we have seen for a long time. Maybe this summer a corner has been turned and all supporters can look forward to watching more winning performances from cricketers who play as a team. The squad for Wgtn looks good, hope the boys can keep the summer going... well done to all of them.

  • on February 17, 2014, 13:47 GMT

    "Posted by dowdenpatr on (February 12, 2014, 7:50 GMT) What are the NZ selectors doing? Neesham seriously? Did you see him get spanked in the Odis Dhoni must be licking his lips Sodhi Anderson and Neesham and probably no Taylor we might as well give them the test already. The biggest problem I have with the team selections right now is that they seem to all be coming from Otago it makes me think Hesson being from Otago is a bit of a dictator. Daniel Flynn and Gillespie are obviously the most in form players and yet they don't get picked." lolz!! Thanks again for jinxing the match in favour of the sane people. Kudos.

    Also, were these 'players from Otago"? Brendon and Nathan McCullum, Wagner, Ryder, Neesham and Rutherford? Hardly the worst players going around are they? You could argue dropping Rutherford, but not over Fulton, so, again, you are spectacularly wrong. Geeez..... just Ssshhhhhhh.

  • on February 13, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    @dowdenpatr - Oh and by the way, your other complaint is that everyone is from Otago? really? Because, two things, and they are both to do entirely with FACT rather than opinion, okay?:

    1. The starting line-up has four Otago players, FIVE Northern District players and 2 Cantabrians. So you are technically wrong.

    2. Otago and ND have been the two dominant teams in everything for ages... why? They have the best players... on yer bike Aucklander.... maybe get a new coach now that Strang has run you into the ground?

  • on February 13, 2014, 8:02 GMT

    @Dowdenpatr... what!? Check Neesham's stats? He was attacked as the fifth bowler by India but also spanked them for 34 not out off 19 balls and his bowling cannot be attacked in a test match or if it is - good you know what luck my trolling friend. He got picked up in the IPL as an all-rounder for a very good reason... one that has clearly alluded you. Thank God you are not a selector. Neesham, on a green pitch, after Ish Sodhi's ineffectiveness in the last game will undoubtedly bolster BOTH our bowling and our batting for this game in Taylor's absence. So, to answer your question, "No, but are you kidding? Or do you just know nothing and like showing it?" All the best to these talented and deserving debutantes.

  • on February 12, 2014, 8:26 GMT

    @dowdenpatr I don't agree. Bowling in odi's and specially in death overs and bowling as 3/4th seamer is very different. Neesham is a good prosepect and is not a slogger. But Mark must have felt hard done by.

  • dowdenpatr on February 12, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    What are the NZ selectors doing? Neesham seriously? Did you see him get spanked in the Odis Dhoni must be licking his lips Sodhi Anderson and Neesham and probably no Taylor we might as well give them the test already. The biggest problem is because they haven't tried a new opener leading into the next series meaning they will have to keep the same two who are playing like rubbish.The biggest problem I have with the team selections right now is that they seem to all be coming from Otago it makes me think Hesson being from Otago is a bit of a dictator. Daniel Flynn and Gillespie are obviously the most in form players and yet they don't get picked.

  • cheesemethod on February 11, 2014, 22:06 GMT

    I really think NZ may have missed a trick by keeping Sodhi in. I'm sure India love the decision that hes still there so he can provide easy scoring through the middle of the innings. I would have made one change - Sodhi OUT - Matt Henry IN Southee, Boult, Anderson, Wagner, Henry - A good solid pace attack with spin coming from Williamson.

  • on February 11, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    @Sridharan.S : Mate, what about Bangladesh's performance for the last 8 ODI matches : West Indies (3-2), New Zealand (3-0)..so basically a win/loss ratio of 75%. Comparing to India's last 8 ODI's : South Africa ( 0-2, should have been 0-3 but saved my rain) and New Zealand (0-4)..So basically, 0-8, a win loss ratio of 0%. Lets hope India don't get whitewashed in 2016,or more pertinently doesn't get humiliated again this ASIA cup by the roaring Bengal tigers

  • 512fm on February 11, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Sodhi really should not be there, just not ready its as simple as that hes woefully out of his depth. Had he not played in Auckland we would have won by probably 120 runs because he leaked so many boundaries. I'm a bit worried because you will not get away with that on too many circumstances. Hopefully the Basin is reasonably green so Neesham can come in for him.

  • on February 11, 2014, 11:54 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut - You are my favourite comments person! I couldn't have put it better myself, nor explained it so logically and succinctly. There might (MIGHT) be a double first cap presentation this Friday.... if there is, I gotta gut feel it will be an excited and motivated team we watch representing the Black Caps in Wellington. For those wondering why they went with Neesham and not a out and out bowler (albeit Neesham's first-class bowling stats are a bowler's stats), just read kiwicricketnut's post. If Taylor's child has not been born by Thursday NZ-time, Latham will play. At that point, kiwicricketnut's (and my) predicted team becomes sensible. Good luck boys and give it everything. Don't overplay or underplay your hand. Don't be nervous about it being one of our great test series wins if we win, rather, own the moment and enjoy it. We can do this. But nothing good comes easy... so, we must lift again.

  • Shridharan.S on February 11, 2014, 9:27 GMT

    @Dipayan Bhattacharjee Bangladesh just won against West Indies twice and Zimbabwe once in their last 13 matches. They lost all other matches. India played against some of the good teams like England,Australia,South Africa. I agree India were not able to get successful results but showed good fight like the recent one in Johannesburg Test. Bangladesh played mediocre teams and the two test matches they won against West Indies was against a second string team. Stop boasting about your team and see the reality. Come 2016 we'll see how Bangladesh do in their tour to India.

  • KARNAWAT33 on February 11, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    Why hasn't Ish Sodhi been dropped? Probably, the worst fielder among the Top8 test playing nations, can't bat for nuts and the worst leg spinner with competition from Imran Tahir. If he hadn't been there, India wouldn't have cut loose like they did. Please play a pace bowler instead of that garbage now that Nathan McCullum is not in the squad and ask your board and curator(s) to stop succumbing to the pressure from BCCI and have a grass strip like it is supposed to be in NEW ZELAND!

  • kiwicricketnut on February 11, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    having thought about it a little more i actually think neesham will play if taylor doesn't, no offense to latham who is a fine batsman but losing taylor out of our batting line up is huge so i think not only will they bring in latham but also neesham as an insurance policy down the order, bit harsh on sohdi who can also bat a bit but neesham is a genuine batsman, i like sohdi and want to see him play but thats what i think the selectors will do and its probably the safest thing to do as well

  • Snowbadger15 on February 11, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Pleased for Latham and Neesham as they our both outstanding young talents that will be more valuable to us with experience. Latham should come in for Rutherford after Taylor returns as Hamish has to accept that scoring a ton on debut doesn't guarantee success in international cricket. Pity about ryders behaviour as he is a key part od our team despite his recent international form. Ideal 11 Latham, McCullum, Williamson, Taylor, Ryder, Anderson, Watling, Southee, Sodhi, Wagner/Milne/Neesham, Boult

  • johnhamilton on February 11, 2014, 7:20 GMT

    @batbowlcatch No need to be perplexed about Martin, he really couldn't turn the ball that much and hardly troubled anyone in the air. I like sodhi, he definitely has the talent, just needs to work on his consistency and is worth persisting with. Happy to see latham and neesham in there, these are the young talents we need to develop. Ryder is a great talent but needs to work on his personal issues, and take some responsibility for his own actions I think nzc should move on from him at the moment.

  • SyedArbabAhmed on February 11, 2014, 7:19 GMT

    Despite of their immense talent, some people never learn from their past mistakes = Jese Ryder

  • JustIPL on February 11, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Only opening slot and Ish sodhi's slot can be experimented with as both were the weak links in 1st test and both Neesham/Latham should get a go. NZ 1-0 up in the series and some careful experimenation will worth. Situation is not that serious for NZ so Ryder/Doug better stay away for now and do whatever they do the worst.

  • on February 11, 2014, 7:08 GMT

    Bangladesh Away Test results: in last 13 tests, won 3, drawn 1, lost 9. India Away Test results: in last 13 tests, won 0, drawn 3, lost 10. 'NONE' of the test teams have won an away series in 2013...and people think winning tests in BD is easy.

  • on February 11, 2014, 6:04 GMT

    looking forward to the next round of excuses from sub-continental fans. Doesn't Boult like the Basin?

  • BatBowlCatch on February 11, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    Good to see Latham finally in the squad. A good middle order cover for Taylor but ultimately I think he will end up opening - probably with Guptill. It's hard to say but its time for a new opening pair yet again (ouch, that hurt!). NZ have almost the perfect balance in the side but still looking for openers. The way it is now, Williamson may as well be opening. And on balance, I am surprised that Neesham is in the squad. With Bracewell on the way out, NZ need to find another long term back up to the current fast bowling trio. I'm still not convinced about Sodhi but do realise he is a work in progress. I'd like to see Nathan McCullum given a shot and am still perplexed as to why Bruce Martin's career was cut short. What ever way selection goes anyway, lets just look forward to another ripper of a test with a NZ victory and an end to our most successful summer since... um, I think I was still in nappies. Bring on the World Cup.

  • Iceman29 on February 11, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    Refreshing to see new faces in NZ team again...its amazing with so much reserve players NZ is still not able to stamp their authority in world cricket but i have no doubt they will soon....Ind selectors have to learn from NZ on how to select players and rotate them so that we have a better bench strength not relying on the same non performers...its no use if you got so much money and do not invest on players and infrastructures...

  • rakster on February 11, 2014, 4:33 GMT

    Given the scandal in India, should this test take place, should the Asia Cup proceed and should Indian be participating in the T20 World Cup?

  • mjs28 on February 11, 2014, 4:16 GMT

    Latham should get a go opening. FUlton has had his days. Look to the future

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    Ryder should have played in place of Taylor if he had to sit out. I'd play him even if he was drinking rum during the toss. Ryder is that good.

  • pt_pt on February 11, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    So the struggling openers get yet another life line, we shall see if one of them can turn it around in this final test. They will be under enormous pressure to make decent score, which is not a good thing going into a match.

  • kiwicricketnut on February 11, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    two fantastic prospects, love the fact these two are getting a go, but one of them will probably be 12th man sadly, it will probably be neesham unless they drop sohdi which would surprise me going in with 5 seamers but wouldn't be a bad tactic. latham should play wheather taylor plays or not, our openers have been so poor he has to get the nod, wish them both the best of luck

  • SameOld on February 11, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Yep, these two seem to be the next in line and both deserve the call-up. Henry probably would have been close if fit, bad luck for him. A little rough on Guptill, too, but Latham deserves a chance. The less said about Ryder at the moment, the better.

    I hope NZ aren't forced to make any changes (can't see them choosing to do so), but it would be fascinating to see how these two fit in. Latham for Taylor would require a reshuffle. Baz at four, Latham at five would be the least disruption, but how about Latham opening and Rutherford at five or six with a licence to play expansively? Could be interesting.

    Neesham will only play if one of the bowlers goes down, or maybe if Rossco and another batsman are both unavailable. With Southee and Sodhi both batting pretty well lately, Neesham (a genuine allrounder) could bat as low as 9, and barely bowl an over! Funny old game, cricket.

    Like I mentioned earlier, hopefully no changes will be necessary. Here's hoping for another cracking Test

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:21 GMT

    @Nikko Is it time to unleash the neesh? It is!

  • on February 11, 2014, 3:18 GMT

    indians r happy because dhoni and indian player are not playing in good outside country but they r playing good in home and ipl it is good to make money for bcci and ill fanchaises

  • Sachit1979 on February 11, 2014, 3:11 GMT

    Neesham was very easily handled by Indians in recent ODI series. It should have been Martin Guptill rather who could have offered a replacement for not in form openers Fulton and Rutherford. Moreover Nethula did not find any role in kiwis first test win so his spot is also debatable for second test.

  • on February 11, 2014, 2:58 GMT

    I'm not suprised either Neesham or Latham were selected but I dont see how Neesham will play

  • yetigoat on February 11, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Neesham, a specialist 4th seamer who bats at 7...... Anyone remember David Capel?

  • on February 11, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    Terrific to see Latham given a chance to join the squad, he has impressed me at the Domestic level along with Corey Anderson. Hopefully he can make the transition to Test level as well as Anderson has. Best of luck to both Neesham and Latham.

  • mthw on February 11, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    Ryder at 29, should left out for good... Yeah, yeah apparently his fans say that he has a few years left in him (if he ever gets off the grog), but the best thing for him as a human being is for him to get away from cricket and the grog. Otherwise he is on a downhill slide to nowhere town...

    Anyway, Guptill deserves to be in the test team before Ryder. And I would have picked Guptill ahead of Latham for this test as well. Losing our best bat and replacing him with a debutant is a big risk. I would rather have someone there that has been there before if Taylor has to miss out.

  • on February 11, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    Ok, so Jesse Ryder is a bad boy off field, but it's not as if he was playing. Would much rather see him in the squad than Ish.

  • Sir_Francis on February 11, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Just looked at Latham's stats. Less than 22 but has played 26 FC games! AND averages 42!!! How come he hasn't played Tests already. Australia would love a young bloke that experienced and successful

  • on February 11, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    Tom Latham should not be cover for Ross, he should be a straight replacement for Peter Fulton who has continued to show a complete inadequacy to play any ball delivered outside off-stump.

    However in saying that, I'm glad him and Neesham have been rewarded for continued provincial success and would be very tempted to play Neesham in the XI ahead of Sodhi who still has a long way to go before he is begins taking the wickets of good batsmen.

  • SixFourOut on February 11, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    India are more susceptible to pace than spin ipso facto Sodhi has been patently ineffective.

    Bringing in Neesham gives NZ the opportunity to hit the Indians with height ergo bounce and put them in their discomfort zone.

    He also adds some very useful batting down the order and if anything he boosts both departments.

    Corey Anderson's role is interesting, because to me he is of the One Day ilk in that he will bowl well to batsmen who must score runs, but in tests he will be quite harmless.

    Fulton's had his chances and it's time to go, but frankly, Rutherford will not be far behind him. Latham and Guptill shoul be shoo-ins.

    NZ: Guptill - Latham - Williamson- Taylor - BMac - Anderson - Watling - Neesham - Boult - Wagner - Southee

    As far as India is concerned, play Yadav and Aaron and hit the kiwis with pace.

    India: Dhawan - Vijay - Kohli - Pujara - Rahane - Dhoni - Aswin - Jadeja - Shami - Aaron - Yadav

    Three frontline quicks and spin to trouble NZ - That's a winning side

  • Raj166 on February 11, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    Guptill should have been included in the squad , can any one say why nathan mccullum is not there in the test side ?? He is far better bowler than Ish Sodhi .. !!

  • on February 11, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    I could gloat... but little kudos gets handed out around here, so I will just say: Bravo on two good calls and the correct ones (by the selectors and coach). If the pitch is green and not made for spin, which is likely, they should actually play Neesham in this game. Ish Sodhi is a leg-spinner, will be a great option in the future, but this is not the side to trial / educate him against. This is for the series. Neesham's all-round performance for Otago in the four-day game just ended almost certainly, and rightly, sealed this call-up. He offers potential wickets as the fourth/fifth bowler and can genuinely ramp up a total with the bat. It was a no-brainer frankly. All-rounders rule. On Latham, whilst Guptill was unlucky and it was neck-and-neck for whom would replace Ryder, I predicted these two changes for the reasons I stated elsewhere and am very pleased these selectors seem to know exactly what they are doing currently. Latham is a good straight swap for Taylor - if required.

  • linsen on February 11, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Nice selection but i would prepare to give a chance to munro. he is an exceptional player.hope ryder ll be back soon. best of luck to black cap for the 2nd test

  • linsen on February 11, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Nice selection but i would prepare to give a chance to munro. he is an exceptional player.hope ryder ll be back soon. best of luck to black cap for the 2nd test

  • on February 11, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    I could gloat... but little kudos gets handed out around here, so I will just say: Bravo on two good calls and the correct ones (by the selectors and coach). If the pitch is green and not made for spin, which is likely, they should actually play Neesham in this game. Ish Sodhi is a leg-spinner, will be a great option in the future, but this is not the side to trial / educate him against. This is for the series. Neesham's all-round performance for Otago in the four-day game just ended almost certainly, and rightly, sealed this call-up. He offers potential wickets as the fourth/fifth bowler and can genuinely ramp up a total with the bat. It was a no-brainer frankly. All-rounders rule. On Latham, whilst Guptill was unlucky and it was neck-and-neck for whom would replace Ryder, I predicted these two changes for the reasons I stated elsewhere and am very pleased these selectors seem to know exactly what they are doing currently. Latham is a good straight swap for Taylor - if required.

  • Raj166 on February 11, 2014, 1:01 GMT

    Guptill should have been included in the squad , can any one say why nathan mccullum is not there in the test side ?? He is far better bowler than Ish Sodhi .. !!

  • SixFourOut on February 11, 2014, 1:26 GMT

    India are more susceptible to pace than spin ipso facto Sodhi has been patently ineffective.

    Bringing in Neesham gives NZ the opportunity to hit the Indians with height ergo bounce and put them in their discomfort zone.

    He also adds some very useful batting down the order and if anything he boosts both departments.

    Corey Anderson's role is interesting, because to me he is of the One Day ilk in that he will bowl well to batsmen who must score runs, but in tests he will be quite harmless.

    Fulton's had his chances and it's time to go, but frankly, Rutherford will not be far behind him. Latham and Guptill shoul be shoo-ins.

    NZ: Guptill - Latham - Williamson- Taylor - BMac - Anderson - Watling - Neesham - Boult - Wagner - Southee

    As far as India is concerned, play Yadav and Aaron and hit the kiwis with pace.

    India: Dhawan - Vijay - Kohli - Pujara - Rahane - Dhoni - Aswin - Jadeja - Shami - Aaron - Yadav

    Three frontline quicks and spin to trouble NZ - That's a winning side

  • on February 11, 2014, 1:44 GMT

    Tom Latham should not be cover for Ross, he should be a straight replacement for Peter Fulton who has continued to show a complete inadequacy to play any ball delivered outside off-stump.

    However in saying that, I'm glad him and Neesham have been rewarded for continued provincial success and would be very tempted to play Neesham in the XI ahead of Sodhi who still has a long way to go before he is begins taking the wickets of good batsmen.

  • Sir_Francis on February 11, 2014, 1:51 GMT

    Just looked at Latham's stats. Less than 22 but has played 26 FC games! AND averages 42!!! How come he hasn't played Tests already. Australia would love a young bloke that experienced and successful

  • on February 11, 2014, 1:57 GMT

    Ok, so Jesse Ryder is a bad boy off field, but it's not as if he was playing. Would much rather see him in the squad than Ish.

  • mthw on February 11, 2014, 2:02 GMT

    Ryder at 29, should left out for good... Yeah, yeah apparently his fans say that he has a few years left in him (if he ever gets off the grog), but the best thing for him as a human being is for him to get away from cricket and the grog. Otherwise he is on a downhill slide to nowhere town...

    Anyway, Guptill deserves to be in the test team before Ryder. And I would have picked Guptill ahead of Latham for this test as well. Losing our best bat and replacing him with a debutant is a big risk. I would rather have someone there that has been there before if Taylor has to miss out.

  • on February 11, 2014, 2:16 GMT

    Terrific to see Latham given a chance to join the squad, he has impressed me at the Domestic level along with Corey Anderson. Hopefully he can make the transition to Test level as well as Anderson has. Best of luck to both Neesham and Latham.

  • yetigoat on February 11, 2014, 2:49 GMT

    Neesham, a specialist 4th seamer who bats at 7...... Anyone remember David Capel?