New Zealand v India, 2nd Test, Wellington

Neesham and Latham in Test squad

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February 11, 2014

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James Neesham goes up in appeal, Sri Lanka v New Zealand, 3rd ODI, Dambulla, November 16, 2013
Jimmy Neesham has played ODI and Twenty20 cricket and is now in Test contention © Associated Press
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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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Posted by   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.

Posted by   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?

Posted by   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.

Posted by   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.

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 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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

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