Pakistan in New Zealand 2010-11 December 22, 2010

Reece Young replaces Gareth Hopkins for Pakistan Tests

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Wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins, who had a poor tour of India, has been replaced by Canterbury's uncapped Reece Young in New Zealand's 13-member squad for the two-Test home series against Pakistan that begins on January 7. Offspinner Jeetan Patel and top-order batsman BJ Watling are the other players to be dropped from the Test side. Daniel Vettori will return to lead the team after missing the three Twenty20 matches that kick off the tour, beginning on Boxing Day, as he recovers from a back injury.

"We have kept faith with the majority of the squad who performed well in the Test matches against India and want to build on the positive steps the team took in that series," Mark Greatbatch, who was replaced as the team's coach by John Wright, and took over as the chief selector, said. "One new face is wicketkeeper Reece Young who gets a chance after performing well over a number of seasons at domestic and the New Zealand A-level. It's disappointing for Gareth Hopkins who misses out on selection."

In Vettori's absence, Ross Taylor will lead an inexperienced Twenty20 side that includes three new faces - Dean Brownlie, Luke Woodcock and Adam Milne, who is 18 years old. Brendon McCullum, whose participation in the early phases of the tour was in doubt following a back injury, has been included despite doubts over his match-fitness. Peter McGlashan is in the T20 side as a stand-by wicketkeeper, giving New Zealand the option of playing McCullum as a specialist batsman, as he has been doing in Tests for a year now.

"Dean Brownlie and Luke Woodcock have both enjoyed very good domestic form over the last couple of seasons and richly deserve their opportunity," Greatbatch said. "Adam Milne is a promising young bowler and we are keen to give him some early exposure in international cricket. He is a young up-and-comer with the potential to have a big impact in international cricket for many years. Twenty20 is the ideal format for the new guys to get some international experience and exposure.

"Brendon is keen to play and we are monitoring his recovery closely. He will undergo fitness testing later this week and we will make a call, closer to the start of the match."

Following the Twenty20s and the Tests, the teams will also play six one-dayers as their final preparation for the 2011 World Cup in the subcontinent.

Test squad: Daniel Vettori (capt), Brent Arnel, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Andy McKay, Tim McIntosh, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Reece Young (wk)

Twenty20 squad: Ross Taylor (capt), Dean Brownlie, Ian Butler, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (wk), Nathan McCullum, Peter McGlashan (wk), Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Luke Woodcock

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  • Tim40621 on December 24, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    I dont follow NZ domestic cricket, but i saw the Stags play in the champions league and that Noema-Barnett guy really impressed me how comes he's not in the team!? I thought BJ Watling kept wicket he looks a good one-player wheres he?

  • on December 23, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Replace this current black caps with auckland team. They are great and I believe can beat any team.

  • on December 23, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    i dont think van wyk is qualified to play for NZ yet.

  • VipinPK on December 23, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    I thought Reece Young is 'young', but still he is 31 year old. Is there no one who aged less than 30.

  • kuroneko on December 22, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    Luke Woodcock is a ludicrous selection: another journeyman mediocre cricketer in the vein of Peter Ingram et al. If they wanted another spinner they could have gone with Rob Nicol or even Aaron Redmond who are batsmen who can also bowl spin just as well as Woodcock. Man! I think Brownlie is a good call, Milne has potential but it is way too soon for him.

  • MarkM33 on December 22, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    I love reading all the armchair selectors picking their favourites. Let's be completely honest - the talent pool in NZ is very small and the quality of the talent is quite poor. It doesn't matter if Brownlie, van Wyk, Hopkins, Young, Redmond, Woodcok, McKay, Milne or my grandma are picked, they will all struggle to make an impact at international level.

    Take Southee for example - he was supposed to be the next best thing and has acheived very little for NZ. He's slow and bowls eratically.

    The only guy with potential star qualities seems to be this Milne guy who is apparently the only kiwi who can bowl over 140kph.

    How about we Keewees just support our team and enjoy the frustration that comes with it.

  • on December 22, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    No Kieran Noema Barnett or Michael Bates

  • KiwiInOz on December 22, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Shane Bond retired....Hamish Bennett injured his hamstring during his first test against India. Kruger Van Wyk not yet eligible to play for NZ yet.

    Test squad should have included Nathan McCullum as a second spinner. I'd like to see Todd Astle be blooded he's a pretty good batsman/leg spinner!

  • on December 22, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    where is SNANE BOND???????

  • pealzo on December 22, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Get Kruger Van Wyk keeping wkt!!!!!!!!!!! the only reason Young gets a game for Canerbuery is because van wyk left

  • Tim40621 on December 24, 2010, 17:50 GMT

    I dont follow NZ domestic cricket, but i saw the Stags play in the champions league and that Noema-Barnett guy really impressed me how comes he's not in the team!? I thought BJ Watling kept wicket he looks a good one-player wheres he?

  • on December 23, 2010, 22:17 GMT

    Replace this current black caps with auckland team. They are great and I believe can beat any team.

  • on December 23, 2010, 10:28 GMT

    i dont think van wyk is qualified to play for NZ yet.

  • VipinPK on December 23, 2010, 5:11 GMT

    I thought Reece Young is 'young', but still he is 31 year old. Is there no one who aged less than 30.

  • kuroneko on December 22, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    Luke Woodcock is a ludicrous selection: another journeyman mediocre cricketer in the vein of Peter Ingram et al. If they wanted another spinner they could have gone with Rob Nicol or even Aaron Redmond who are batsmen who can also bowl spin just as well as Woodcock. Man! I think Brownlie is a good call, Milne has potential but it is way too soon for him.

  • MarkM33 on December 22, 2010, 20:07 GMT

    I love reading all the armchair selectors picking their favourites. Let's be completely honest - the talent pool in NZ is very small and the quality of the talent is quite poor. It doesn't matter if Brownlie, van Wyk, Hopkins, Young, Redmond, Woodcok, McKay, Milne or my grandma are picked, they will all struggle to make an impact at international level.

    Take Southee for example - he was supposed to be the next best thing and has acheived very little for NZ. He's slow and bowls eratically.

    The only guy with potential star qualities seems to be this Milne guy who is apparently the only kiwi who can bowl over 140kph.

    How about we Keewees just support our team and enjoy the frustration that comes with it.

  • on December 22, 2010, 19:33 GMT

    No Kieran Noema Barnett or Michael Bates

  • KiwiInOz on December 22, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    Shane Bond retired....Hamish Bennett injured his hamstring during his first test against India. Kruger Van Wyk not yet eligible to play for NZ yet.

    Test squad should have included Nathan McCullum as a second spinner. I'd like to see Todd Astle be blooded he's a pretty good batsman/leg spinner!

  • on December 22, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    where is SNANE BOND???????

  • pealzo on December 22, 2010, 17:10 GMT

    Get Kruger Van Wyk keeping wkt!!!!!!!!!!! the only reason Young gets a game for Canerbuery is because van wyk left

  • Muhammad.Zahid.Awan on December 22, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    Muhammad Zahid Awan from Oghi Mansehra Pakistan. it is good for New Zealand to groom young players for world cup and future.

  • asadkum on December 22, 2010, 15:21 GMT

    Mohammad Asad from USA................................................................... I am a Bangladeshi and watched some of the IND-NZ Test. It's good for their future to groom a young wicket keeper permanently and can have bat practice from now on.

  • on December 22, 2010, 15:03 GMT

    good luck both teams. hope pakistan will this series.

  • pbcric on December 22, 2010, 14:59 GMT

    What about Hamish Bennett, the fast bowler who returned during indian tour? I feel B McCullum should do keeping until the world cup as it gives scope to pick a batsman.

  • QWERTYNZ on December 22, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    harrysoon123 - Neil Wagner isn't eligable to play for NZ yet.

  • on December 22, 2010, 14:37 GMT

    Go shed of team New Zealand

  • pimp007 on December 22, 2010, 14:31 GMT

    i think tuffey should be in both squads

  • on December 22, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    dats sensible move by newzealand..

  • on December 22, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    McCullum should play as a keeper-batsman at number 6 and Mills and Tuffey should also be in the test squad. McIntosh, Guptill, Taylor, Ryder, Williamson, McCullum+, Vettori*, Franklin/Southee, Mills, Tuffey, Martin would be a good side and give the Pakistanis a run for their money (no pun intended!).

  • JT0511 on December 22, 2010, 12:45 GMT

    I watched some of the India - NZ Tests on TV and thought that Gareth Hopkins did a fair job keeping wicket. His replacement is an unTested 31yo: at best a stop gap, at worst...?

  • on December 22, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    I m from pakistan, I appreciate the newzealand management, despite loosing so many matches the captain remains intact, that's a good sign , & even in the past Stephen Fleming faced the same issue but newzealand over came it, the only concern is loosing matches on bg occassions as in semi finals.

  • JT0511 on December 22, 2010, 12:36 GMT

    I watched some of the India - NZ Tests on TV and thought that Gareth Hopkins did a fair job keeping wicket. His replacement is an unTested 31yo: at best a stop gap, at worst...?

  • anver777 on December 22, 2010, 10:03 GMT

    Hopkins got so many chances & had failed and if McCullum is not gonna keep for NZ in future then they will have to groom a young wicket keeper permanently who can bat a bit from now on.......I have no idea about REECE YOUNG but hope NZ had found a suitable person for the future !!!!!!!!!!

  • harrysoon123 on December 22, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    What about the otago fast bowler Neil Wagner or Graeme Aldridge instead of mckay who was very expensive against indias b team

    Also if mcullum [wk] gets injured replace him with colin de grandhomme whos sstrike rate is 178.60 and bowls some useful fast medium deliveries .

  • raghu86 on December 22, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Overall good selection. Good to see brownlie and woodcock in the team. Good they have dropped hopkins, how and elliot. Hopefully they won't be selected for the odis either. Styris is no good and we should have had another young player, may be kitchen. Very surprised that they continue to ignore tuffey even for tests. He could have been there ahead of milne.

  • on December 22, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Has Kruger van Wyk qualified as a NZ player? If so, he'd be an excellent gloveman/batsman to play in the ODI setup.

  • rzi-BDML on December 22, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    It will be a tough job for kiwis to rebuild after desastrous tour of the south asia

  • Sachit1979 on December 22, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    ND's Brad Wilson has been impressive so far in ongoing HRV cup. Not sure why he hasn't got chance over Brownlie who has got career T20 strike rate as just 118. He was more fit in test side with decent average in first class. Milne is also too young and too inexperienced for international role. McGlashan and Woodcock look good in this squad.

  • on December 22, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    where is mills?mckay should have been dropped.

  • nzcricket174 on December 22, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    I'm from NZ and I have no idea who Luke Woodcock is...Adam Milne has been around a few months and I already know who he is.

  • on December 22, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Its about time they dropped Hopkins from the squads. His keeping is average at best and his batting is almost non-existent!

  • harrysoon123 on December 22, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Trent Boult should also be in the 2020 squad as he is bowls faster and younger than brent arnel.

    Instead of Young they should have selected Kruger Van Wyk has he has just become able to play for us kiwis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Bradley246 on December 22, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    I still think Aron Redmond should be in the t20 squad he has been outstanding for the Otago Volts in there terrible t2o hrv cup.

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  • Bradley246 on December 22, 2010, 4:38 GMT

    I still think Aron Redmond should be in the t20 squad he has been outstanding for the Otago Volts in there terrible t2o hrv cup.

  • harrysoon123 on December 22, 2010, 4:43 GMT

    Trent Boult should also be in the 2020 squad as he is bowls faster and younger than brent arnel.

    Instead of Young they should have selected Kruger Van Wyk has he has just become able to play for us kiwis!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on December 22, 2010, 5:00 GMT

    Its about time they dropped Hopkins from the squads. His keeping is average at best and his batting is almost non-existent!

  • nzcricket174 on December 22, 2010, 6:06 GMT

    I'm from NZ and I have no idea who Luke Woodcock is...Adam Milne has been around a few months and I already know who he is.

  • on December 22, 2010, 6:22 GMT

    where is mills?mckay should have been dropped.

  • Sachit1979 on December 22, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    ND's Brad Wilson has been impressive so far in ongoing HRV cup. Not sure why he hasn't got chance over Brownlie who has got career T20 strike rate as just 118. He was more fit in test side with decent average in first class. Milne is also too young and too inexperienced for international role. McGlashan and Woodcock look good in this squad.

  • rzi-BDML on December 22, 2010, 6:48 GMT

    It will be a tough job for kiwis to rebuild after desastrous tour of the south asia

  • on December 22, 2010, 6:49 GMT

    Has Kruger van Wyk qualified as a NZ player? If so, he'd be an excellent gloveman/batsman to play in the ODI setup.

  • raghu86 on December 22, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Overall good selection. Good to see brownlie and woodcock in the team. Good they have dropped hopkins, how and elliot. Hopefully they won't be selected for the odis either. Styris is no good and we should have had another young player, may be kitchen. Very surprised that they continue to ignore tuffey even for tests. He could have been there ahead of milne.

  • harrysoon123 on December 22, 2010, 9:09 GMT

    What about the otago fast bowler Neil Wagner or Graeme Aldridge instead of mckay who was very expensive against indias b team

    Also if mcullum [wk] gets injured replace him with colin de grandhomme whos sstrike rate is 178.60 and bowls some useful fast medium deliveries .