New Zealand v Pakistan, 3rd ODI, Christchurch January 26, 2011

Luke Woodcock called up for third ODI

ESPNcricinfo staff

Luke Woodcock, the only uncapped player in New Zealand's World Cup squad, has been included in 12-man team for the third ODI against Pakistan in Christchurch on January 29. Ross Taylor will captain the side while Daniel Vettori will stay with the team but won't play the match.

"We think it's important for everyone in the World Cup squad to get a run before they head to India," Mark Greatbatch said. "Normally the selection panel would pick a squad for two matches but because of the short game in Wellington and the rained-out match in Queenstown we wanted some flexibility.

"Luke Woodcock comes into the squad and deserves his place after playing so well for Wellington over a number of seasons. It's important he gets some exposure to international cricket and I'm sure he will make the most of the opportunity when he gets his chance. Kyle Mills is a proven performer at international level and will slot back into the squad with Jesse Ryder and James Franklin going back to play domestic cricket."

Franklin and Ryder will be available for Wellington's one-day match against Northern Districts on January 30.

Squad: Ross Taylor (capt), Hamish Bennett, Martin Guptill, Jamie How, Nathan McCullum, Brendon McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Luke Woodcock, Kane Williamson.

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  • Alex on January 28, 2011, 0:09 GMT

    A bit frustrating to see Jesse 'rested' when he is still going to play a game for Welly. Would rather him string some scores together at top flight after an average run. Unsure if woodcock has the stats for top level cricket, looks to be making up the numbers imo.....

  • Asim on January 27, 2011, 8:15 GMT

    It seems to me Nz is overconfident after one match victory over pakistan,its too early to make changes so rapidly in winning combination ,why Ryder is been drop in next match,who just give perfomnce in one match and coach and captain is happy ....

  • Faizan on January 27, 2011, 7:41 GMT

    after 2nd ODI there is a possibility t have a result of series other wise that could be 3-3 now depands on 3rd ODI result if Rain dont distrube Match... :D

  • Ivan on January 27, 2011, 3:13 GMT

    I agree that the black caps should be rotated and having dan jessy and james resitng is a good idea. and now having the best batsmen in new zealand cricket in the squad let him come in and show you how he can make big hundreds yes folks im talking about Kane Williamson he is from my home city of Tauranga he deserves to be in the squad let him bat at 5 thats where he is making runs for now. and i do hope he does get game time at the world cup he is the best player of spin bowling and his concentraction is amazing

  • Ivan on January 27, 2011, 3:03 GMT

    its a great idea to rotate all the players as new zealand never seem to get much cricket time so this would be a good buildup for the world cup. I hope the John Right and Dan vettori dont put Kane Williamson in at 3 he is a very very good player and at the moment he should bat at 5. i do hope they give Kane williamson games at the world cup as he is a very good player of spin Go the Black Caps

  • Boa on January 27, 2011, 0:36 GMT

    Wait till Hamish Bennett and the lot get smashed in the sub continent- there length is tailor made for that on those flat pitches...of course in NZ we "juice up" the pitch..... LOL

  • awais on January 27, 2011, 0:26 GMT

    i dont agree to the idea of giving a couple of games before a huge event like world cup.its like dipping their toes in water before throwing them at deeper end, that toe dipping isnt gona help them swim anyway so wts the point?just throw them at deep end as a desperate measure when needed.couple of games infront of thin home crowd is more like a first class game. u r wasting the match practice n team combination of ur best 11 and if these substitutions perform really well by chance u will find urself experimenting during the tournament n struggling for right combination.more importantly dont waste brendon at num 7, bring him among top 4.pakistan is doing a mistake by holding back captain's name and kiwis r doing mistake by experimenting at wrong time

  • Bennet on January 26, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    Rain forecast looks clear for Saturday, might be overcast, but it shouldn't rain! Choice!

  • Dummy4 on January 26, 2011, 23:29 GMT

    Ryder was starting to get on a roll, why not let him continue on at the highest leve?l- he could be a potent force at the World Cup.

  • Drew on January 26, 2011, 22:50 GMT

    Its a good idea to give all the players game time. However, I think some of the players need to challenge each other for a spot for first XI. Oram, Guptil, McCullum (being the only realistic keeper) and Southee are the only players who have cemented their spots based on form or the past match (if you can count on that). I'd like to see Kane Williamson, Styris and Taylor get some more batting time throughout this series to gain some confidence. Mills unfortunately is on his way out, no offense but unless he can repeat some great performances in the past, he really should be the 2nd pick bowler after Southee and Bennett. Im very intrigued to see how Woodcock goes in the 3rd ODI, I wish him well.

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