South Africa in New Zealand 2011-12 March 1, 2012

Bracewell keeps Test spot

ESPNcricinfo staff

Jesse Ryder was predictably missing but Doug Bracewell retained his place in the New Zealand squad for the first Test against South Africa in Dunedin.

Both players were left out of the team for the third ODI in Auckland for disciplinary reasons. While Ryder is not part of the Test team's immediate plans following a poor series in Australia last year, Bracewell is among the most promising members of New Zealand's pace attack, as he demonstrated on the same tour.

The most notable other omissions from the squad were Dean Brownlie, who could not be considered as he recovers from a fractured finger, and Sam Wells, part of the squad that faced Zimbabwe but not thought ready to face South Africa.

Andrew Ellis and Rob Nicol have been elevated to the Test squad, and the national selection manager Kim Littlejohn said both had shown promising signs against South Africa in the limited overs matches.

"We are pleased with the way the Test team has performed this summer and this group is looking forward to the challenge of continuing that success," Littlejohn said.

"Both Rob and Andrew have shown promise against South Africa in limited-overs cricket and we believe they can transfer their form across to the Test matches.

"Sam Wells, who was part of the squad who played Zimbabwe, is unlucky to miss out but we decided to include players will a bit more cricket under their belt. He still remains part of our thinking for the future."

Another player may yet be added to the squad, depending on conditions in Dunedin.

Edited by Daniel Brettig

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  • Matty on March 4, 2012, 14:26 GMT

    arnels rubbish shouldnt b anywhere near the squad i also think its strange givin brownlie is out that franklin wasnt chosen as jesses replacement,other than that looks a good squad guptill,mccullum,wiliamson.taylor,nicol,watling,vettori,southee,bracewell,boult martin would b my team,ellis 12th man just cant find room for him,go u blackcaps fight hard n never give up,it aint over till its over

  • Dummy4 on March 4, 2012, 12:50 GMT

    Oh ,so its ROB NICOL AND ANDREW ELLIS turn to play for New Zealand,i assume NZ selectors hand test caps to batsman who scores hundred in their last first class game coz they dont have confidence in thier test batsman,really,i think selection of NZ batsman is a joke ,i did a recent research of how many batsman have played for NZ since 2005 and the number goes up to 29(including J.FRANKLIN AND G.HOPKINS),thats unbeleivable,it will mean opponent having no respect for new batsman coming into the NZ team,if this goes on the likes of M.KAIF,A.CHOOPRA AND W.JAFFER may consider applying their trade in NZ coz their is not much chance of they being picked for INDIA agian....

  • Richard on March 4, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    Jeez Aaron Green, do we still have to hear people whinging on about McCullum keeping in tests? "He should not have a choice, he should be made to keep!", his knees are shot and he'd be gone in a year or two from all formats, got it? Would you rather not have him at all? He's been a better captain than Taylor, that's for sure. As for Ryder, we've got too much up and coming talent for him to keep boozing and thinking his talent will get him through. His average is in freefall, and his attitude hasn't changed. Remember what he did to Ireland when they selected him all those years ago? Didn't show up. Dump him and get some committed players in, in ten years he'll regret his indiscipline. NZ cricket doesn't need that rubbish.

  • Drew on March 4, 2012, 7:10 GMT

    Well I suppose it's a 'okay' team without Brownlie and Ryder. Nicol will slot in top order without any debate. Might be the time NZ becomes a better Test team over ODI/T20, love to see that day. Ellis was the lucky one here. Hopefully the inclusion of Boult and Martin can help refreshen the bowling attack, hopefully Southee and Bracewell can resume their pressure-full test attack. If so, where are in for a huge Test series.

  • Kevin on March 3, 2012, 21:26 GMT

    Tough call not picking Bracewell?? Must have been tough picking him actually. A year ago he was in the NZ U19 along with Ben Wheeler who was quicker and more economical. Now Wheeler barely gets a game for CD because of Milne and Small, who are quicker and better again. Maybe those guys should change their names to Bracewell, or Hadlee!!! But then why would we pick good fast bowlers when we can stick to our strength, 135k plodders!!!

  • Alan on March 3, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Would have been a tough call not to pick Bracewell after his success in the test against Australia, giving New Zealand their first test win against Australia for nearly twenty years

  • Dummy4 on March 3, 2012, 12:24 GMT

    Have to agree 50% with StoneRose and express my frustration with NZ selectors, I really don't care what Jesse Ryder does of the field at the end of the day he averages over 40 and with the population we have you CANNOT afford to leave players like him out of our team ! I do believe we need four seamers though, it works for us the problem we have with doing it is that B McCullum dosen't want to wicketkeep at test level ! If he did you could have both Ryder and Brownlee (when fit) or you could play another spinner/allrounder with Vettori e.g Tarun Nethula/Tom Latham/de Grondhome/ Rob Nichol, for some reason every one just forgets about this, McCullum should not have a choice he should be made to keep ! As for Andy Ellis with all due respect he's done okay and looks a good option in ODI'S but he is NOT a test cricketer he does not have enough pace with the ball and he is not a top 6 bat, It's the same as when we picked someone like Gavin Larsen in test's in the 90s !

  • Kevin on March 3, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    The gap between the two sides is getting bigger and more obvious with every game. SA will absolutely destroy NZ in the tests. I remember a previous SA tour to NZ where they invariably scored 650 odd for 4 in the tests, then bowled out NZ twice without trouble. If NZ take any test into the fifth day it will only be because SA spent two and a half days batting in their first innings. I can't believe Brent Arnell got into the NZ side again. He wouldn't trouble the average club second grade batting line-up. The SA batsmen should be kicking themselves if they don't score double hundreds every time against NZs Zimbabwe-esq bowling attack. But then again maybe they'll get themselves out through boredom and lack of a challenge!

  • christy on March 2, 2012, 23:24 GMT

    where the hell is taran nethula??!! they should drop southee who has be under performing for years and play 2 spinners and 3 seamers, vettori blocks up one end and nethula attacks from the other end. he has shown the ability to trouble the best as shown when he bowled to amla in napier!!!!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on March 2, 2012, 21:21 GMT

    I'm glad Ryder is out. I hope he stays out. As good as he is, he adds nothing to a team. NZ taking a battering since that loss in the T20 decider. It should be a good thing for NZ having a number of players for the tests that haven't been in the ODI series. Hopefully with the likes of Taylor, Vettori, Martin coming in they can boost NZ morale, they bring a lot of experience and leadership. It'll be a tough ask but I'm still hoping some good cricket.

    @Safferfan. On paper SA should be dominating world cricket at the moment. They should be the new Aus or WIs. But we all know thats not the case. Man for man only Vettori would make the SA team and any other BC would be lucky to be in the SA squad. But man for man the Aussies, English, Indians etc would be in the same position. Unfortunately, the SA team seems to be less than the sum of its parts.

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