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

Bracewell keeps Test spot

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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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  • Mattyblackcapsfan 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

  • 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....

  • G-Wyll 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.

  • shooting 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.

  • Lermy 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!!!

  • AlanHarrison 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

  • 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 !

  • Lermy 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!

  • christy29 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!!!!!!!!

  • 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.

  • Mattyblackcapsfan 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

  • 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....

  • G-Wyll 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.

  • shooting 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.

  • Lermy 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!!!

  • AlanHarrison 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

  • 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 !

  • Lermy 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!

  • christy29 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!!!!!!!!

  • 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.

  • on March 2, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @sinhaya sour grapes ey? South africa will win that test series, they have a new found drive and form and we are better in tests, sorry lad no offence to the black caps though. Blame bryce lawrecne for this!

  • nzcricket174 on March 2, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    @Safferfan 8 years ago in England.

  • Gordo85 on March 2, 2012, 14:23 GMT

    Coming from a South African fan I like the look of this Ellis fellow. He will add runs with his batting and gives an option with the ball. I guess selectors feel he is in ok form at the moment and so far I agree with them other than not taking enough wickets.

  • on March 2, 2012, 12:34 GMT

    ellis is not test standard, this side looks very week on batting, going to be a huge struggle for nz. brownlie a shoe in when fit.

  • Sinhaya on March 2, 2012, 12:19 GMT

    @duncanmoo, it seems all forgotten how NZ beat Australia in a test match 3 moths ago right? Doug Bracewell will rip through in style when the tests start! Also watch out SA when the almighty PAKISTAN come there end of the year! Ajmal and Rehman will blitz through the flimsy SA batting lineup. Pakistan have also won 2 tests in SA already which shows that SA are well over rated.

  • Sinhaya on March 2, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    @Safferfan, what happened to your great side this time last year at Dhaka? Tasted good medicine right? Forgot how NZ beat SA in Pretoria in 2006? Your side is easily beatable. How many tests have you all lost in Sri Lanka? You all will get hammered 3-0 in tests when SA visit Sri Lanka in August next year. Also, SA even got the medicine in the 2007 world cup against Bangladesh which shows how over rated in SA!

  • StoneRose on March 2, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    NZ don't need 4 seamers. They need another batter. They're batting is poor anyway, especially now they have dropped Ryder who averages over 40 in Test cricket. How can you drop him after the Aus series - it was only 2 matches! Off-field antics are another thing but he has already been punished for that

  • Safferfan on March 2, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    Alrighty then. I have had my rant and rave for the day with my previous post! Enough of that rubbish! On paper the teams are worlds apart. Man for man the teams are worlds apart. Surely that cannot be disputed? (Regardless of how patriotic one is!!). Add the fact of SA's away record over the past decade (untoucahable by any side) then this should be a "walk in the park" for the Saffers. The game is however not played on paper. The Black Caps are tryers and also have a "never give up temperament". They should give a good account of themselves, but I do not see them winning / drawing this test series. The Saffers just have too much experience and dare I say it, the better players.

  • Ravi.Ajay on March 2, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    I love NZ cricket team. No matter.. win or loose I always support them and love watching them in cricket field because Black caps are my favorites. Styen bowls well to right handed batsmen than to lefties. So I think its good if we have at least one left handed batsmen in top order. NZ will win test series .. Go Black Caps!

  • Marktc on March 2, 2012, 9:34 GMT

    As strong as SA are and as well as they play cricket- I do not think we should underestimate the NZ side. They may not be the best test side, but I do feel they do not play to their potential and that they do have a very good performance in them. ?Should they click in one more of the tests, SA will be made to work hard. I think it is dangerous to write NZ anytime.

  • satish619chandar on March 2, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Batting wise, if NZ apply themselves, they can compete with SA but bowling of SA holds huge edge over NZ's bowling.. SA will start as favorites.. I expect NZ to put up a good fight..

  • katodadon on March 2, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Guptill, Nicol, McCullum, Taylor, Williamson, Watling, Vettor,i Southee, Bracewell, Boult, Martin

    12th man: Ellis

    Arnel shouldnt be anywhere near the team.

  • satish619chandar on March 2, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    @FatBoysCanBat : The surprise was because of his conduct over the drunk incident.. Might be, he would have been warned and given back the place which his performance deserves..

  • EdRNZ on March 2, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Time for a first and second division split Lermy? I assume Aus in 2nd div then as they lost to NZ this season. I guess India and Zimbabwe there too. So Pakistan and SA in Div 1 only based on recent results. Playing field is a lot more level these days as seen by recent results. Sure, there will be some whitewashes but with test matches struggling for survival is having 2 divisions a smart idea? Predictable and boring Lermy? I wish I had your awesome powers of prediction. I assume you won a truckload of money predicting Pakistan to beat England 3-0 and NZ beating Aus in the 2nd test.

  • Safferfan on March 2, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    @Sinhaya. Ha Ha ha! You little joker!!! Funny how sooo much gets said about SA losing a test and NZ winning a test!!! Yep, we lost a test against Sri lanka, then duly won the series!! When last have the black caps won a test series against a side ranked higher than themselves? Ever? Nope, methinks not!! (I am sure you know there are not a lot of sides lower than you at test level). This same "overrated side" whipped your little black caps into submission and beyond!!! Gonna be another stroll!! This is big league stuff dude, not little mickey mouse things you guys are used to!!!

  • on March 2, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    why Andrew Ellis and Brent Arnel two pretty average bowlers??? No no5 batsman? should of brought Ryder in for the test series,brought him in way two early 4 the ODIS,Huge NZ fan but they gonna lose 3-0 with this team!!!!!

  • RohithMedisetty on March 2, 2012, 7:13 GMT

    With dean brownlie coming back after first test , it wouldn't make a bad team . gaptill , nicol , mccullum , rosco , williamson , brownlie , vettori , bracewell , southee , boult , martin .

  • Maccanui on March 2, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Thanks for your clever and well considered comment there, Lermy. You guys certainly do have some good banter. No doubt your lads are favourites but your big time chat may be a little premature given a ball hasn't been bowled. After all, there is always the chance of a choke with the south african cricket team.

  • FatBoysCanBat on March 2, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    "Bracewell keeps Test spot" 21 wickets in 4 tests @ 16.47...of course he was going to keep his Test spot, New Zealand don't have the depth to replace him [and Southee will be on the chopping block long before Bracewell unless he proves he is getting better. A better heading would have been; "Nicol in line for debut" because we will be un-changed from the Test against Zimbabwe except a batsman will come in for the injured Dean Brownlie and Nicol is the only batsman out of the remaining 3 names. Team for 1st Test v South Africa: 1 Guptill 2 McCullum 3 Williamson 4 Taylor(c) 5 Nicol 6 Vettori 7 Watling(wk) 8 Bracewell 9 Southee 10 Boult 11 Martin.

  • duncanmoo on March 2, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    @Sinhaya not sure if you realise this but Sri Lanka are ranked 6th is tests and NZ 8th (below WI). Just who are you over-/under-rating? I hope the tests are competitive.

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on March 2, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Ellis? He's one of the worst cricketers in the country!!! No need for Arnel to be there with the 4 quicks anyway. Matthew Sinclair is in great form and deserves one last go late in his career against brilliant opposition. James Marshall and Franklin also in good Plunket Shield form.

  • on March 2, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Andrew Ellis, are you kidding me

  • choppa13 on March 2, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    jessie not picked because of the aussie tour that being the case none of the batsmen should have been picked. why they persist with arnel il never know amla,kallis and co will just laugh if hes running into bowl to them. dont think he'l get picked first up anyway. Nethula should definately have been in the squad, but apart from that the team picks itself not completely sure of nicols ability against the qaulity of steyn, morkel and philander but theres no one else. really want the blackcaps to win but unfortunately can see it going 0-2 to S.A with the third result being a draw due to weather. P.s hope the blackcaps prove me wrong

  • on March 2, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    I'm glad he's in the team. We definitely need all the help we can get I think.

  • Lermy on March 2, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    What a pace bowling attack!!! SA won't be facing anything over 135k after the first few overs. They will do to the NZ attack what NZ did to Zimbabwe. Honestly these one sided contests don't do any good for either side. NZ will be smashed, and lose home support, while SA won't be stretched at all, and will probably play themselves out of form for when they meet some real opposition. Definitely time for a first and second division split, at least for test matches. We know there will be a result, but we also already know what it will be. That makes it all very predictable and boring. I guess you could still place a bet on whether SA do it in two days or three.

  • on March 2, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Guptil, Mccullum, Taylor, Wiliamson, Nicol, Watling, Vettori, Bracewell, Southee, Boult, Martin - not bad, maybe Ryder in for Nicol after first test, I dont really see the point of Ellis and Arnel

  • Sinhaya on March 2, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    Come on Black Caps! Fully focus and win the tests. SA are over rated and that is why they even lost a test match against Sri Lanka. NZ have a great bowling attack so hope NZ can rip through SA batting.

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  • Sinhaya on March 2, 2012, 0:39 GMT

    Come on Black Caps! Fully focus and win the tests. SA are over rated and that is why they even lost a test match against Sri Lanka. NZ have a great bowling attack so hope NZ can rip through SA batting.

  • on March 2, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Guptil, Mccullum, Taylor, Wiliamson, Nicol, Watling, Vettori, Bracewell, Southee, Boult, Martin - not bad, maybe Ryder in for Nicol after first test, I dont really see the point of Ellis and Arnel

  • Lermy on March 2, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    What a pace bowling attack!!! SA won't be facing anything over 135k after the first few overs. They will do to the NZ attack what NZ did to Zimbabwe. Honestly these one sided contests don't do any good for either side. NZ will be smashed, and lose home support, while SA won't be stretched at all, and will probably play themselves out of form for when they meet some real opposition. Definitely time for a first and second division split, at least for test matches. We know there will be a result, but we also already know what it will be. That makes it all very predictable and boring. I guess you could still place a bet on whether SA do it in two days or three.

  • on March 2, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    I'm glad he's in the team. We definitely need all the help we can get I think.

  • choppa13 on March 2, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    jessie not picked because of the aussie tour that being the case none of the batsmen should have been picked. why they persist with arnel il never know amla,kallis and co will just laugh if hes running into bowl to them. dont think he'l get picked first up anyway. Nethula should definately have been in the squad, but apart from that the team picks itself not completely sure of nicols ability against the qaulity of steyn, morkel and philander but theres no one else. really want the blackcaps to win but unfortunately can see it going 0-2 to S.A with the third result being a draw due to weather. P.s hope the blackcaps prove me wrong

  • on March 2, 2012, 4:43 GMT

    Andrew Ellis, are you kidding me

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on March 2, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    Ellis? He's one of the worst cricketers in the country!!! No need for Arnel to be there with the 4 quicks anyway. Matthew Sinclair is in great form and deserves one last go late in his career against brilliant opposition. James Marshall and Franklin also in good Plunket Shield form.

  • duncanmoo on March 2, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    @Sinhaya not sure if you realise this but Sri Lanka are ranked 6th is tests and NZ 8th (below WI). Just who are you over-/under-rating? I hope the tests are competitive.

  • FatBoysCanBat on March 2, 2012, 6:33 GMT

    "Bracewell keeps Test spot" 21 wickets in 4 tests @ 16.47...of course he was going to keep his Test spot, New Zealand don't have the depth to replace him [and Southee will be on the chopping block long before Bracewell unless he proves he is getting better. A better heading would have been; "Nicol in line for debut" because we will be un-changed from the Test against Zimbabwe except a batsman will come in for the injured Dean Brownlie and Nicol is the only batsman out of the remaining 3 names. Team for 1st Test v South Africa: 1 Guptill 2 McCullum 3 Williamson 4 Taylor(c) 5 Nicol 6 Vettori 7 Watling(wk) 8 Bracewell 9 Southee 10 Boult 11 Martin.

  • Maccanui on March 2, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    Thanks for your clever and well considered comment there, Lermy. You guys certainly do have some good banter. No doubt your lads are favourites but your big time chat may be a little premature given a ball hasn't been bowled. After all, there is always the chance of a choke with the south african cricket team.