New Zealand v South Africa, 1st Test, Dunedin March 5, 2012

Kruger van Wyk added to Test squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kruger van Wyk, the South Africa-born Central Districts wicketkeeper, has been added to New Zealand's squad for the South Africa Tests as cover for BJ Watling, who has a hip injury. The first Test starts on Wednesday. van Wyk himself hadn't batted on Sunday in CD's Plunket Shield match against Auckland due to an illness.

"Watling has been suffering from some irritation around his hip joint," New Zealand's physiotherapist Paul Close said. "We're monitoring it closely and will know more in the next 24 hours, after he has completed training and had time to rest."

Watling and van Wyk had both been in contention for the wicketkeeper's spot before the Test against Zimbabwe in January. Watling was picked for the final XI and scored his maiden Test century to reinforce his position as the current first-choice gloveman.

Edited by Siddarth Ravindran

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  • Dummy4 on March 8, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    The Sri-Lanka cricket is the governing body of the Sri-Lankan cricket team which is the National cricket team of Sri-Lanka played first international cricket match in 1926-27, and got the test status in 1981 and became 8th test playing nation. The Sri Lanka has some of the following achievement in world of cricket.

    *Sri Lanka is the only team wins Cricket World Cup without loosing any match in 1996. *Highest team total - 952/6 against India in 1997. *Highest team total- 443/9 against Netherlands in July 2006. *Most number of wickets in test - 800 by Muttiah Muralitharan at 21.77 in 132 matches. *Best individual bowling in test - 9-51 by Muttiah Muralitharan against Zimbabwe in January 2002. *Most number of wickets in ODI - 505 by Muttiah Muralitharan at 22.74 in 329 matches. *Best individual bowling in ODI - 8-19 by Chaminda Vaas against Zimbabwe in December 2001. List of Sri-Lanka cricketers are: Kumar Sangakkara, Muttiah Muralitharan, Sanath Jayasuriya, Tharanga Paran

  • John on March 7, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    Personally I'll be rooting for NZ. As an England fan I have obvious reasons but I also have a soft spot for NZ. When I was a kid I met Martin Crowe and John Wright after a Somerset/Derbyshire Sunday league match and both guys were the epitome of charm - very warm human beings. I think I've always remembered that and has influenced my opinion on NZ cricket. Right now England are number one on merit and if SA whitewash NZ they will be there on merit. So I'm hoping NZ do us a favour , but if not then fair play to SA who are a decent side and would be worthy successors.

  • Timothy on March 6, 2012, 16:34 GMT

    @ Lermy... Usually when a "Kiwi" leaves New Zealand for Australia, the general IQ of both countries skyrockets. I hope you were aware of this indisputable factoid.

    This test will be great, I can feel it. Long live NZ Cricket!

  • Hamish on March 6, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    You can understand why these guys wanted to leave south africa. Besides, we were all immigrants at sometime or another.

  • Kevin on March 6, 2012, 1:20 GMT

    Just in case you didn't realise it, most of the "kiwi" population in NZ with any sense and education have already moved to Australia where they get paid twice as much for working half as hard. The cricket playing european population in NZ is rapidly decreasing, being replaced mainly by immigrants from asia and the pacific islands, and they don't generally play cricket. Soon the NZ cricket team will be full of former SA and Indians. Thats our only hope, otherwise at this rate we'll end up playing three day test matches against the Netherlands!

  • seb on March 6, 2012, 1:12 GMT

    New Zealand has plenty of South Africans... We joke about Auckland's North Shore as being our South African suburb. Rugby games there can be like home games for South Africa (as was seen in the Rugby World Cup!).

    Add to that South Africa's various tamperings with quotas and a ridiculous over abundance of talented players refusing to retire (Boucher, Kallis etc) and it's easy to see why there's a temptation for players to head to the UK or NZ.

    Van Wyk has until recently been little more than a tenacious wicket keeper who could bat... but this year is averaging in the 90s with the bat and has probably taken over from de Boorder (not South African despite name) as our best wicket keeper batsman.

    ...and yes... we have a South African bowler waiting on clearance to play in April. Neil Wagner is a shoe-in for tests. Famously took 5 wickets in an over a couple of years back... averages in the low 20s with ball and bat.

  • Duncan on March 5, 2012, 18:16 GMT

    Please Irfan dont bring KP into this, he had no chance of playing for SA because he was a second tier spinner. He wanted out of the New South Africa and made cricket his ticket (I knew the family in my home town), he left before he was a decent batsman.

  • Dummy4 on March 5, 2012, 14:29 GMT

    nz, is just 5 million people, they should be allowed to recruit from any country every under -19 world cup, it will also give people chance to play that would've never gotten to play kp for example most famous.

  • Matty on March 5, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    hopefully ronchi is chosen wen he returns to new zealand yes ppl hes actually born in new zealand,he'll b a great asset to the black caps but watlings the man till then,go u black caps

  • Ed on March 5, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    BJ moved to New Zealand when he was 10.

    He's more Kiwi than "nek minnit".

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