New Zealand v South Africa, 1st Test, Dunedin March 6, 2012

Kruger van Wyk to make Test debut

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kruger van Wyk will make his Test debut for New Zealand on Wednesday after BJ Watling was ruled out of the first Test against South Africa due to a hip injury. van Wyk, 32, will debut against the country of his birth as wicketkeeper in the absence of Watling, who won the battle between the two men for a place in New Zealand's previous Test, against Zimbabwe in January.

van Wyk will become the fifth wicketkeeper used by New Zealand in Tests in the past two years, after Brendon McCullum gave up the gloves in the longer format and was succeeded by Gareth Hopkins and then Reece Young. He is the second leading run scorer in the Plunket Shield this summer with 638 runs at an average of 91.14.

The New Zealand physio Paul Close said Watling had played a full part in training over the past two days but there remained some risk that he would not get through the full five days of a Test match.

"The decision was based on a re-assessment made after training today by BJ and myself," Close said. "The nature of the injury is such that we were concerned about BJ's ability to get through the match, based the high workloads required by a wicket-keeper batsman. He requires further assessment find out the best course of action and to determine how long it is until he's back playing. "

van Wyk will become New Zealand's oldest Test debutant since Chris Kuggeleijn in 1988.

Edited by Brydon Coverdale

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  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    Hahaha! just loving the banter here. But honestly . . . good on them for looking to ply their trade elsewhere. Its an honour to play internationally. And it makes me proud to know our boys are the best. But watching Donald as bowling coach, coaching the NZL team when we lost to them and ultimately it was brilliant bowling that killed us IRKS me!! That was not fun. Great to have him with us now though!

  • Lee on March 6, 2012, 11:24 GMT

    SA are just complying to ICC rules about representing other countries. Besides, Tahir is proving to be below SA average. We have plenty of spinners, in fact, we had 5 spinners on the pitch in the last ODI.

  • Mark on March 6, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    SA must be the most represented country in Cricket. Shows the pedigree. Jplterrors-Strange statement considering only 10 Kiwis are actually in the NZ side... How to beat the Proteas-start adding South Africans..

  • Gordon on March 6, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    Totally agree with SirBobJones. I want Kiwis in the team and not ancient imports, at least not the Test side. de Boorder or Young plz.

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2012, 10:35 GMT

    jplterrors - ha don't make me laugh

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2012, 10:27 GMT

    safrican also playing with a Pak born spinner.....imran is a routine work now a days....

  • Dummy4 on March 6, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Lol Doug Bracewell in the picture.

  • Lee on March 6, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    @jplterrors Really!!. NZ cant even get 11 of their own on the pitch and only 2 of them are decent!.

  • josh on March 6, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    @tartanspringbok there may be 18 Saffers out there in Int cricket but if Kiwis opted to play for other teams there would be 30-40 of them playing.

  • Wayne on March 6, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    @ johnathonjosephs - the problem though is,only he understands and not the rest of the team,when does he bat in the line up? He wont be there for the full duration of NZ innings....sorry,he wont make a difference,maybe he'll make a difference only with the gloves,its gonna be a difficult one for NZ,my money is on the Proteas and always will be.

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