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

Southee dropped for Hamilton Test


Tim Southee has been dropped from New Zealand's squad for the second Test against South Africa in Hamilton, starting on Thursday. After a tough first Test in Dunedin, in which he conceded 140 runs and failed to take a wicket, Southee will return to the Plunket Shield to work on technique and form.

New Zealand have beefed up their bowling with the addition of Mark Gillespie and the re-inclusion of Brent Arnel, who was part of the squad for the first Test but was not included in the final 12.

Gillespie has come off a run of fine form in which he has taken 20 wickets in his last three first-class matches. He is third on the list of wicket-takers, behind the yet-to-be-eligible Neil Wagner and Arnel, with 30 wickets at an average of 27.53.

"Tim Southee hasn't been included He's a talented young fast bowler and we are confident he will return to the Plunket Shield and continue to put pressure on those in the Test team," Kim Littlejohn, New Zealand national selection manager said. "Mark Gillespie returns to international cricket after showing good form recently and provides and a strong and reliable bowling option."

Gillespie has played three Tests for New Zealand, one of them against South Africa in November 2007 at Centurion. Gillespie will have fond memories of that match as it was his Test debut and he took a five-for in South Africa's only innings, dismissing Jacques Kallis, AB de Villiers and Mark Boucher.

There is the possibility that Arnel and Gillespie won't feature in the final XI on a pitch that is no longer expected to be seamer-friendly. Although there was initially talk of a green wicket being prepared at Seddon Park, this has been doused by the suggestion that the strip may actually be a little dry.

In anticipation of that, New Zealand have also added variety to their attack, with the inclusion of legspinner Tarun Nethula, who has yet to play Test cricket. "We are pleased to be able to offer Tarun an opportunity. He is bowling well and offers a point of difference to the attack," Littlejohn said.

Neither BJ Watling, who is recovering from a hip joint injury, nor Dean Brownlie, who has a fractured finger, were considered for the squad. South African-born wicket-keeper Kruger van Wyk keeps his place along with Rob Nicol, who had a tough debut opening the batting.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • kd on March 14, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    nz have done it again ,year after year they bring back the same guys ,slow medium pacers like arnel with his 56 test avg, while ozzie blood there young fast quicks. why cant we sellect adam milne or bevin small. give them ago ,give tommie lathem ago ,nicols not a test player, give nathula a go . im sick of the same old selection policy.

  • Lee on March 13, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    the yet-to-be-eligible Neil Wagner!!!! oh come on!!! another Saffa in the team. When is this going to stop? I wait for the day that 50% of international sportsmen are born is South Africa!

  • Steven on March 13, 2012, 14:11 GMT

    @zenboomerang We play at these grounds because they're dedicatd cricket grounds. The stadium in Auckland (where they play limited overs) is set up for rugby, the dimensions are rubbish and not prepared for test matches. You will also find that Hamilton and Dunedin are still considered large cities, for New Zealand that is. We just don't have the numbers in general to fill large stadiums, plus with the rugby and league underway is not on the radar for many. Wait until the last test though before you get too carried away, The Basin Reserve in Wellington is the best ground in the country, and with a bit of sun, will pack out for Saturday/Sunday. It just goes to show how well we do in this sport to even compete with the likes of South Africa/England/India etc with such a small pool of players. Rugby is number 1 and we're number 1, perhaps we need to shift the focus for a decade or two!

  • Roo on March 13, 2012, 8:19 GMT

    Also Kiwi fans - why aren't you playing in Auckland?... And why Dunedin & Hamilton? I know Auckland is a 100 odd kms up the road but it does add to the cost of watching a Test... If you want crowds to turn up surely you should be playing in the centre of your larger population centres - or has Test cricket fallen that far down the sporting ladder?... I know our recent 2 Test series was too short, but scheduling left no room, but why didn't we play 3 Tests in our last tour to NZ?... You managed to put in 5 ODI's & 2 T20's but only 2 Tests... A pity...

  • Roo on March 13, 2012, 8:10 GMT

    Used to enjoy watching Southee bowl & thought him to be an excellent bowler that often troubled the batsmen... But he seems to have lost his "edge" over the last year or so (too complacent maybe?)... Watching him is Oz he just seems to go through the motions more than attack - he was good on green seaming pitches but didn't bowl in the right areas often enough... Time out might help him focus a bit more...

  • Jake on March 13, 2012, 1:45 GMT

    Agree with most of the comments here about Southee, he needs to be dropped - bit of application and he could be very good bowler who could bat up the order. Hopefully Ryder gets his act together soon too. all this talk about Franklin and Ellis?? test match cricket isnt for bits and pieces players. NZs best team would be McCullum, Guptil, Brownlie, Taylor, Ryder, Williamson, Vettori, Watling, Bracewell, Boult/Southee/Milne/or the auckland quick who took 8 for the other day, and Martin.

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2012, 22:54 GMT

    rismati NZ would beat the current rabble that's the Indian cricket team atm. Just like in the late 90s early 2000s, because they're the most gutless cricket team in the world and crumble when faced with any adversity

  • Steven on March 12, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    I'm happy that a bowler is being replaced with another genuine bowler. None of this Franklin or Ellis rubbish. Whenever we place this type of player in the team they fail! They're not all rounders, batsmen or strike bowlers, so leave them for the Limited overs stuff! If we need more batting, put in a batsman; however I don't think this is the case. We have plenty of batting to get the job done (if Kane can get his act together), our biggest problem has always been taking 20 wickets in test matches so lets focus on that. I hope Nicol does score some runs as he has looked good in this series, not only with the bat but in field too. I think he did quite well in the second innings, and his technique didn't look half bad for what he was up against.

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2012, 13:24 GMT

    Should have been Franklin for Southee.

  • Dummy4 on March 12, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Southee needs to work on his technique and channel his aggression in that direction. Mouthing off to the batsmen only really works if you're taking wickets regularly, too.

    Nicol looks for all intents and purposes, a LOI player only. Huge flaws in his technique and, as opening batsman, there's nowhere to hide.

    If the weather plays ball, I expect RSA to win the next 2 Tests.

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