South Africa in New Zealand 2011-12 March 18, 2012

Brownlie and Flynn join Test squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

Daniel Flynn is likely to play for New Zealand for the first time in more than two years after being called up for the third Test against South Africa. The batsman Dean Brownlie has also been named in a 14-man squad for the match, starting in Wellington on Friday, after missing the first two Tests due to a broken finger.

The opener Rob Nicol has been dropped after scores of 6, 19, 2 and 1 in his first two Tests, and the fast bowler Brent Arnel has also been squeezed out after failing to take a wicket in the defeat in Hamilton. Flynn is set to open the bating alongside Martin Guptill, while Brownlie, who was the leading scorer on the tour of Australia earlier this summer, will only slot back in to the middle order if the selectors are happy with his progress in a Plunket Shield match this week.

Flynn, 26, last played for New Zealand in their home Test series against Pakistan in December 2009, when he was batting in the middle order. Although he has been batting at No.5 in the Plunket Shield this season the selectors have been impressed with his form - he has scored centuries in his past two games and has averaged 65.85 - and are prepared to throw him in at the top of the order.

"Daniel Flynn is having a very successful Plunket Shield with the bat for Northern and is likely to join Martin Guptill at the top of the order," the national selection manager Kim Littlejohn said. "He was part of the team in late 2009 and we are sure he will make the most of his opportunity to again represent his country.

"We are mindful that Dean Brownlie is only just making a return to competitive cricket following injury and will keep a close eye on his progress. Although he has been included in the squad, his selection for the Test will largely depend on how he pulls through the match for Canterbury.

"It's disappointing for Rob and Brent but at this stage we do not feel they have managed to cement their place in the squad. Both players will benefit from a return to domestic cricket where they can put performances on the board. We are sure they will do this and will be very much in contention for selection on the upcoming tour to the West Indies."

Edited by Brydon Coverdale

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  • Kevin on March 20, 2012, 3:45 GMT

    The faster the revolving door of selection goes, the faster it spits people out. I don't think current selection policy is a recipe for success. I would have stuck with Ryder if for no other reason than for stability. Lets give our players the chance to accumulate some international experience. Then maybe we'll lose by less, which would be nice!

  • Paul on March 19, 2012, 23:22 GMT

    My Team, Guptill,Flynn,McCullum,Taylor,Williamson,Van Wyk,Vettori,Ellis,Bracewell,Gillespie,Martin. Move Wyk up has reasonable technique vettori better at 7 and bring in Ellis as allrounder at 8 makes batting look stronger, worth a go.

  • Vaughan on March 19, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    I dont understand why they broke the McCullum - Guptil opening partnership anyhow. Was it failing?? Nicol is great for ODIs (massively under bowled by McCullum!!), but does not have the technique or even first class stats to back up his selection in a test, let alone against the best bowling attack in the world! Why is it that our selectors constantly select players to do jobs that they are not proven for?? All they do is ruin good players! I fear Flynn maybe the next victim as an opener thats not! Best of luck! Guptil and McCullum should open, Taylor should bat 3 (be brave!), followed by Williamson, Flynn, Vetorri..(Brownlie is potentially a fantastic player - let him have some form and confidence before brining him back! i.e DONT select him for this test). Vetorri WAS a great player, but is not a number 6 bat... Boult should be back in. Arnel is not a test bowler. They have chosen a 5-bowler attack all summer, they need to stick with it. Jessy should have played this series

  • James on March 19, 2012, 9:31 GMT

    Ridiculous tooing and froing from NZ in terms of selection. Look at England: consistency of selection is the minimum requirement for success.

  • Richard on March 19, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    With a couple of exceptions.. NZ can't bat. Simple. Quite important to be able to do that, I think. When i was a kid Ted Dexter said whilst commentating on a Test something like "NZ batsmen are 40 - men." ie they are thrilled to get a 40, and that was their expectation and yardstick of success. I always remebered that. IMHO nothing has changed. Shame cos their bowling is quite good.

  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2012, 8:43 GMT

    I really don't agree with Trufflehund.....Vettori as a batsman and not a bowler!! And I also don't think that mccullum should open the batting knowing the fact that mccullum has done so well at no 3....... Hah...last thing that NZ needed had happened Brownlie out for a duck...But on the +ve side Ronchi has done pretty well on his debut (116 odd)...flynn look goos enough for his 3rd consecutive century!

  • Satish on March 19, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Brownlie is a MUST after his showing in Australia.. Flynn should be used up in middle order.. He was decent in middle order before he was pushed up to top order where he failed. My NZ 11 will be 1.Guptill, 2.McCullum, 3.Kane, 4. Ross, 5. Brownlie, 6.Flynn, 7.Vettori, 8. Van Wyk, 9. Bracewell, 10. Gillespie, 11. Martin.. This should be their best 11 possible..

  • Beau on March 19, 2012, 6:54 GMT

    @sanj747 - "Poor"? "Lacklustre"? Rubbish. NZ consistently puches above its weight in international cricket, and with Wright at the helm, we finally have some good plans and some exciting talent coming through. Bracewell has been a revelation with the ball, and we are told he's an allrounder, though we haven't seen much evidence yet. If and when we do, that'll help the balance of the side no end. This "fails against the top sides" critique that people run out against Guptill is ridiculous.If you look at his numbers, he struggles against SA & AUS, as do most. This does not mean he isn't Test standard. You know who else has "failed" against SA in Tests recently? Every single batsmen in they've come up against, with the possible exceptions Michael Clarke and Thilan Samaraweera. One thing you are right about is Taylor & McCullum. Now more than ever (and this has always been the problem with these two) we need 100s, not 50s, from our top two batsmen.

  • Dummy4 on March 19, 2012, 6:51 GMT

    Once again NZ is rotating its 30 year old fringe players who play random games one a year or so, but I do hope that Flynn works out! He was always good and not sure why he was dropped like a lead balloon. NZ has no fluent approach in their batting line up and it is ultimately our down fall. I say get Tom Latham in next year and don't look back!

  • Luke on March 19, 2012, 3:15 GMT

    Team will be: Flynn, Guptill, McCullum, Taylor, Williamson, Brownlie, Van Wyk, Vettori, Bracewell, Gillespie, Martin

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