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

Brownlie and Flynn join Test squad

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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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  • Lermy 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!

  • camirapaul 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.

  • vaughanw 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

  • StoneRose 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.

  • Narkovian 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.

  • 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!

  • satish619chandar 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..

  • beejaytee 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.

  • 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!

  • Luke22 on March 19, 2012, 3:15 GMT

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

  • Lermy 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!

  • camirapaul 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.

  • vaughanw 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

  • StoneRose 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.

  • Narkovian 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.

  • 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!

  • satish619chandar 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..

  • beejaytee 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.

  • 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!

  • Luke22 on March 19, 2012, 3:15 GMT

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

  • GCKelly on March 19, 2012, 2:02 GMT

    I wouldn't be surprised to see McCullum open with Guptill again. They were having a successful partnership together and it was disappointing to see it end. Taylor would be my pick to bat at three, he batted there for Central Districts before breaking into the New Zealand side. My top six would be Guptill, McCullum, Taylor, Williamson, Flynn and Brownlie. Unfortunate for Rob Nicol, debut test series opening the batting against the best pace attack in the world. Personally, I would have played him down the order.

  • Trufflehund on March 19, 2012, 1:58 GMT

    D Vettori is not worth selecting as a bowler but is worth his spot as a batsmen who bowls - like J Coney or B Congdon. Why not select Bruce Martin and give him a go. He has earned his chance and is taking plenty of wickets - something Vettori has not done for several tests.

  • beejaytee on March 19, 2012, 0:38 GMT

    This is a good move. NZ need someone to open, and we just don't have a world-class opener at the moment, let alone two. *Somebody* has to do it, it might as well be Flynn. As a lefty, if he can play that anchor role NZ so badly need, it also means bowlers changing lines & lengths all through the innings, which is a big bonus for anyone batting with him. That doesn't come into play so much if he's at 5 or 6. 3 seamers and Brownlie is the way to go. If Brownlie's not fit, recall Boult.

  • on March 18, 2012, 20:40 GMT

    Couldn't agree with RandyOZ more .... Not against this selection though as Flynn is just 26 but why on earth did they recall Arnel?? At least Gilispie sends the ball down with a bit of heat.... Sanj747 makes some good points too.

  • Erebus26 on March 18, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    Flynn deserves a recall but should be slotting into the middle order. I hope he can do a job opening the batting but I hope he doesn't get dumped by the selectors if he isn't successful there. Flynn's promotion does raise a big problem that NZ have though - a lack of quality openers. Nicol has been exposed against good bowling and so has Guptill. I do think the latter has got the technique but just hasn't made the scores against the better test playing nations. As for the bowling, why they brought in Arnel for Boult heaven only knows!?! What a wasted selection. Whilst losing to SA is no disgrace, I do fear that NZ have gone backwards in this series.

  • Jeremybc on March 18, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    agree with most here - if Flynns coming in then it needs to be down the order with Brownlie. BM and Guptill have an average opening partnership of over 45 - thats ok for us and should never have stopped. Taylor needs to step up and bat at three, with Kane at 4. We have to remember that Kane is talented but still young and shouldn't have to bat at 3.

  • cavilrick on March 18, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    Glad to see NZ are putting another middle order player, Flynn, in as an opener. Will we never learn.

  • youfoundme on March 18, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    I've wanted Daniel Flynn to be selected for a while now, but for him to slot in at the top of the order is just silly. Brendon McCullum was doing a great job before they decided to give Rob Nicol a chance... I just don't understand the selection panel sometimes, to the point where I feel they should take 100% of the blame for our poor performance(s). They have done more experimenting in this series than the previous one against Zimbabwe, when our line-up should be stable despite form. Fair enough to drop Tim Southee for Mark Gillespie, it was a great call on their behalf and I commend them on doing something right for once. But Trent Boult should be considered unlucky, for their gamble with Brent Arnel was never going to pay off. And need I mention the name Jesse Ryder, one of the top batsmen in this country and we aren't playing him because he likes to have a few drinks? Get real, we should be playing our best team possible, especially against such a quality opposition.

  • gothetaniwha on March 18, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    good to see Fylnn back ,should never have agreed to go up order , don't think he's a opener though ,but probably only spot left .Guptill is the biggest joke , only scores runs against Banga ,Zim against the top teams his average would be under 15

  • on March 18, 2012, 9:16 GMT

    Glad they gave Nicol a chance. Ridiculous.

  • marts30 on March 18, 2012, 9:12 GMT

    You can't compare Flynn of 2008 with now, he was close to making the side before he got injured last year, has only recently come back and is averaging well over 60 with 500+ runs. He could rack up another century tomorrow as he is 69* overnight. He should NOT open, that is just poor selection, he should bat 5 and Brownlie 6, Kane at 3, their RIGHTFUL spots.

  • StevieS on March 18, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    This is the team if I was in charge and could pick any one.

    McCullum Guptil Taylor Ryder Williamson Vettori van Wyk Andre Adams Bracewell Gillespie Martin

    12th man Franklin.

  • on March 18, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    flynn's prblem is that he depends more on boundaries than singles and doubles........Even in his short test career in which he has scored around 690 runs out of which 374 have come in boundaries!! Brownlie's inclusion will be a real boost Given that he is fit!

  • thenoostar on March 18, 2012, 6:48 GMT

    @Sanj747 pound for pound, NZL is the best current test nation. Other than AUS or maybe ENG, which team wouldn't be hammered by SAF. You might be right about Guptil. He might be better going for a dash. If we look at TeamSelector's team will probably will be the 11 for the next match.

  • shooting on March 18, 2012, 6:07 GMT

    Team Selector is bang on the money. Otherwise theyl'll open with Flynn and hope he averages 30

  • butterBum on March 18, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    Flynn ,guptil,brownlee,taylor,williamson,brandon,vittor,van vyk,and the bowlers to follow ...it would have been nice to open with ryder ..then ??

  • on March 18, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    Flynn? What an absolute joke.

  • FatBoysCanBat on March 18, 2012, 4:30 GMT

    @TeamSelector: That is my team selection exactly but Taylor for some reason doesn't like to bat 3. This is time for him to take some responsibility so Williamson can bat at 4 - his best position. @RandyOZ: yes we are waiting for Wagner but we have also brought in some new players over the last 6-12 months - Bracewell, Boult, Brownlie, Nicol [who was crap] to name a few. I think Flynn is ready for a comeback too. He has been in awesome form since the end of last season but he is not an opener.

  • Morgsy on March 18, 2012, 4:07 GMT

    I must admit I did enjoy having the 4 seamers and a spinner - but I was assuming/hoping that the likes of Bracewell and Southee would step up with the bat and play almost like Dion Nash once did...The fact of the matter is though the line up for the second test only had 3 or 4 players who you knew could step up. South Africa managed to score nearly 200 runs with their last four wickets. From number 8 down NZ had no one who could contribute.

    I think another batsman is therefore vital. But I agree with most on here - why have Flynn open??? It makes little sense...What next, ask Martin to bowl leg spin??

    Baz needs to open - as simple as that. If NZ need a handy 4th seamer why not Franklin? A batting order with him at 6 or 7 and Van Wyk at 8 looks much better...Regardless though this current NZ side is out gunned by SA (as most teams are) but with a few additions like Wagner, Milne and some of the upcoming batsman it could be an exciting team n the near future

  • on March 18, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    Another poor unqualified sod thrown in to open the batting for the Slack Flaps. Why do we keeo doing this and expect different results?

  • LillianThomson on March 18, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    In the 1990s I lived in NZ, and a potentially strong Test team was decimated by the need to "teach a lesson" to Rutherford, Cairns and Parore. Here we are in 2012, and NZ wouldn't be being skittled for less than 200 in every innings if they would just select Jesse Ryder and leave Vettori as a superb number 8 instead of a weak number 6. Why can't they just have: 1 Guptill 2 McCullum 3 Williamson 4 Taylor 5 Ryder 6 Brownlie 7 Van Wyk 8 Vettori 9 Bracewell 10 Gillespie 11 Martin? At the moment the tail starts at 6 - they need to fix that.

  • choppa13 on March 18, 2012, 3:46 GMT

    why mccullum is not opening is beyond me he gave up the gloves to open and now hes not flynn is not an opener why have a makeshift opener when there is a opener in the squad. clearly the 4 quicks idea has not worked so reinforce the batting is the way to go not sure how many more chances guptill is going to get either. team should be guptill,mccullum,williamson,taylor,flynn,brownlie,vanwyk,vettori,bracewell,gillespie, martin (would like to see nethula in there but not sure where)

  • HadleeCrowe on March 18, 2012, 3:28 GMT

    Why were Nichol and Arnell selected in the first place??? Nichol is a complete embarrassment as an opener against quality short stuff.. surely that should have been observed beforehand. Arnell is the typical NZ trundler we keep bringing them in because they take wickets in the plunket shield but we need to select on talent not only results in nz domestic cricket. Shane Bond never had a 5 for before he played for NZ.

  • JesseV on March 18, 2012, 2:24 GMT

    Good decision to recall Flynn, but why as an opener? He was batting behind Vettori at 6 a few weeks ago and he is expected to open against the best opening bowlers in the world. McCullum should be standing up and opening again.

  • on March 18, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    Makeshift opener, particularly in a home test series when all domestic players are available, is a recipe for disaster. Good luck to Flynn. Hope he makes this post a winner. But he is on a hiding to nothing.

  • TeamSelector on March 18, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Baz should definitely open ...

    1-Brendon McCullum, 2-Martin Guptill, 3-Ross Taylor (capt), 4-Kane Williamson, 5-Daniel Flynn, 6-Dean Brownlie, 7-Daniel Vettori, 8-Kruger van Wyk (wk), 9-Doug Bracewell, 10-Mark Gillespie, 11-Chris Martin.

  • on March 18, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    If Brownlie is fit will they play one less bowler? They could definitely manage with 4.. Williamson can bowl more to give others a rest if need be.

  • Sanj747 on March 18, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    A very poor and lack lustre cricketing nation NZ is without any leadership, direction or forward moving plans. Guys like McCullum and Taylor should be setting examples but are failing to take on the responsibility.Guptill is not goond enough at this level. Fails to perform against the top teams John Wright can provide the basics but the players need to perform. Brownlie is a class act. Hope he comes back fit and steadies the middle order. Kane Williamson is a long term prospect. Need him to work in with Brownlie and Taylor. Can't see SAF being threatened.

  • Kiwi-Jake on March 18, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    McCullum should open, move Williamson back to 3 and play Flynn at 5/6 with Brownlie filling up the other. It would be idiotic play Flynn as an opener, considering he's not one. Might as well get him to do the keeping too.

  • Patchmaster on March 18, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    I think this is good sensible stugg from NZ selectors. I like the balance they have in their selections, i.e. people get a chance of say five or so games, then they move on. I Rob Nicol will come back stronger for his expereince one day. People in NZ spend too much time being negative about this team, but there is some real potential here.

  • alexbraae on March 18, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Opener? What the hell? Flynn is a good cricketer, but no5 in domestic cricket does not prepare you to face the new ball from Dale Steyn and Philander. Idiot selections, McCullum should be opening with Guptill. Flynn should bat 5 or 6.

  • RandyOZ on March 18, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    The kiwis really need to start blooding youngsters rather than recycling players. Maybe they are just waiting for Wagner.

  • on March 18, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    right move, best of luck against SA.

  • nzcricket174 on March 18, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Very good call there have been many calls to bring Flynn back. Although I would prefer him batting at 6, with Brownlie at 5 and McCullum opening.

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  • nzcricket174 on March 18, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Very good call there have been many calls to bring Flynn back. Although I would prefer him batting at 6, with Brownlie at 5 and McCullum opening.

  • on March 18, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    right move, best of luck against SA.

  • RandyOZ on March 18, 2012, 0:13 GMT

    The kiwis really need to start blooding youngsters rather than recycling players. Maybe they are just waiting for Wagner.

  • alexbraae on March 18, 2012, 0:35 GMT

    Opener? What the hell? Flynn is a good cricketer, but no5 in domestic cricket does not prepare you to face the new ball from Dale Steyn and Philander. Idiot selections, McCullum should be opening with Guptill. Flynn should bat 5 or 6.

  • Patchmaster on March 18, 2012, 0:50 GMT

    I think this is good sensible stugg from NZ selectors. I like the balance they have in their selections, i.e. people get a chance of say five or so games, then they move on. I Rob Nicol will come back stronger for his expereince one day. People in NZ spend too much time being negative about this team, but there is some real potential here.

  • Kiwi-Jake on March 18, 2012, 1:05 GMT

    McCullum should open, move Williamson back to 3 and play Flynn at 5/6 with Brownlie filling up the other. It would be idiotic play Flynn as an opener, considering he's not one. Might as well get him to do the keeping too.

  • Sanj747 on March 18, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    A very poor and lack lustre cricketing nation NZ is without any leadership, direction or forward moving plans. Guys like McCullum and Taylor should be setting examples but are failing to take on the responsibility.Guptill is not goond enough at this level. Fails to perform against the top teams John Wright can provide the basics but the players need to perform. Brownlie is a class act. Hope he comes back fit and steadies the middle order. Kane Williamson is a long term prospect. Need him to work in with Brownlie and Taylor. Can't see SAF being threatened.

  • on March 18, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    If Brownlie is fit will they play one less bowler? They could definitely manage with 4.. Williamson can bowl more to give others a rest if need be.

  • TeamSelector on March 18, 2012, 1:59 GMT

    Baz should definitely open ...

    1-Brendon McCullum, 2-Martin Guptill, 3-Ross Taylor (capt), 4-Kane Williamson, 5-Daniel Flynn, 6-Dean Brownlie, 7-Daniel Vettori, 8-Kruger van Wyk (wk), 9-Doug Bracewell, 10-Mark Gillespie, 11-Chris Martin.

  • on March 18, 2012, 2:01 GMT

    Makeshift opener, particularly in a home test series when all domestic players are available, is a recipe for disaster. Good luck to Flynn. Hope he makes this post a winner. But he is on a hiding to nothing.