New Zealand news January 16, 2012

Young dropped for Zimbabwe Test

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New Zealand's selectors have dropped the wicketkeeper Reece Young from the side that defeated Australia in Hobart for the one-off Test to be played against Zimbabwe in Napier from January 26.

Young was jettisoned after failing to make an impression with the bat in Australia, though his glove work was sound under pressure in the visitors' narrow win over Australia at Bellerive Oval.

In his place are BJ Watling and Kruger van Wyk, both batsmen who can keep wicket, with the coach John Wright still to decide which will don the gloves against Zimbabwe. Jesse Ryder is the only other change from the Hobart XI, as he continues his recovery from a calf tear.

"There's a lot of competition for the wicketkeeping spot in the country at the moment," Wright said. "It's tough on Reece, his keeping has been good and he knows that if he goes back to domestic cricket and scores runs he will remain in the frame.

"BJ will get a chance to prove himself with the gloves in the three-day game and Kruger will open the batting. A decision on who will take the gloves in the Test will be made closer to the start of the match."

A New Zealand XI was also named to play the Zimbabweans in a three-day warm-up match in Gisborne. Both Watling and Van Wyk have been included, alongside the experience of Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori and Chris Martin.

"The team for the warm-up match is mix of experienced Test players and bright prospects," the national selection manager Kim Littlejohn said. "The match will give some of our key players some valuable preparation ahead of the Test match in Napier as well as provide an opportunity for promising players to show what they can do at a different level."

Test squad: Ross Taylor (capt), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Kruger van Wyk (wk), BJ Watling (wk), Kane Williamson

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  • on January 19, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    If someone considers them self a kiwi, and they have gone through a four year stand down trial, I don't care if we have a team made up of 11 ex-South African players. I want the best out there and so long as they consider themselves New Zealander's, that's enough for me. We live in a world where people move around all the time and people want to ply there trade. I just want us to win now, and further down the line, we will develop players who come into a winning environment, and there expectation will be to win as well.

  • on January 19, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    i think young has been hard done by here. his keeping has been very tidy. as 4 his batting he went alright against pakistan, had no time 2 bat against zimbabwe and struggled with many other world class batsmen in the aussie series. give him this summer 2 prove himself. if they wanted sum1 new should have gone 4 de boorder. im more interested in the ODI and T20 teams are named. thats where the bolters will be

  • Mattyblackcapsfan on January 19, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    i to think that de boorder is the best keeper but van wyk should play no watling,id like to see daniel flynn get another go soon and wat about todd astle he looks like hes got the goods,i still think james franklin should b in the test team we could play 2 spinners ie vettori n astle/nethula n still have 4 quicks just a idea,

  • FatBoysCanBat on January 19, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    @SixFourOut: I like it...except Wagner doesn't qualify until the start of April. Martin could be persisted with until then, he was our best bowler over both Tests vs Aus. Southee started off good in Tests and has been in decline since, but in ODI's he began good then went really bad but has been really good in last 12 months. He just bowls too many four balls.

  • SixFourOut on January 19, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    NZ have the potential to be a really good side, but there are a few things holding them back........./// One is the public perception that ok is good enough............/// Southee does 1 thing per year and people are still talking him up, YET he has not gotten better, he has not learned line and length. He is AVERAGE, no he is terrible his record shows that it is one of the worst........./// Wagner in Southee OUT......../// De Boorder is the best keeper in NZ, has the best first class average...... ///Young was not up to international standard and to these people who think the keeper needn't be a good batsman????? .....This is international cricket!!!......Kruger is the second best batsman and second best keeper, so maybe his experience might be useful for 18 months, Watling offers NOTHING that the others don't. ///Guptil, MacCullum, Ryder, Williamson, Taylor, Brownlie, De Boorder, Vettori, Bracewell, Wagner, Boult - ///...7 decent Batsmen 4 good bowlers and a tail that wags

  • FatBoysCanBat on January 19, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    @Shooting: You make a lot of sense mate; I agree with you regarding the 4 year stand down period. Neil Broom and Flynn are probably the best batters outside of the national side we have [you could probably add Anaru Kitchen in there also]. Flynn got injured last year when he was with the A team and that cost him a Test recall against Zimbabwe [he was battling it out with Brownlie for #6]. He has only been playing for Northern Districts A this year - is this because he is still on the comeback from his injury or has his stock declined over the off-season? @beejaytee: I like what you're saying in regards to McCullum, he isn't one of the best batsmen in the world but he is one of our best [and like you said, he can't keep because of his back].

  • FatBoysCanBat on January 19, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    @Dr_Van_Nostrand: While I agree with you that Watling is a kiwi because he has lived here since childhood and learned his trade here; van Wyk has waited 3 years to get NZ residency, then another year for the stand down period and he now calls NZ his home. I believe he has earned the right to play for the nation that he wants to represent. Every nation has [or has had] players born in different countries play for them and no it isn't just South Africans. Usman Khawaja was born in Pakistan yet plays for Australia, Brendan Nash was born in Australia but he played for West Indies up til last year. Does this mean that NZ's next big spinner, Tarun Nethula, shouldn't be allowed to play for us because he was born in India. I would hope not. This does not only happen in cricket, it is evident in practically all sports; Rugby, Soccer/Football, Rugby League, Tennis etc. Any sportsperson is free [and should be free] to represent the country that he/she calls home even if they weren't born there.

  • on January 19, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Why don't they give Peter Mcglashen a go, i believe he has never been given enough chance. Someone with as odd batting style as this guy would cause so many headaches down the order with Vettori. Never really rated Young's glove work, admittedly he had improved this year. Mcglashen has the record for the most catches in a 1st class game but is overlooked. This kid is clever he even has invented his own cricket 'mask'. Obviously Mccullums stubbornness has countinued to cause concern.

  • nzcricket174 on January 18, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    As a keeper-batsman McCullum was one of the best players in the world. As a batsman he's just another average Kiwi player. Young's glovework has been tidy, far too unfair to drop him in the manner they have. He had a bad series with the bat against Australia, but so did pretty much everyone else.

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on January 18, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Those who are saying "Stop whinging about van Wyk because Watling is a Saffer as well"... well Watling's family moved to NZ when he was 10, and has learnt his cricket in NZ - he is a kiwi. Van Wyk learnt all his cricket and first played first-class cricket in South Africa. He is a Saffer and should never play for NZ. Wagner too.

  • on January 19, 2012, 20:43 GMT

    If someone considers them self a kiwi, and they have gone through a four year stand down trial, I don't care if we have a team made up of 11 ex-South African players. I want the best out there and so long as they consider themselves New Zealander's, that's enough for me. We live in a world where people move around all the time and people want to ply there trade. I just want us to win now, and further down the line, we will develop players who come into a winning environment, and there expectation will be to win as well.

  • on January 19, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    i think young has been hard done by here. his keeping has been very tidy. as 4 his batting he went alright against pakistan, had no time 2 bat against zimbabwe and struggled with many other world class batsmen in the aussie series. give him this summer 2 prove himself. if they wanted sum1 new should have gone 4 de boorder. im more interested in the ODI and T20 teams are named. thats where the bolters will be

  • Mattyblackcapsfan on January 19, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    i to think that de boorder is the best keeper but van wyk should play no watling,id like to see daniel flynn get another go soon and wat about todd astle he looks like hes got the goods,i still think james franklin should b in the test team we could play 2 spinners ie vettori n astle/nethula n still have 4 quicks just a idea,

  • FatBoysCanBat on January 19, 2012, 10:20 GMT

    @SixFourOut: I like it...except Wagner doesn't qualify until the start of April. Martin could be persisted with until then, he was our best bowler over both Tests vs Aus. Southee started off good in Tests and has been in decline since, but in ODI's he began good then went really bad but has been really good in last 12 months. He just bowls too many four balls.

  • SixFourOut on January 19, 2012, 8:11 GMT

    NZ have the potential to be a really good side, but there are a few things holding them back........./// One is the public perception that ok is good enough............/// Southee does 1 thing per year and people are still talking him up, YET he has not gotten better, he has not learned line and length. He is AVERAGE, no he is terrible his record shows that it is one of the worst........./// Wagner in Southee OUT......../// De Boorder is the best keeper in NZ, has the best first class average...... ///Young was not up to international standard and to these people who think the keeper needn't be a good batsman????? .....This is international cricket!!!......Kruger is the second best batsman and second best keeper, so maybe his experience might be useful for 18 months, Watling offers NOTHING that the others don't. ///Guptil, MacCullum, Ryder, Williamson, Taylor, Brownlie, De Boorder, Vettori, Bracewell, Wagner, Boult - ///...7 decent Batsmen 4 good bowlers and a tail that wags

  • FatBoysCanBat on January 19, 2012, 6:44 GMT

    @Shooting: You make a lot of sense mate; I agree with you regarding the 4 year stand down period. Neil Broom and Flynn are probably the best batters outside of the national side we have [you could probably add Anaru Kitchen in there also]. Flynn got injured last year when he was with the A team and that cost him a Test recall against Zimbabwe [he was battling it out with Brownlie for #6]. He has only been playing for Northern Districts A this year - is this because he is still on the comeback from his injury or has his stock declined over the off-season? @beejaytee: I like what you're saying in regards to McCullum, he isn't one of the best batsmen in the world but he is one of our best [and like you said, he can't keep because of his back].

  • FatBoysCanBat on January 19, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    @Dr_Van_Nostrand: While I agree with you that Watling is a kiwi because he has lived here since childhood and learned his trade here; van Wyk has waited 3 years to get NZ residency, then another year for the stand down period and he now calls NZ his home. I believe he has earned the right to play for the nation that he wants to represent. Every nation has [or has had] players born in different countries play for them and no it isn't just South Africans. Usman Khawaja was born in Pakistan yet plays for Australia, Brendan Nash was born in Australia but he played for West Indies up til last year. Does this mean that NZ's next big spinner, Tarun Nethula, shouldn't be allowed to play for us because he was born in India. I would hope not. This does not only happen in cricket, it is evident in practically all sports; Rugby, Soccer/Football, Rugby League, Tennis etc. Any sportsperson is free [and should be free] to represent the country that he/she calls home even if they weren't born there.

  • on January 19, 2012, 1:02 GMT

    Why don't they give Peter Mcglashen a go, i believe he has never been given enough chance. Someone with as odd batting style as this guy would cause so many headaches down the order with Vettori. Never really rated Young's glove work, admittedly he had improved this year. Mcglashen has the record for the most catches in a 1st class game but is overlooked. This kid is clever he even has invented his own cricket 'mask'. Obviously Mccullums stubbornness has countinued to cause concern.

  • nzcricket174 on January 18, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    As a keeper-batsman McCullum was one of the best players in the world. As a batsman he's just another average Kiwi player. Young's glovework has been tidy, far too unfair to drop him in the manner they have. He had a bad series with the bat against Australia, but so did pretty much everyone else.

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on January 18, 2012, 7:14 GMT

    Those who are saying "Stop whinging about van Wyk because Watling is a Saffer as well"... well Watling's family moved to NZ when he was 10, and has learnt his cricket in NZ - he is a kiwi. Van Wyk learnt all his cricket and first played first-class cricket in South Africa. He is a Saffer and should never play for NZ. Wagner too.

  • shooting on January 18, 2012, 6:23 GMT

    I'm reading a few comments here about there being an issue with having expat South African's in our team. Surely 4 years stand down time is a satisfactory time length for one to say they are now a Kiwi. I do genuinely feel sorry for De Boorder because I can admit myself he probably is the better keeper in the country at the moment, however Kruger would definitely be second in line. I can understand why BJ is here in the side, because he is probably one of the younger players who we know has immense potential and we could probably say is one of those player's that we'll have to somehow fit in our side. If he knows how to keep, lets work on it.Good decision by John Wright. Wagner, Nicol will be next in line for some spots in the team. I want to see Broom and particularly Flynn getting some proud batting totals so we can also have them to spare.

  • on January 18, 2012, 0:06 GMT

    surely nehtula has to be 13th player in team 1 guptill 2 mcculum 3 williamson 4 taylor 5 vettori 6 brownlie 7 van wyk 8 southee 9 bracwell 10 nethula 11 boult .A team of gud balance nd 5 bowlers wth 2 specialist spinners

  • FatBoysCanBat on January 17, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    They have only named 12 players so either both will play or we will play the four quicks and have Vettori bat 6. My XI [from the 12 selected]: 1 McCullum 2 Guptill 3 Taylor 4 Williamson 5 Brownlie 6 Vettori 7 van Wyk 8 Bracewell 9 Southee 10 Boult 11 Martin.

  • FatBoysCanBat on January 17, 2012, 10:14 GMT

    "BJ Watling and Kruger van Wyk, both batsmen who can keep wicket..." Kruger van Wyk is a genuine keeper not a batsman who can keep. The best keeper in the country is Derek de Boorder and he continues to be ignored [much like Steve O'keefe - clearly the best spinner in Aus]. To all those saying McCullum should keep...he can't because his back can't sustain keeping in the long forms of the game. @TWIC: Watling, while being born in SA, has lived in NZ his whole life so he isn't really a South African. @Blair Kennedy and HawK89: The top 6 from the Hobart test are the best 6 batsmen we have right now.

  • beejaytee on January 17, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Very tough on Young. As has been said by other commenters, he batted as well as most of the top order in Australia, and kept very well in trying conditions. That said, I'm interested to see what Van Wyk can do at this level... Also, so very tired of people whinging about McCullum. He doesn't keep for the same reason Watson & Clarke don't bowl much for Aus - he has a long term injury that will not hold up under the pressures of the 5 day game. He might not make the AUS or SA or ENG team for his batting, but he should be among the first picked every time for NZ.

  • Rar0 on January 17, 2012, 1:27 GMT

    I agree with Morgan Rees-Thomas... We need to stop picking old guys who cant bat. We need to look to the future like we are with Williamson, Southee, Bracewell, Boult... Our future is looking good. Both BJ and Kruger are young and show potential. (oh and to all the people complaining about van Wyk being South African - Note: BJ Watling was born in South Africa also)... But my personal opinion is BJ Watling to keep in all forms of the game in the next few years

  • SirBobJones on January 16, 2012, 23:36 GMT

    Who said South Africa's most famous exports was diamonds...it's actually cricketers!

  • StevieS on January 16, 2012, 22:15 GMT

    I can understand this decision in limited overs games but for a test you should pick your best wicket keeper where one dropped catch can make a hugh difference on the outcome. I am sure Pakistan readers would agree with this.

  • Harry_Kool on January 16, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    It is more than his batting. Young's keeping was sloppy in the 2 tests, with simple chances put down. Batting aside, he didn 't look confident at test level. You guys are on the way back up so you need to look at the future, good luck in your upcoming series.

  • on January 16, 2012, 19:53 GMT

    McCullum is not keeping to extend his longevity in the game he has some issues with his back and especially knees that are causing him problems.

  • gothetaniwha on January 16, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    Great decision to pick Kruger - he took a chance 6years ago to come to NZ and having to wait to get a chance - good on him , as for where hes born , we need all the cricketers we can get , as we are by a long way the smallest test playing nation with a population of only 4 million and always punch above our weight , Wagner next his stand down ( 4 years) is up ,

  • Jburger on January 16, 2012, 18:47 GMT

    I think we need to drop the "why isn't McCullum keeper/batsman"? He obviously has issues with his back. And they say he does not merit a place in the starting XI??? Who else has his international average in NZ? There is no one better. 200+ against india in india 2nd innings, not half bad. NZ dont have the depth to drop guys with his experience and talents. I think BJ Watling is a good option as long as he is reasonable with the gloves, he is promising with the bat. Van Wyk..no thanks.

  • lududmirabilis on January 16, 2012, 18:31 GMT

    Top order batsmen, whose main job is to score runs, fail. Answer: drop a wicketkeeper, whose main job should be to keep wicket. But the whole situation is brought about by Brendon McCullum's refusal to keep wicket -and he is one of the best keeper/batsmen in the world. Pity NZ can't afford to tell him - keep and bat at 7, mate, or sorry, you're out of the side. Still, I have enough respect for John Wright think he knows what he's doing here; apparently there are good reports on Watling's glovework. Huge ask for him though, when he is not established in the team as a batsman. Good luck to whoever gets the job, BJ or Kruger.

  • on January 16, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    For all those who have and will mention Brendon McCullum, apprantly his knees and back have issues enough that he can not keep at test level. As for'm being a test opener, he certainly doesn't look it and if he can keep wogging a few every now again it is unlikely he is ever going to be replaced. Same thing happen with Brian Young (until his poor form could no longer be over looked). For those who have suggested that Reece Young was hard done by, obviously you and I did not watch the same test matches from Australia. Even giving him credit for his batting in that most of our batsment struggled against Stralia, his keeping was not the best and he did miss more than a few deliveries. So his axing is not a real suprise. But I wouldn't write Young off just yet, he was picked for a reason to play the Stralians and there is no reason why he can do it again.....

  • Kiwi-Jake on January 16, 2012, 11:29 GMT

    Rough on Young, who should really be picked on his exceptional keeping alone considering he's batting down at 8. Personally would have picked De Boorder as Young's replacement, but Van Wyk does offer a bit with his South-African experience, intelligence and a pretty good batting average. I just hope his keeping is up to scratch, otherwise bring back Young, I'd rather a keeper who took all his chances rather than a keeper who scored 10 or so more runs on average. Watling SHOULD NOT be keeping, he's a part timer and I don't understand why the selectors are even considering it. In regards to the South Africans, Van Wyk and Watling are Kiwis now and shouldn't be shunned by selectors just because of where they were born and lived for a time, Scott Styris was born in Australia! Let them play I say.

  • HawK89 on January 16, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    NZ has 1 of the best wicket-keepers in the world and he isnt keeping, just so he can bat with a flawed technique in test cricket. No way McCullum can open the batting with his poor way of blocking/leaving the ball. He should take the #7 wicket-keeping role before he gets dropped.

  • Dr_Van_Nostrand on January 16, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    I don't like this at all. Young's batting should not influence his place in the side while Vettori and Bracewell are there to bat at 7 and 8, and while keeping is up to the mark. I don't like the inclusion of van Wyk either, seems NCZ wants our side to become half South African like England.

  • stari09 on January 16, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Kruger Van Wyk? Surely NZ has enough talent not to go down the same route as sides such as Norway, Germany, Italy and England and start picking players not born in their country.

  • on January 16, 2012, 7:58 GMT

    And another South African squares up to make his international debut....NOT for South Africa. This little keeper is one helluva clean hitter. I saw him playing for Northerns against Natal Dolphins in a Standard Bank match at Kingsmead many years ago and he tore the Dolphins attack apart.

  • Woodsy71 on January 16, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Gee..thats tough on Young. I know he didn't make runs in Australia, but outside of Dean Brownlie , who did? He looks tidy with the gloves and showed serious courage to come back and keep after the injury in Hobart.This could be the making of Reece Young.

  • on January 16, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Why no Derek DeBoorder he has a better average and is younger.

  • on January 16, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    With a name like Kruger van Wyk, he has to be an expat South African....Soon the NZ team will be a RSA 3rd XI.

  • abyrao on January 16, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    I still cant figure out why McCullum isnt keeping. He isnt that great a batsman that he should be in the team only as a specialist. If he is in the playing XI he must keep.This will enable the side to have a better balance as well. Also McCullum has a fantastic record as a keeper.

  • on January 16, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Not the most inspiring of selection decisions, opting for a batsman-wicketkeeper who doesn't keep for his province and has looked out of his depth at Test level or a journeyman 31-year old.

    Yes, Young struggled against Australia but so did the rest of our batsman and his keeping was first-rate?

    Knee-jerk reaction.

  • on January 16, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Man, first Gareth Hopkins and now Reece Young! You wanna give the Gloves to another 31+ year old who has never batted internationally? Seriously, NZ has some issues with these older Keeper Batsmen who can't bat. NZ needs to train someone up for the long haul, having another, 31-33+ yr old to come and go in half a dozen tests will not lead to anything good, short or long term!

  • Gizza on January 16, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    New Zealand have started to adopt the England strategy. They are sure to be competing for the No. 1 spot very soon.

  • mattydx on January 16, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Feel sorry for Reece Young he's only had 5 tests to prove himself and has looked good behind the stumps and averages the same as Watling.

  • on January 16, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Guptill must be pretty lucky to retain his place. I truly do not think he is a test opener, i think his test future lies at 5 or 6. Personally I think they should Raval or Nicol a go at the top.

  • TWIC on January 16, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    I find it amazing that both BJ and Kruger are Saffers, is our economy so bad that we've begun exporting even more players to other countries?

  • scotty12354 on January 16, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    call me a radical but i say we judge a wicket keeper on his wicket keeping abilities. young get two thumbs up from me.

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  • scotty12354 on January 16, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    call me a radical but i say we judge a wicket keeper on his wicket keeping abilities. young get two thumbs up from me.

  • TWIC on January 16, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    I find it amazing that both BJ and Kruger are Saffers, is our economy so bad that we've begun exporting even more players to other countries?

  • on January 16, 2012, 3:23 GMT

    Guptill must be pretty lucky to retain his place. I truly do not think he is a test opener, i think his test future lies at 5 or 6. Personally I think they should Raval or Nicol a go at the top.

  • mattydx on January 16, 2012, 3:35 GMT

    Feel sorry for Reece Young he's only had 5 tests to prove himself and has looked good behind the stumps and averages the same as Watling.

  • Gizza on January 16, 2012, 3:38 GMT

    New Zealand have started to adopt the England strategy. They are sure to be competing for the No. 1 spot very soon.

  • on January 16, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Man, first Gareth Hopkins and now Reece Young! You wanna give the Gloves to another 31+ year old who has never batted internationally? Seriously, NZ has some issues with these older Keeper Batsmen who can't bat. NZ needs to train someone up for the long haul, having another, 31-33+ yr old to come and go in half a dozen tests will not lead to anything good, short or long term!

  • on January 16, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    Not the most inspiring of selection decisions, opting for a batsman-wicketkeeper who doesn't keep for his province and has looked out of his depth at Test level or a journeyman 31-year old.

    Yes, Young struggled against Australia but so did the rest of our batsman and his keeping was first-rate?

    Knee-jerk reaction.

  • abyrao on January 16, 2012, 5:34 GMT

    I still cant figure out why McCullum isnt keeping. He isnt that great a batsman that he should be in the team only as a specialist. If he is in the playing XI he must keep.This will enable the side to have a better balance as well. Also McCullum has a fantastic record as a keeper.

  • on January 16, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    With a name like Kruger van Wyk, he has to be an expat South African....Soon the NZ team will be a RSA 3rd XI.

  • on January 16, 2012, 6:56 GMT

    Why no Derek DeBoorder he has a better average and is younger.