New Zealand news January 16, 2012

Young dropped for Zimbabwe Test

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Matty 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,

  • Ryan 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.

  • A.J 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

  • Ryan 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].

  • Ryan 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Ryan 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.

  • Gordon 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.

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