Zimbabwe in New Zealand, 2012 February 9, 2012

Ellis to replace injured Brownlie for Twenty20s

ESPNcricinfo staff

Canterbury allrounder Andrew Ellis, who made his international debut in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, will replace the injured Dean Brownlie in the New Zealand Twenty20 squad to face Zimbabwe. Brownlie fractured a finger while fielding in the second one-dayer in Whangarei. He will miss both the ODI and Twenty20 series against South Africa after a hand specialist confirmed he was likely to be out for a month.

Ellis made a vital 33 in New Zealand's win in the first ODI, and followed it up with a wicket as Zimbabwe failed to chase 249. New Zealand then took an unassailable lead in the series after winning the second match comfortably, following up on their triumph in the one-off Test.

John Wright, the New Zealand coach said: "We would like to give Andrew the opportunity to show us his hitting power as he has not had the chance to spend a lot of time at the crease in this series."

The two Twenty20s against Zimbabwe will be played on February 11 in Auckland, and on February 14 in Hamilton.

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  • Mark on February 9, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    Good on Ellis, has looked the part against Zim. Wondering how Wright feels about Ryder at the moment. Iit looks like hes giving the big boy some much needed tough love, it would have been easy to slot him back in for Brownlie. Hopefully the new found competition for places will finally bring Ryder's attitude into place.

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2012, 17:04 GMT

    Nice to see Colin de Grandhomme finally grace the international stage. Can't believe we played schools cricket with (against) him alongside these clowns that now dawn the Zimbabwe colors. Good luck mate. Wonder what happened to the James Cameron.

  • joe on February 9, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    would have liked to see young tom latham get the nod but good reward for ellis who hasnt done much wrong with his opportunities and a good hrv cup

  • Dummy4 on February 9, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    Turning NZ cricket around, this man Wright... like he did for India

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