New Zealand news July 2, 2013

Bracewell, Gillespie in New Zealand's A team for subcontinent

ESPNcricinfo staff

Test cricketers Doug Bracewell, Mark Gillespie and Neil Broom are among 18 players in New Zealand's A team tour to India and Sri Lanka starting late August. The team is scheduled to play one three-day match, one four-day match and three one-dayers against India A before travelling to Sri Lanka for two four-day matches and three one-dayers.

"It's a very strong New Zealand A squad with a lot of experience on the international scene," Kim Littlejohn, the general manager of national selection, said. "The likes of Doug Bracewell, Neil Broom and Mark Gillespie have all played at Test level and will benefit from further time facing international teams."

However, three players - Broom, Derek de Boorder and James Neesham - will only be available for the two longer-form matches against India A, before being released for the Champions League. They will be replaced by Anton Devcich, Andrew Ellis and Scott Kuggeleijn.

"Players like Daryl Mitchell, Ish Sodhi and Matthew Henry are all exciting prospects for the future, and this offers them an opportunity to continue their development and understand the demands of cricket at a higher level," Littlejohn said.

"The experience of playing in subcontinent conditions will be of immense value for all these players and we're confident they'll grasp this opportunity with both hands."

New Zealand A squad: Corey Anderson (Northern Knights), Todd Astle (Canterbury Wizards), Derek de Boorder (Otago Volts), Doug Bracewell (Central Districts), Neil Broom (Otago Volts), Carl Cachopa (Central Districts), Mark Gillespie (Wellington Firebirds), Matthew Henry (Canterbury Wizards), Tom Latham (Canterbury Wizards), James Neesham (Otago Volts), Adam Milne (Central Districts), Daryl Mitchell (Northern Knights), Colin Munro (Auckland Aces), Luke Ronchi (Wellington Firebirds), Ish Sodhi (Northern Knights)

Players out after first two matches in India: Neil Broom, Derek de Boorder and James Neesham

Players in after first two matches in India: Anton Devcich (Northern Knights), Andrew Ellis (Canterbury Wizards), Scott Kuggeleijn (Northern Knights)

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  • Andrew on July 4, 2013, 6:21 GMT

    I'm unconvinced that sending a 15 man squad for 2 matches is useful. Sure you may have an injury or two, but in two matches swapping in 4 players out of the 11? It's a waste of time and money and several players will go on tour just to 'soak up the atmosphere' rather than play. I agree with kiwicricketnut: Leave out Gillespie and De Boorder... Also, we are one Cachopa down in the squad.

  • jared on July 3, 2013, 11:09 GMT

    i dont have to many complaints about the squad but why does a guy like mark gillespie need to go on a ATour what could a guy with that much experience gain from it except another injury, A tours should be to develop guys we dont know much about to see if they have the goods, his spot should of gone to someone like small or wheeler. only other concern is derek deborder, great cricketer who should of got a shot years ago but do we need to develop another wicket keeper on top of latham, ronchi, watling, mccullum and when you see brilliant young keepers like cam fletcher and tim seifert he has probably missed the boat. agree with matthew tetley about ravel and craig cachopa but looking foward to see if daryl mitchell can step up, he looks a good bat, not too many complaints.

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2013, 7:46 GMT

    nxt a tour should include raval, brodie openers, carl cachopa darryl mitchell, dean brownlie, corey anderson, craig cachopa, middle order, tom latham, derek de border, wicket keepers/c , ish sodhi, tim johnston, spinners matt henry, mark gillespie/ neil wagner/ doug bracewell, michael bates, ryan mconne fast bowlers. This team indicates we have a deep bating line up as all but johnston have a 50. we can have 2 wicket keepers most time, all with leadership abilities, a capable, yet not consistent middle order and a fast bowling attack which will make a meal of most batsman these days

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    mr littlejohn, the lawn bowler that he is, obviously knows nz cricket so well, any joe blow knows neil broom hasn't played test cricket.

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2013, 5:09 GMT

    just curious with this squad, how are we planning to win with so few proper batsman, i count broom and cachopa as the only proper batsman in the squad although mitchell and latham will likely be batsman only

  • Dummy4 on July 3, 2013, 4:45 GMT

    @Sinhaya, NZ don't play international cricket for a while, and therefore there are quite a few players in the squad who could really push for test selection. In Bracewell's case, his unfortunate injury over the NZ summer meant that Neil Wagner was given an opportunity, which he took.

  • Prashan on July 3, 2013, 0:52 GMT

    Welcome to Sri Lanka again Kiwis! Hopefully this series will be exciting. Surprised as to why Bracewell is in the 2nd XI when I thought he deserves a place in the main XI.

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