New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013 September 6, 2013

Sodhi and Anderson in New Zealand Test squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

The uncapped legspinner Ish Sodhi and batting allrounder Corey Anderson have been named in New Zealand's Test squad to tour Bangladesh next month.

Daniel Vettori, Martin Guptill and Tim Southee were all left out of the 15-man group due to injuries, although Southee could join the tour at a later date if he recovers fully from ankle surgery in time. No other players were omitted from the squad that toured England earlier this year, with the Northern Districts pair of Sodhi and Anderson the two inclusions from outside that party.

Sodhi, 20, has played only 12 first-class matches and collected 22 wickets at 48.40, and while his wicket tally in the recent New Zealand A matches in India was not especially impressive - he took 2 for 169 in the first-class games - the selectors were pleased with his consistency. Anderson, 22, scored 100 against India A earlier this week and averages 37.07 in first-class cricket.

Anderson has made his ODI and Twenty20 international debuts over the past year and could add a Test cap during the Bangladesh tour, which begins with a warm-up match in Chittagong starting on October 4, followed by two Tests in Chittagong and Dhaka. The coach Mike Hesson said both Anderson and Sodhi had drawn the attention of the selectors for some time.

"Both players have been on our radar and we've been pleased with the consistency Ish showed with the ball on the current NZA tour while Corey made an impressive century earlier this week," Hesson said. "Corey gives the squad options as he can bat in the top six and provide useful seam bowling.

"The Bangladesh tour is a good opportunity to introduce a promising spinner, and having two specialist spinners in the squad gives us the option to utilise wickets that are likely to turn."

New Zealand's new general manager of national selection, Bruce Edgar, said the selectors were keen to stick with the players who had played in England.

"Essentially this squad builds on the team that toured England in May," Edgar said. "The key was to take a consistent approach to selection and provide continuity for the players. Bangladesh have proven over the years that they are a difficult opponent in their own backyard. But our preparations in Sri Lanka will certainly help us be ready for the sub-continent conditions."

The schedule for the Bangladesh tour, which had not previously been released, features two ODIs in Dhaka and one in Fatullah, and the T20 on November 6 has been listed for Sylhet, subject to ICC approval. The main pavilion at the Sylhet stadium is still being built, and it and all the other venues were visited by an inspection team from New Zealand Cricket last week.

The players for a pre-tour training camp in Sri Lanka on September 22. The squad for the three ODIs and Twenty20 in Bangladesh that follow the Tests, and for three ODIs and two T20s in Sri Lanka after the trip, will be named next week.

Test squad Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, Brendon McCullum (capt), BJ Watling, Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Mark Gillespie, Ish Sodhi, Bruce Martin.

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  • Dummy4 on September 11, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    may allah help bangladesh to win. I LOVE BANGLADESH

  • Jordan on September 7, 2013, 23:31 GMT

    We can all agree that Ish Sodhi is talented and could be a star in the future correct?

    Martin and Kane are already very good off-spin bowlers, there is no point in bringing in another off-spin bowler. We aren't exactly going to play 3 off-spinners in the same match.

    I think Ish Sodhi being brought into the blackcaps is more for giving a potential star of NZC experience. Maybe they have a Bangladesh Leg-spin expert in the wings ready to help mould Ish.

    Rather than talking about who deserves to be in the black caps based off stats, maybe people should be looking at why they've brought him in.

    A tour of bangladesh on spinning wickets IS the perfect place to give Sodhi some experience, mould him into the class spinner he could be rather than leaving it to chance. And Ish in my opinion, clearly has the talent of becoming world class.

  • paul on September 7, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    kiwicricketnut.....yes you are correct in saying Sodhi is maybe the best spinner of the two....but in saying that, Vettori has also been our best spinner over the last five years or so, but how many games did he win us with the ball during that time.? I would argue Williamson is the best spinner in the team at present, solely because he takes wickets. McCullum (other than batting to long for himself against England in Auckland) failed to bring Williamson on against the left hander Broad early in his innings....a move that I feel lost NZ the winning of the test....

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    This is gonna be a great series.Waiting to see how this NZ side plays spin especially without gaptill n vettori.The last time we won the ODI series 4-0 n hoping that we can repeat the same performance again

  • Dummy4 on September 7, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Again New Zealand !! Again best chance for Bangladesh !! Want at least one test win as well as 3-0 ODI's as previous tour..

  • john on September 7, 2013, 3:08 GMT

    Sodhi should have another full domestic season with plenty of overs..nothing wrong with fighting it out for a spot..Sodhi mite get a run, martin wil have a big work load and could break down

  • jared on September 7, 2013, 1:49 GMT

    both anderson and ish are great players, looking at first class stats alone is no way to select a team, you have to look at the skill set these players have and sohdi is something special, for starters he flights the ball, where as most nz spinners are scared to do that, he has a wrongun which is very well disguised and turns the ball a long way, all the ingredients for a great spinner and hopefully a successfull one at international level, if you havn't seen him bowl look him up on you tube, he is very good. astle is handy but is too slow and has no variety, he gets more wickets because players bat more aggresively against the lesser bowler, sohdi is definately the better spinner

  • Dummy4 on September 6, 2013, 19:10 GMT

    I can't believe NZ would not pick Jeetan Patel for this. NZ could go close to losing this series, we need to play our best team and ensure we win. I would have chosen an experienced head and a man who has taken wickets against test match opposition. I'm sorry but Ish's stats don't give me much confidence. Also what happened too Astle - who could bat a bit too and Nethula? We never persevere with anyone - frustrating! Maybe Williamson could become key at the bowling crease.

  • Shoaib on September 6, 2013, 16:48 GMT

    New Zealand obviously has a much better pace attack than Bangladesh but on these wickets, pace bowling will have little say. Don't forget unlike the West Indies, New Zealand don't have any pacer that is express and if you remember last year test series against West Indies, it was their shear pace that got the better of Bangladesh. Flat pitch will just be very disappointing. New Zealand are of course favourites but Bangladesh must play to their strengths. Ideal test 11 - Tamim, Anamul, Naeem, Rahim, Nasir, Shakib, Riyad, Mominul, Zia, Gazi and Robiul.

  • mainul on September 6, 2013, 15:15 GMT

    This is the best chance to close the mouth of the criticizers of Bangladesh as a test playing nation. Bangladesh should take it as a much win series.The scenario is well set. Bangladesh on home soil against New Zealand, WHO WILL BE WITHOUT VETTORI.Moreover New Zealand has a much stronger pace attack than Bangladesh. So without any doubt Bangladesh should prepare a turning tract for test.