New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013 September 6, 2013

Sodhi and Anderson in New Zealand Test squad

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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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  • Kiwi-Jake on September 6, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    Ish Sodhi and Corey Anderson are both very good picks for the future. New Zealand have been in the middle of a quality young spinner drought recently and Sodhi really impressed for the under-19s. I hope Anderson can curb his injury problems because he's a quality bowler (capable of bowling around 140km/h) on top of being a good aggressive middle order bat when he's not suffering from injuries. I would be tempted to play Sodhi, Anderson and Latham ahead of Martin, Brownlie and Watling respectively in the test XI. I hope NZ does alright in Bangladesh, our last trip there wasn't so successful...

  • on September 11, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    may allah help bangladesh to win. I LOVE BANGLADESH

  • Jordanious77 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.

  • 22many 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....

  • 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

  • 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..

  • hokeypokey 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

  • kiwicricketnut 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

  • 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.

  • Warm_Coffee 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.

  • Kiwi-Jake on September 6, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    Ish Sodhi and Corey Anderson are both very good picks for the future. New Zealand have been in the middle of a quality young spinner drought recently and Sodhi really impressed for the under-19s. I hope Anderson can curb his injury problems because he's a quality bowler (capable of bowling around 140km/h) on top of being a good aggressive middle order bat when he's not suffering from injuries. I would be tempted to play Sodhi, Anderson and Latham ahead of Martin, Brownlie and Watling respectively in the test XI. I hope NZ does alright in Bangladesh, our last trip there wasn't so successful...

  • on September 11, 2013, 21:19 GMT

    may allah help bangladesh to win. I LOVE BANGLADESH

  • Jordanious77 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.

  • 22many 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....

  • 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

  • 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..

  • hokeypokey 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

  • kiwicricketnut 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

  • 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.

  • Warm_Coffee 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.

  • mainul079080 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.

  • SyedAreYouDumb on September 6, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Test: Tamim, Nafees,Marshall,Shakib,Nasir,Mushi,Mahmadullah,Gazi, Razzak,Robiul, Rubel/Mashrafee (if fit) ODI's: Tamim, Anamul, Shamsur, Shakib,Mushi,Nasir,Mahmadullah, Gazi, Razzak, Shafiul, Rubel/Robiul (not that brilliant in ODI's)/Mashrafee (if fit) T20's same as ODI's maybe some changes I.e. Ziaur

  • SyedAreYouDumb on September 6, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    This is going to be a very very very interesting tour. If spinning tracks are made then I expect Gazi and Shakib to rip through their batting and although Razzak may not get picked/stats aren't that good in tests, if he is picked he will also rip through because his recent domestic performances have been impressive. I'm saying this based on their fragility towards spin. But then again NZ's pace attack is quite impressive. However if it is flat then the tests should be even. ODI's are Bangladesh's to lose and t20 is going to be even. CAN'T WAIT!!

  • Yasassri on September 6, 2013, 13:38 GMT

    Corey Anderson bright prospect, natural talent

  • on September 6, 2013, 12:34 GMT

    jeez give Mitchel MacGlenhagen a go !!! NZs military medium pacers are not going to take 20 wickets to win a test !!

  • alesana85 on September 6, 2013, 12:26 GMT

    Why do NZ pick players on potential instead of actual performance? Both players have little experience at first class level & they have poor domestic records. NZ has a record of picking players who have poor domestic records. (they even made one captain!)

  • Lermy on September 6, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Saw Anderson bat a few years back for NZ U-19 and he looked head and shoulders above the likes of Latham or anyone else come to think of it, apart from a tendancy to self destruct going for the big shot too often. He has yet to produce consistent form, but hopefully he will, because he could be a real force. Probably better if he forgets the bowling in all honesty!

  • Number1CricketFan on September 6, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    Crinklyoldbugger is spot on. Astle had a very promising series against SL where is he now?? come on!

  • QTS_ on September 6, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Bangladesh have done well on flat pitches last year, putting up two 500+ scores. But their weakness lies against pace. Besides, their preparation so far have not been as thorough as before, whereas NZ are taking extra preparation in SL.

  • Crinklyoldbugger on September 6, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    Anderson is seen as the golden balls of nz cricket. His 1st class record is very average to say the least and then he is injury friendly. Good on you selectors..him and Sodhi need to buy lotto tkts. What happened to Astle ..oh ! I forgot he's not from ND

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

    I hope BCB for once prepare spinning pitches otherwise if it is just flat then the win is gifted to New Zealand. New Zealand bar Vettori who won't be playing in this series don't have any other quality spinner so play to your strengths but this series is an interesting one which will tell us a lot. New Zealand batting line-up looks pretty strong but bowling looks bleak. Not only lack of a quality spinner but neither of their pace bowlers can bowl express which usually troubles Bangladesh batsman at test. I think the team that bats well and the pitch that is prepared will have the big say on who dominates and wins.

  • on September 6, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    I've seen this kind of talent before start with a bang and end with a whimper. Sodhi really is a little too young, plus his average of 48 with the ball is far too high. As for Anderson, I still feel that his lack of patience will badly expose him in the test arena.

  • on September 6, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    nz need adam milne, daniel flynn and bennett

  • on September 6, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Hope Corey Anderson doesn't go the Shane Watson way; but would go the Martin Crowe way. Very talented player indeed.

    Fast bowling all-rounders are more injury prone than the spinning all-rounders. It is not only Corey's responsibility to manage that risk, but also that of the administrators and selectors.

  • BenGundry on September 6, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Very tough on Astle. He's done better on the NZ A tour, has better first class stats, and has more experience.

    However, NZ will be wise to only play with one specialist spinner.

  • on September 6, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Great! They will be a good addition to the team!

  • dalboy12 on September 6, 2013, 5:48 GMT

    Great to see Anderson there, he has real potential. But what is this belief in world cricket that a dream spinner is just going to suddenly appear and not have to be developed. It seems rough that Astle got one tour --- and then its goodbye. I mean best of luck for this Sodhi guy, he's going to need it, cos unless he takes a bunch of wickets for not much in his first couple of games, chances are he won't play again.

  • StevieS on September 6, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    How to get into the New Zealand team - become a leg spinner or bowl over 145k, it doesn't matter how bad you are or what your first class record is.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on September 6, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    So the epic Clash of the minnows in a few tests and limited versions is upon us . Even though NZ is the far superior of the 2 and should do a sweep of all the int. games, it won't be all that easy as BD at home will have slow spinning tracks to its benefit and the spinners will test NZ in a few periods in the tests .However , expect NZ to prevail in both tests and the exp. of Taylor and Mc Cullum to shine and relative easy win by NZ . ODIs/T20 are BD's strong forte and will be more competitive , but if NZ plays to potential they should easily pocket all those too .Atleast ,you can expect that BD will offer more competition to NZ than Eng did in their loss to them few months back .

  • donnao on September 6, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    corey selection is a good move,,,,,,,,not to sodhi....

  • on September 6, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    Again a Indian origin player will play for other country Congrats mate :)

  • HairyKiore on September 6, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    A small step in the right direction but I still wonder about the sense of selecting "over the hill" players ...We need to be experiencing our unexperienced or how else do they upgrade themselves....Always worries me selectors saying a player needs more experience when the same selector denies one the experience they need??? HK

  • Snowbadger15 on September 6, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Very happy that corey anderson is selected, he is a good all rounder and he should take Brownlies place because he is useless against spin while Anderson is a hard hitting left hander that should destroy the slow left armers of Bangladesh. Sodhi is not ready so hopefully he does not play as he has a horrible first class average and poor economy rate though the pitches he plays on are as flat as pancakes. He is highly promising but he should not play but this will really help his development. I wonder if he will be the next ashton agar ??

  • pt_pt on September 6, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    Good selections and squad.

  • redmedicine on September 6, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    Wonder why they went with Sodhi and not Astle, who looked okay in the SL tour last year and had better figures on the A tour. With no Guptill, the top seven might be set, but I could see Brownlie dropped on a slow subcontinent pitch in order to go with Anderson and two spinners alongside I'd guess Boult and Bracewell. Most likely though they'll go with the incumbent batsmen, Boult/Bracewell/Wagner, and Martin, and count on Williamson if they have to.

  • on September 6, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    For a minute when I saw the headline I thought "Why has James Anderson suddenly defected to New Zealand!"

  • 512fm on September 5, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Wow, Todd Astle must feel extremely hard done by, Sodhi seems to be the new golden boy of NZ cricket, can't do anything wrong. I was perplexed at how he was selected for NZ A and now he is selected for NZ after 22 wickets in 12 matches??Also what the heck does 'consistency with the ball' mean?? I guess actual results don't matter much any more.

  • siponus2007 on September 5, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    hopefully newzeland make compettition this time rather than banglawash lol

  • on September 5, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    Hang on - why Sodhi ahead of Todd Astle?? Astle was the highest wicket-taker on the NZ A tour, and scored more runs that Sodhi. Plus he was picked last year & performed OK in his only test. Why are they discarding him so quickly - as a leggie he should be just coming into his prime in his late 20's

  • on September 5, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    Hang on - why Sodhi ahead of Todd Astle?? Astle was the highest wicket-taker on the NZ A tour, and scored more runs that Sodhi. Plus he was picked last year & performed OK in his only test. Why are they discarding him so quickly - as a leggie he should be just coming into his prime in his late 20's

  • siponus2007 on September 5, 2013, 23:48 GMT

    hopefully newzeland make compettition this time rather than banglawash lol

  • 512fm on September 5, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Wow, Todd Astle must feel extremely hard done by, Sodhi seems to be the new golden boy of NZ cricket, can't do anything wrong. I was perplexed at how he was selected for NZ A and now he is selected for NZ after 22 wickets in 12 matches??Also what the heck does 'consistency with the ball' mean?? I guess actual results don't matter much any more.

  • on September 6, 2013, 0:18 GMT

    For a minute when I saw the headline I thought "Why has James Anderson suddenly defected to New Zealand!"

  • redmedicine on September 6, 2013, 0:31 GMT

    Wonder why they went with Sodhi and not Astle, who looked okay in the SL tour last year and had better figures on the A tour. With no Guptill, the top seven might be set, but I could see Brownlie dropped on a slow subcontinent pitch in order to go with Anderson and two spinners alongside I'd guess Boult and Bracewell. Most likely though they'll go with the incumbent batsmen, Boult/Bracewell/Wagner, and Martin, and count on Williamson if they have to.

  • pt_pt on September 6, 2013, 1:31 GMT

    Good selections and squad.

  • Snowbadger15 on September 6, 2013, 4:19 GMT

    Very happy that corey anderson is selected, he is a good all rounder and he should take Brownlies place because he is useless against spin while Anderson is a hard hitting left hander that should destroy the slow left armers of Bangladesh. Sodhi is not ready so hopefully he does not play as he has a horrible first class average and poor economy rate though the pitches he plays on are as flat as pancakes. He is highly promising but he should not play but this will really help his development. I wonder if he will be the next ashton agar ??

  • HairyKiore on September 6, 2013, 4:23 GMT

    A small step in the right direction but I still wonder about the sense of selecting "over the hill" players ...We need to be experiencing our unexperienced or how else do they upgrade themselves....Always worries me selectors saying a player needs more experience when the same selector denies one the experience they need??? HK

  • on September 6, 2013, 4:25 GMT

    Again a Indian origin player will play for other country Congrats mate :)

  • donnao on September 6, 2013, 5:00 GMT

    corey selection is a good move,,,,,,,,not to sodhi....