New Zealand news February 16, 2016

Taylor in line for return in Island of Origin match

ESPNcricinfo staff

A muscle tear had kept Ross Taylor out of the ODI and Test series against Australia © Getty Images

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor is in line to make a return from injury at the Island of Origin T20 match on February 28 in Wellington, which is being seen as a warm-up game before the team's departure for the World T20 in India. The batsman had suffered a muscle tear in his left side during the T20I series against Pakistan last month. While the injury kept him out of the Pakistan ODIs and the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy and Tests against Australia, he is in contention for the World T20, which starts from March 8.

Apart from Taylor, eight other players of New Zealand's World T20 squad will also feature in the match. The North Island squad, captained by Taylor, includes allrounder Grant Elliott, fast bowlers Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Milne, batsman Colin Munro, wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi and legspinner Ish Sodhi. The South Island squad, which will be captained by Tom Latham, includes offspinner Nathan McCullum and batsman Henry Nicholls.

National selector Gavin Larsen said the match was an opportunity for several players to get into T20 mode before they left for India.

"It's two very strong teams who will both be eager on taking bragging rights," Larsen said. "It's also a great chance for a number of players to get back into Twenty20 mode ahead of the tournament in India.

"We'll be watching with interest, as it's also a chance for a number of fringe players to push their case for higher honours going forward."

North Island: Ross Taylor (capt), Todd Astle, Doug Bracewell, Anton Devcich, Grant Elliott, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Ish Sodhi, George Worker

South Island: Tom Latham (capt), Dean Brownlie, Jacob Duffy, Andrew Ellis, Peter Fulton, Matt Henry, Nathan McCullum, Henry Nicholls (wk), Marty Kain, Hamish Rutherford, Nathan Smith, Neil Wagner

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  • Gary on February 18, 2016, 8:50 GMT

    @gareth bain - where does it say that the reference to origin is in relation to the country of birth? If you maybe read a bit more about the meaning of the word you'd see it doesn't relate specifically to birth place...

  • cricfan722 on February 18, 2016, 2:58 GMT

    South Island needs Ben Stokes in it to even things up a little, he was born in Christchurch after all. I know I'm dreaming but would sure spice it up.

  • Marcus Gibson on February 17, 2016, 17:40 GMT

    The first recorded formal game of cricket in New Zealand took place in Wellington on 28 December 1842. Fitting that Island of Origin is held in the Capital were it all started on record.

  • Gareth on February 17, 2016, 15:46 GMT

    You need look up the meaning of the word "origin".

  • Gary on February 17, 2016, 6:56 GMT

    @j.vomkrieg - well said my fellow Kiwi, sometimes you have to wonder if it's worth the energy responding don't you?!

  • Richard on February 17, 2016, 1:48 GMT

    Great to see this come to fruition. Have to say though, North Island looks far too strong.. all have played (and most still in the frame for) the national side. Hope the match is televised!

  • Jay on February 16, 2016, 20:20 GMT

    If anyone wants to know about how people born overseas get to play in an "island of origin" match in NZ, it's simple.

    In New Zealand, once you become a kiwi, we tend to treat you as a kiwi. Grant Elliot is a New Zealand citizen, and as far as the country is concerned, he is one of us. Same goes for Ronchi (Aus), Monroe (SA), Sodhi (IND) and many others.

    The idea of excluding a foreign born New Zealand citizen and player from a friendly match seems pointlessly bigoted to me. We include them, because to us, they are real Kiwis.

  •   Josh Todd on February 16, 2016, 20:14 GMT

    Peter Fulton? Is he still around? Last I remember his SR was too low for tests - what's he doing playing T20!?

  • dan on February 16, 2016, 16:41 GMT

    Sounds like a good game.

    The concept would be a massive success with both rugby league and rugby union.

    It's like the New Zealand version of rugby leagues version of state of origin.

    You could add both the North Island and South Island to Australia's Sheffield Shield and the standard would be pretty strong.

    The comp would look like this, North Island vs Queensland, North Island vs South Australia, North Island vs Tasmania, South Island vs Western Australia, South Island vs Victoria, South Island vs New South Wales.

    Australia would benefit playing a couple of games on green tops, New Zealand would benefit playing on the diverse pitches Australia offers.

    I'm sure both the North Island and South Island could win the Sheffield Shield.

    I would keep the current 6 New Zealand first class teams to supply the North Island and South Island with players.

    I'm sure with my idea New Zealands standards would improve and they would be a massive threat in world cricket.

    Fans would love it

  • Geoff on February 16, 2016, 16:33 GMT

    @Swan_Draught - Yes and Munro is from Durban...Wagner is from Pretoria...Brownlie is from Perth...Sodhi is from India.

    Point well made. "Island of Origin" eh? Yeah right ;)

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