New Zealand v Australia, 2nd Test, Hamilton March 24, 2010

Kane Williamson named in New Zealand Test squad


The teenage batsman Kane Williamson is line for a potential Test debut after being named in New Zealand's squad for the second Test against Australia starting in Hamilton on Saturday. Williamson, 19, has been in irresistible form in the Plunket Shield this summer, and will replace the injured Daryl Tuffey. Allrounder James Franklin has also been included in the squad.

Williamson, a top-order batsman and offspinner, put in a brilliant all-round performance for Northern Districts against Auckland last week, when he made 192 and finished with match figures of 5 for 59. He has made 588 runs at 53.45 in the Plunket Shield this season and will be pushing for a Test debut at his home ground, Seddon Park, after the shaky efforts of the top order in Wellington.

"I wasn't expecting a call at all, but I was aware that I was probably getting looked at after past performances, I was absolutely thrilled," Williamson said. "I had a bit of contact with [coach] Mark Greatbatch, not on a consistent basis, but once or twice he said 'keep going'. I'm certainly excited to test myself at the next level and learn a lot."

Franklin's ability to bowl left-arm seam won him the nod, as the selectors prepared for the possibility of overcast conditions in Hamilton.

"There has been a lot of rain in Hamilton of late, and it is fair to say that the conditions we saw today at Seddon Park, at this stage, are far different to those we experienced earlier in the season," Greatbatch said. "We thought it prudent to have all our bases covered, and James does that for us."

The squad also includes Mathew Sinclair, who was included as top-order cover in the squad at the Basin Reserve but did not make the side. The offspinner Jeetan Patel will feature strongly in the selection discussions on a pitch expected to take some turn, but most of the interest in the lead-up will surround the young Williamson.

"He's in the 13 so he's a chance, there's no doubt about that," Greatbatch said. "We'll have to look at the conditions at Seddon Park but he's playing well. We resisted the temptation to bring him in earlier but we've decided with one Test left, he's a young lad playing well, very talented and it's an opportunity for him to be involved in our environment. If he does make the starting 11 I'm sure he'll acquit himself well."

New Zealand squad Tim McIntosh, BJ Watling, Mathew Sinclair, Peter Ingram, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Daniel Vettori (capt), Brendon McCullum (wk), Tim Southee, Brent Arnel, Jeetan Patel, Chris Martin, James Franklin.

Brydon Coverdale is a staff writer at Cricinfo

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  • Bridge on March 26, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    Another bad idea I guess, to call up Kane Williamson at such young age.The difference between the top level test cricket and NZ domestic is huge. There is no guarantee whatsoever that KW will be as successful as he is in domestic cricket. His chance of not overcoming the pressure form this experienced aussie side is much more. NZC should allow promising players like Kane to develope by playing 1st claas cricket, not by playing test cricket. Look at Bollinger or Ryan Harris of the aussie side. He should start with playing ODIs at first. Kane hasn't yet played in county cricket. He also can play in NZ A team. May be even in IPL or whatever, just to gather enough experience to make the test side. Remember how many runs Mike Hussey scored before he made the test side of Aussies? And more importantly, it's not that NZ don't have any experienced cricketers left. There are safer bets like James Franklin or Mathew Sinclair. They can't just gamble with Kane like they are doing with Guptill now.

  • David on March 25, 2010, 15:54 GMT

    Gupta, it's time to put this nonsense to bed. Here's the history of terrorism and cricket - check out NZ's unlucky involvement: 2002 - suicide bomb outside NZ team's hotel in Karachi prompted them to pack up and abandon the Test series in Pakistan. Injured the team physio, killed 11 French navy experts and two Pakistanis. 2001 - NZ cancelled its tour of Pakistan, due to start within weeks of the Sep 11 US attacks. July 2001 - most of the team stayed on in Sri Lanka under increased security when a suicide attack closed Colombo's international airport. 1996 - Aust and the WI refused to play in preliminary World Cup matches in Sri Lanka after a huge bomb blast killed 80 people and injured 1,200 in Colombo. 1992, Colombo, a suicide bomber detonated a bomb outside the NZ team's hotel at breakfast, killing four people. 5 players and the coach returned home on compassionate grounds. 1987 - NZ cut short its tour of Sri Lanka after a car bomb killed 100 people at a bus station in Colombo.

  • Steven on March 25, 2010, 14:48 GMT

    @Gupta.Ankur like most cricket lovers on here, when we want to find out about other teams, in your case NZ and how often they tour, we look at the statistics, and read new articles on tours etc, this is cricinfo remember.

  • Aaron on March 25, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    Gupta.Ankur your comments are pretty clueless.

    The only sub continent country that NZ isn't willing to tour is Pakistan for obvious reasons. (NZ toured Sri Lanka last year and Bangledesh in 08).

    And i'm pretty sure Sri Lanka havn't toured Pakistan (or anyone else for that matter) since they were attacked.

  • ankur on March 25, 2010, 4:30 GMT

    NZ has been worst security victims? is that what you have for NZ not having courage to tour abraod? what about SriLanka their team bus was sprayed with bullets,still they toured Pak and other countries.... I think thats why i said courage and not willingness....

  • David on March 25, 2010, 0:24 GMT

    These comments about NZ's unwillingness to tour are unfair. Apart from Sri Lanka, no team has experienced the violence that the NZ team has had the misfortune to witness on previous tours. Surely it is understandable that NZ Cricket would not send the team to, and that players would not be willing to play in, another hotspot (as other country boards have also done)? It is a sport.

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2010, 23:43 GMT

    Hate to admit it but Cleon is right, though I hope Williamson does well! .I'm a kiwi and strong supporter of the Black Caps but benchmarking the ability of a guy by his run in nz domestic cricket doesnt give an indication how he will go as an international - Look at Franklin and Matt Bell from Wellington - Fantastics Domestic records but at international a failure Sinclair too - though Frandklin can still prove himself. Iin my opinion there are 3 reasons that immediately spring to mind why we will never be a consistantly strong team. 1 - Small player base 2 - Constant injuries to key players (Why??? As it has been happening for years - I could write a book about this) 3 - The NZ domestic comp - Pretty weak and the step up to international cricket is level is too great. -We need to get a couple of international players in each team to bring up the standard and keep the competition at a good level

    and Gupta.Ankur - Well I dont need to say much, everyone else has done it for mr

  • Alex on March 24, 2010, 23:26 GMT

    @shiva, williamson opening the batting? what the hell, one of the best long-term prospects we have and you think chucking him in to the revolving door opening position against a red-hot australia is the way to introduce a player of the future???

    dont even play him in this test, wait until a winter tour and even playing him down the order is a mistake let alone OPENING.

    also taylor and mccullum not consistent? taylor has been the premier batsmen for some time now and mcculum has just scored two hundreds in as many weeks basically

  • Dummy4 on March 24, 2010, 21:38 GMT

    Kane Williamson is the most exciting NZ prospect since Daniel Vettori, the comparisons with Crowe and Rutherford are out of date and not applicable to this extraordinary young man. I have several times had the pleasure of watching his work at venues around the South Island and feel he is going to become a permanent fixture in this Black Caps team for years to come. That said, I can't see the Black Caps troubling the ockers any more this time round than last.

  • shiva on March 24, 2010, 21:01 GMT

    i think still new zealand is lacking batsmen. they have a few good bowlers and allrounders but they lack batsmen. their middle order is strong including mccullum, vettori, taylor. tuffey and franklin can bat. nz needs a strong opening pair. mcintosh and walter hasn't been successful so it is a good chance for the selectors to gamble with williamson opening the innings. From the last 12 months taylor and mccullum hasn't performed to their best and has been inconsistent. On a whole, the pressure falls on vettori to contribute with the bat and the bowl. he is nearly contributing 40-50% in the teams output and hence... nz has been the one man army... and this is a big problem nz is facing over the yrs.

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