New Zealand v Bangladesh, Only Test, Hamilton February 10, 2010

Three uncapped players in New Zealand Test squad

Cricinfo staff

New Zealand could field up to three Test debutants in the one-off match against Bangladesh after calling up the opener Peter Ingram, the batsman Neil Broom and the fast bowler Andy McKay. The trio is part of a 13-man squad that does not feature the out-of-form Daniel Flynn, who has been dropped for the Hamilton Test that starts on Monday.

Grant Elliott and Jesse Ryder were unavailable due to injuries, while Iain O'Brien was also out of contention from New Zealand's most recent Test side having retired from international cricket. The coach and selector Mark Greatbatch said the three new faces had forced their way in thanks to strong domestic performances.

"Peter Ingram has been picked based on the form he has shown in the longer versions of the game over the last three years of domestic cricket," Greatbatch said. "We always had an eye on him for the Test matches, and this is his chance to step up. The top order is an important area where we need to improve and we want to see how Peter goes at the next level.

"Neil Broom has been picked on the weight of domestic runs he has scored. We have moved Martin Guptill down the order. We feel that this is a more natural position for him and he is better suited there. He is a quality young player and he needs a chance to play longer innings.

"Andy McKay has been a big improver this year with Wellington. He took his opportunities in the ODI games he played against Bangladesh and in all formats of the game for Wellington, so now he has a chance to prove himself the Test arena. Andy has some good pace and can move the ball around, which is always going to bother even the best of players."

New Zealand squad Tim McIntosh, BJ Watling, Peter Ingram, Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill, Neil Broom, Daniel Vettori (capt), Brendon McCullum (wk), Tim Southee, Daryl Tuffey, Andy McKay, Jeetan Patel, Chris Martin.

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  • richard on February 12, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    bring the auzzies on the test with the deshes will be rained out i think the forcast is not good..........its wet in the waikato 2day....i like the fact that we have good openers now but i think they should put brendon mcullum back down the order maybe no#5 batter wot you yhink?????

  • Jeremy on February 12, 2010, 22:06 GMT

    It will be very interesting to see how the batsmen go. It seems a little on the flimsy side, but this match will be a good chance for them to get some hundreds under their belt.

  • Ed on February 10, 2010, 13:40 GMT

    Broom and Patel to miss out. Although I would love to see Broom get a game - he just doesn't fit into my side as I'd prefer 5 bowlers.

    Tuffey batting at 8 will be OK verse Bangladesh, but maybe a problem against Australia. If Southee doesn't perform he may have to make way for Franklin, which would strengthen the batting. Franklins fitness and inability to bowl long spells has probably seen him miss out here - but with 3 other seamers in the side that wont be too much of an issue if one of the other bowlers loses form dramatically.

    All in all a good squad. Lets just hope they can all stay fit.

  • Simon on February 10, 2010, 13:36 GMT

    A one-off test against a struggling Bangladesh side (no disrespect intended by the way, i'm a fan of the Bangla boys) would have been a perfect chance to 'blood' a real bolter - a massively talented young kid who is more than handy with the ball as well, and scoring runs for fun at present. Kane Williamson anyone? ... I'm not saying he would be ready for the Aussies, but maybe worth a one-off in NZ conditions to see how he settles and how he is in the dressing room ... just a thought!

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2010, 11:23 GMT

    no james franklin... i know hes only just coming back but thought he would be a better option than broom...

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2010, 11:09 GMT

    good prepartion to AUS Home March....Good Luck to NZ

  • Sriram on February 10, 2010, 10:10 GMT

    A series with Bangla before big fish Aussies is not a good preparation. See what happend to the No.1 team, they made big tall scores agaisnt Bangla and got exposed agaisnt Steyn & co. Beware Kiwis

  • Michael on February 10, 2010, 8:50 GMT

    Tim McIntosh needs to be dropped, his technique isn't up to scratch. I'd throw in How, nice player to watch and has matured since falling out of form last time round. From this batch though - Ingram, Watling, Guptill, Taylor, Broom, Vettori, McCullum, Tuffey, Southee, McKay, Martin.

  • Kobid on February 10, 2010, 5:56 GMT

    Its good to see depth in batting,isn't it?Good luck to everyone.

  • Matt on February 10, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    How funny is this - for years now kiwi cricket fans have been wondering where a decent opening batsman is. Now, we have four of them in the squad, and probably four in the final xi....

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