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February 10, 2010
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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