New Zealand in South Africa 2012-13 January 9, 2013

Elliott replaces injured Anderson for ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand allrounder Grant Elliott has been named as a replacement for Corey Anderson, who has sustained a fracture to his left thumb, for the ODI series against South Africa.

Anderson was struck on his hand while bowling during practice. He will be in a cast for the next two weeks, thus ending his chances of making his ODI debut on this tour. Anderson played in all three T20s against South Africa last month, scoring 17 runs in two innings and failing to take a wicket.

Elliott, who grew up in Johannesburg, has played five Tests, 37 ODIs and a single T20 for New Zealand but hasn't featured in an international game since December 2010. He has scored four fifties and a century in his ODI career. He has played only once before against South Africa, in the 2009 Champions Trophy.

New Zealand will play three ODIs against South Africa, between January 19 and 25.

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  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    Suddenly Elliot into the mix out of nowhere?! Hope he does justice to his selection.

  • Tarun on January 10, 2013, 7:40 GMT

    Why don't they give chance to Luke Ronchi? He is more than capable batsman infact much better than New Zealand Youngsters.....

  • associate cricket fan on January 10, 2013, 6:07 GMT

    should have brought ryder in the side. Nz need to pick their best 11 players. not their best players with good discipline.

  • Arshad on January 10, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Where has Niel Broom disappeared?

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2013, 2:17 GMT

    Just give Munro a go in the test...nothing to lose and has been possible the most inform player in the domestic competition prior (along with Ryder)

  • Alan on January 9, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    Just wondering who the talented youngsters some here are asking for are? Considering they are obviously after an allrounder (although it must be said I'm not exactly sure of this current fascination with "bits and pieces" players - they are basically being used at lower order batsmen). Anyway, I would rather Elliot than Franklin, at least you will get some passion and heart, although admittedly his form hasn't been great. Good luck to him if he gets a go.

  • Daniel on January 9, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    I'd suggest they think the "he has experience in South African conditions" statement cancels out picking him on form.

  • Andrew on January 9, 2013, 22:09 GMT

    Totally agree with billios. Elliott did very well during his time with the NZ ODI team, but is no longer half the player he was two or three years ago. This selection is completely at odds with Kim Littlejohn's stated policy of picking on form.

  • Billy on January 9, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Elliott was a reasonable ODI batsman at one time, but it's been a few years since he played international cricket & his form for Wellington has dipped markedly in that time.

    It's makes a mockery of the domestic comp that he can get a look ahead of some of the youngsters who are actually in form. Maybe the selectors don't want to shatter anybody's confidence by throwing them against Steyn & Morkel...