New Zealand in South Africa 2012-13 December 7, 2012

New Zealand drop Kruger van Wyk

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand's change of captaincy has overshadowed a number of changes in their Test squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa, with the wicketkeeper Kruger van Wyk, the legspinner Todd Astle and the batsman Rob Nicol all left out after being part of the group that toured Sri Lanka. A 15-man squad has been named, with the other change the absence of Ross Taylor, who has decided to take a break from cricket following the captaincy drama.

BJ Watling will take the gloves for the two Tests in Cape Town and Port Elizabeth, while the batsmen Dean Brownlie and Peter Fulton have earned recalls. Brownlie, 28, was impressive during his first two series against Zimbabwe and Australia last year but was dropped following the tour of the West Indies in August, while Fulton, 33, has not played for New Zealand in any format for three years.

There was also a call-up for the uncapped left-arm spinner Bruce Martin, 32, who is the leading wicket taker among spinners in the Plunket Shield this summer with 15 at 31.80. Martin, who plays for Auckland, was second only to Neil Wagner among all wicket takers last season with 37 at an average of 37, and the selectors believe his style of bowling will be of more value in South Africa than the legspin of Astle.

"We don't require a leg-spin option in South African conditions so have left out Todd Astle but he is very much part of our thinking for the future," coach Mike Hesson said in a statement. "Bruce Martin is a specialist spinner who can bowl a lot of overs and he deserves an opportunity after showing good recent form. Following on from BJ Watling's good form in Sri Lanka and again while back in New Zealand, he has been selected as the Test wicketkeeper."

Fulton is also back in the Twenty20 squad, having not played a T20 international for nearly four years, while there were call-ups for a number of uncapped players. The left-arm fast bowler Corey Anderson, allrounder Jimmy Neesham, wicketkeeper Derek de Boorder, batsman Colin Munro and fast bowler Mitchell McClenaghan were all included and could make their debuts.

Tim Southee and Jacob Oram were not considered for the T20 squad due to the upcoming births of their children, and Andrew Ellis was ruled out with a side strain. The tour begins with a Twenty20 in Durban on December 21, followed by T20s in East London and Port Elizabeth, before the Tests take place in the first half of January. Three ODIs will follow the Tests, but the one-day squad is yet to be named.

Test squad Brendon McCullum (capt), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Peter Fulton, Daniel Flynn, Dean Brownlie, BJ Watling (wk), James Franklin, Tim Southee, Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Jeetan Patel, Bruce Martin, Chris Martin.

Twenty20 squad Brendon McCullum (capt), Martin Guptill, Rob Nicol, Peter Fulton, Colin Munro, Nathan McCullum, Corey Anderson, James Franklin, Jimmy Neesham, Derek de Boorder, Mitchell McClenaghan, Doug Bracewell, Trent Boult, Ronnie Hira, Adam Milne.

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  • Anthony on December 10, 2012, 17:58 GMT

    "We don't need a leg spinner in SA" Huh? How about taking your best spinner. Period. Can you imagine OZ telling Warnie, sorry we don't need a leg spinner for this tour.

  • Navi on December 10, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    FULTON? Bruce Martin? THE PHANTOM? What the heck on earth is going on PLZZZZZZZ someone from NCB explain to us fans. I thought we were looking into future? Maybe get young fast bowlers like Adam Milne? and give try to another young batsman and mAYBE MAYBE we will be able to find more Williamsons? NO? Why not pick Martin Crown while u guy are at? how about Cairns brothers? AND WHERE IS JESSE RYDER?

  • Jal on December 9, 2012, 1:50 GMT

    Only now they're bring back Peter Fulton? when Ross Taylor out?

  • Dummy4 on December 8, 2012, 22:03 GMT

    Just get Ryder and Taylor in. No need for petty politics or a rest, we want to see the best of N.Z v the best of S.A. Test cricket loses its gloss when weak teams are sent out.

  • Rob on December 8, 2012, 13:19 GMT

    The only chance the Kiwis have of avoiding a South African clean sweep is if McCullum wins a 20/20 game single handidly. New Zealands terrible record in SA will only continuw with this touring party. Too many leading players are just not in their squads.

  • Alexander on December 8, 2012, 1:37 GMT

    Even as an outsider, although I like to see the guile and cunning NZ'ers do well, I hold very little hope for this side against a South African team that have just beaten England and Australia away. Short of a tragic set of circumstances that would affect 11 individual Proteas, I think NZ would do better by forfeiting the series. There would be more dignity in that than the drubbing that is coming. Expect two innings defeats because Cricket NZ can't see the forest for the trees. (i.e. Ryder, Taylor, T. Astle?)

  • Jeff on December 8, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    I guess the selectors haven't been watching Luke Ronchi bat and keep. I'd have the guy in the team as a specialist batsman if they thought there was a better keeping option (which I don't believe there is). The guy is a game-changer.

  • Dummy4 on December 7, 2012, 23:52 GMT

    OMG! I just read the Taylor article & left a comment, THEN came across this one.... Test Squad: No disrespect intended to the players, but seriously NZC??? In your opinion this is the best squad NZ can put together at the moment to take on the BEST test team on the planet, at home no less!! We are going to get a hiding. My team: Martin Guptil, Brendon McCullum, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, BJ Watling (WK), T Astle (or Vettori if fit), James Franklin, Tim Southee, D Bracewell, T Boult, N Wagner (12th Man) Now I'm sure most would agree this team is more like it - it appears the only thing standing in the way of it is politics. Shame.

  • Hamish on December 7, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    Careful what you wish for, McCullum.. This ain't going to be pretty.

  • Brett on December 7, 2012, 22:44 GMT

    Agree with you @choppa13 but at least they got one thing right by getting Watlinv into the team

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