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

Michael Bates replaces injured Mark Gillespie

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Michael Bates, the Auckland seamer, has been named as a replacement for Mark Gillespie in New Zealand's Twenty20 squad for the tour of South Africa. Gillespie had originally been named as a replacement for Adam Milne, but he has been ruled out because of a side strain.

Gillespie had to leave the field on the third day of the Plunket Shield match between Wellington and Central Districts and tests revealed that he had strained an abdominal muscle.

"With the injuries to Adam Milne and Mark Gillespie, we have taken the opportunity to add another bowler to the squad in Michael Bates," national selection manager Kim Littlejohn said. "Michael is a promising bowler who performed well for Auckland last season and his recent experience during the Champions League in South Africa will be useful."

Bates has played three Twenty20 internationals for New Zealand, the last of which was against South Africa in February. He will join the squad in South Africa on Friday. New Zealand will play three Twenty20 internationals in Durban, East London and Port Elizabeth on December 21, 23 and 26.

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  • Kevin on December 15, 2012, 0:32 GMT

    @nathan bell: Ah.. ...i think he may have been selected before, and performed pretty underwhelmingly. But lets give him another go, he's bowled OK for Auckland, and nerves and such like play a big part. I remember Carl Bulfin playing for the Black Caps a few years ago and he looked woeful, but apparently he couldn't sleep before the games. I saw him bowl a few years ago in club cricket aged late 30s and he was still very very quick. But of course injury prone, which is where we came in!!!

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 12:20 GMT

    Disgraceful that he hasn't been selected earlier. NZ has a lot of issues with politics. Starting way down with the age group academies. The amount of talented kids who are left out and forgotten due to who you know and "not what you can do" is a disgrace. Has happened a lot in the last 10 years, kinda just reflects where NZ cricket is now. Below Bangladesh in the rankings. I'm embarrassed for the players, coaches and the systems. The Taylor saga is the latest in the politics systems!

  • Aditya on December 13, 2012, 11:11 GMT

    I guess Indian and Kiwi selectors have lot in common - just check out the latest news, captaincy issues, selecting unfit players, and of course both teams are under performing!

  • jared on December 13, 2012, 9:05 GMT

    If another seamer goes down who do we have left, weve been bragging about our pace bowling stocks being the best they have ever been but they're no good to us on the side lines. No milne, gillespie, small, wheeler,henry, even bracewell was lucky to make this tour, we cant maintain this sort of injury toll or well be wheeling out chris martin, yuck!

  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    Why wasn't Bates chosen ahead of Gillespie in the first place? Gillespie averages 38 with the ball in T20 cricket with an RPO of 8.6 (and went 0/43 in his only HRV Cup game this year), while Bates averages 22 with an RPO of 8.2 and took 1/18(4) in his only game.

  • Mohamed on December 13, 2012, 5:20 GMT


  • Dummy4 on December 13, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    Shaping up to be our worst prepared tour of all time, bring us to the slaughter!!!

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