New Zealand in South Africa 2012-13 December 29, 2012

Peter Fulton out of South Africa Tests


Peter Fulton, the New Zealand batsman, has been ruled out of the two-Test series against South Africa because of a tendon injury to his right knee. The problem is an old one that has recurred throughout Fulton's career and flared up again during the practice match against the South African Invitation XI in Paarl.

Fulton had opened the batting with Martin Guptill and was at the crease for an hour and six minutes on the first day. He scored 39 and did not appear to be in any discomfort, but on assessment on the second morning the injury was deemed too serious for him to stay on the tour.

"We have been monitoring the injury closely and Peter played yesterday in an effort to determine whether the injury would affect his batting. By the end of his innings the pain was significant and it became clear that the injury would prevent him from playing a full range of shots," Paul Close, the New Zealand physiotherapist said. "Due to the condensed nature of the tour there is insufficient time to fully recover and he has therefore been withdrawn from the squad. We believe it is best for Peter to return to New Zealand where he can undergo further assessment and continue his rehabilitation."

Fulton was unlikely to play in the two-Test series, with Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum set to open the batting. New Zealand retained Colin Munro from the Twenty20 series as cover and also have Daniel Flynn as an extra batsman in the squad.

This is the second withdrawal from New Zealand's Test squad after Tim Southee had to pull out of with a thumb injury. Southee was replaced by left-armer Mitchell McClenaghan, who was also part of the T20 squad and impressed with his performances in that series.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Karim on December 31, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Would it not have made sense to get neesham in as cover who looked a genuine prospect rather than the very poor looking Munro?

  • Dummy4 on December 31, 2012, 12:52 GMT

    NZ really need Ronchi ASAP.

  • Dummy4 on December 31, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    will watling surely be selected in playing eleven for 1st test???

  • Dummy4 on December 31, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Well we certainly arent any weaker for the loss of Fulton if you ask me which really says something for NZ batting depth. This batting lineup looks paper thin with only Guptill and Williamson anywhere close to being proven performers. I dont count Mccullum as a proven performer because hes not, he has a blinder once in a blue moon against top tier opposition which just isnt good enough. Hopefully our bowling attack will atleast be par to bring some respectability. Without Southee and Bracewell in average form i fear the attack will lack the venom we saw in sri-lanka however.

    im sorry but im going to have to play the broken record and say with our bowling attack at full strength and the inclusion of Taylor, Ryder and Vettori we could actually challenge and beat top nations more we used to.

  • josh on December 31, 2012, 2:17 GMT

    Watling, Guptill, Williamson, Brownlie, Flynn, McCullum wk,capt, Franklin, Bracewell, Patel, Boult, C.Martin, This is the lineup we should go with McCullum needs 2 go down the order and when available am sure Luke Ronchi will come in, with plenty of potential waiting in the wings NZ have a period of dominance ahead provided we get allocated the same ammount of tests as the "big 3".

  • Dummy4 on December 30, 2012, 23:20 GMT

    Good to see Perth boy dean brownlie has some fans.

  • Dummy4 on December 30, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    Replace Fulton with Carl Cachopa

  • Ritvik on December 30, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    how about.. McCullum, Guptill, Flynn, Williamson, Watling, Brownlie, Franklin, Bracewell, Boult, Wagner, C.Martin. An away series against a top team like SA isn't the most ideal situation for a debutant..the Kiwis can back their strengths by leaving out the debutant spinner and the mediocre backing their potent pace attack. This is a pretty decently strong Kiwis line up..stable top order. long tail and noteworthy fast bowlers. some individual brilliance could make a game or few sessions more exciting. would've been way stronger with Ross, Ryder and Vettori in there though!

  • greig on December 30, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    Wow, kiwis bad luck continues!!!

  • Luke on December 29, 2012, 23:39 GMT

    Bummer for 2 metre Peter.. the team should now be Guptil, McCullum, Williamson, Brownlie, Flynn, Watling, Franklin, Bracewell, B Martin, Wagner, Boult

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