New Zealand in West Indies 2012

Southee joins New Zealand Test squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 13, 2012

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Tim Southee has been added to New Zealand's Test squad for the ongoing tour of the West Indies as a replacement for Mark Gillespie, who was ruled out last week due to an ankle injury. New Zealand did not confirm at the time who would take Gillespie's place but Southee, who has played 17 Tests and was already in the Caribbean for the ODIs, appeared the logical answer.

"Tim has impressed with the way he bowled in the one-day series so far and we have seen an improvement from where he was at the end of the home summer," Kim Littlejohn, the national selection manager, said. "He's a like-for-like replacement for Mark in terms of the type of bowler he is and his ability to unsettle the opposition batsmen with pace and bounce."

The loss of Gillespie was a blow for New Zealand after he was their leading wicket taker in the Test series against South Africa earlier this year. The two-Test series begins in Antigua on July 25 and finishes in Jamaica in the first week of August.

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Posted by   on (July 15, 2012, 6:00 GMT)

Southee is true fighter and great bowler..he be deserved to be in test side. He is giving his more than 100% everytime. John wright is doing right things for team New Zealand.

Posted by EnglishCricket on (July 14, 2012, 23:21 GMT)

Two very evenly matched teams.

Posted by BackfootNossyfan on (July 14, 2012, 6:31 GMT)

Good for Southee. He needs to take his opportunities and impress or he'll be back in again. Wagner/Boult/Vettori/Bracewell/Southee - lots of good bowlers. It's been too long since we had depth in bowling.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 11:09 GMT)

As long as Southee remains at number 12, i couldn't think of a better fill in.

Posted by   on (July 13, 2012, 9:23 GMT)

Well if they are looking for someone to be like for like for Gillespie then they have no other choice but to use Wagner as he is definitely a lot faster than anyone else in the current test squad and given that he is a left armer then he should be considered and is a good wicket taking option. I just hope he gets a run and can show us why there was so much hype about him from NZC.

Posted by amclean on (July 13, 2012, 8:51 GMT)

@NanoTechnology - I agree with you but you must remember Kim Littlejohn selects the team by algorithm these days so it's possible he has a standard set of quotes and pushed the wrong button here!

Posted by NanoTechnology on (July 13, 2012, 6:08 GMT)

Like-for-like? Not really. Southee has always been at his best when getting the ball to swing. I wonder if this feeling that he needs to attack with pace and bounce is hurting his cause? Stuart Broad's failed "enforcer" period is a good example. Only a genuine quick can truely use pace and bounce, otherwise a full length, accuracy, and movement will get wickets.

Posted by beejaytee on (July 13, 2012, 4:11 GMT)

Good. Southee has looked good lately, after a disappointing Summer. It's a shame we wont see The Mole in furious action, but Martin / Southee / Bracewell / Boult (or Wagner) / Vettori looks a pretty strong Test attack.

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