November 23, 2017

Three new caps in NZ team to play Pakistan

Vettori and Greatbatch work on their synchronised teapot routine.

Black Caps skipper Daniel Vettori will miss New Zealand’s three Twenty20 cricket internationals against Pakistan to try and overcome a back injury.

Newswarped thinks the pain might be more in his head from doing most jobs in the black caps team all at once over the last year. He probably needs some time to adjust to having someone actually in charge.

There are three new caps in the 14 man squad announced today. Australian-born Canterbury batsman Dean Brownlie, 18-year-old Central Districts fast bowler Adam Milne and veteran Wellington all-rounder Luke Woodcock. Ross Taylor is to captain the side.

Convenor of selectors Mark Greatbatch, who on Monday was dumped from whatever job it was he actually had, said the decision to include three new caps in the squad for the series came on the strength of their domestic form.

“Dean Brownlie and Luke Woodcock have both enjoyed very good domestic form over the last couple of seasons and richly deserve their opportunity,” Greatbatch said. Unlike me who did not enjoy good form and got dumped.

Wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum, like Vettori, has been struggling with a back complaint and will undergo a fitness test later this week to determine whether he will play in Auckland on Sunday.

Obviously ‘back complaint’ is the new code phrase for tired and angry with management.

Canterbury’s Reece Young has been given the gloves for the two-test series that will follow the T20s.

The selectors also announced their 13-man test squad this afternoon and, as expected, Gareth Hopkins has been dumped.

New Zealand 14-man Twenty20 squad for series against Pakistan starting Boxing Day

Dean Brownlie – Canterbury Wizards
Ian Butler – Otago Volts
James Franklin – Wellington Firebirds
Martin Guptill – Auckland Aces
Brendon McCullum – Otago Volts
Nathan McCullum – Otago Volts
Peter McGlashan – Northern Knights
Kyle Mills – Auckland Aces
Adam Milne – Central Stags
Jesse Ryder – Wellington Firebirds
Tim Southee – Northern Knights
Scott Styris – Northern Knights
Ross Taylor (c) – Central Stags
Luke Woodcock – Wellington Firebirds

13-man Test squad to play Pakistan from January 7
Brent Arnel – Northern Knights
James Franklin – Wellington Firebirds
Martin Guptill – Auckland Aces
Chris Martin – Auckland Aces
Brendon McCullum – Otago Volts
Andy McKay – Wellington Firebirds
Tim McIntosh – Auckland Aces
Jesse Ryder – Wellington Firebirds
Tim Southee – Northern Knights
Ross Taylor – Central Stags
Daniel Vettori – Northern Knights
Kane Williamson – Northern Knights
Reece Young – Canterbury Wizards