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8th February 2017, 10:23 #1
South Africa tour of New Zealand 2017
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has retained the 14-man Standard Bank Proteas squad that won the Momentum ODI Series against Sri Lanka for the limited overs portion of the upcoming tour of New Zealand that consists of one T20 International match and five One-Day International matches.
They have, however, added Dane Paterson to the squad as cover for Dwaine Pretorius for the T20 International as well as the first ODI. Pretorius will miss these two matches to be at home with his wife who is expecting their first child.
Paterson made his Standard Bank Proteas debut in the KFC T20 International series against Sri Lanka but has yet to be capped in the 50 overs format.
“Dane will travel with the squad when they leave on Saturday and will return to South Africa once Dwaine joins the squad,” commented CSA selection chief, Linda Zondi. “We, as selectors are very happy with the way the squad has jelled over the past 6 months and consistency in selection is very important as we continue our build-up towards the ICC Champions Trophy tournament.
“New Zealand are playing very good cricket at the moment and as always will provide very tough opposition, particularly under their home conditions.”
Mr. Zondi confirmed that Lungi Ngidi had not recovered from his injury to be considered but that David Miller was fully fit to travel.
Standard Bank Proteas ODI squad: AB de Villiers (Multiply Titans, ODI capt), Faf du Plessis (Multiply Titans, T20 capt), Hashim Amla (BuildNat Cape Cobras), Farhaan Behardien (Multiply Titans), Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans), JP Duminy (BuildNat Cape Cobras), Imran Tahir (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), David Miller (VKB Knights), Chris Morris (Multiply Titans), Wayne Parnell (BuildNat Cape Cobras), Dane Paterson (BuildNat Cape Cobras), Andile Phehlukwayo (Hollywoodbets Dolphins), Dwaine Pretorius (bizhub Highveld Lions), Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions), Tabraiz Shamsi (Multiply Titans).
Dates Match Venue 17 February 2017 Only T20I - NZ vs SA Eden Park, Auckland 19 February 2017 1st ODI - NZ vs SA Seddon Park, Hamilton 22 February 2017 2nd ODI - NZ vs SA Hagley Oval, Christchurch 25 February 2017 3rd ODI - NZ vs SA Westpac, Wellington 01 March 2017 4th ODI - NZ vs SA McLean Park, Napier 04 March 2017 5th ODI - NZ vs SA Eden Park, Auckland 08-12 March 2017 1st Test - NZ vs SA University Oval, Dunedin 16-20 March 2017 2nd Test - NZ vs SA Basin Reserve, Wellington 25-29 March 2017 3rd Test - NZ vs SA Seddon Park, Hamilton
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8th February 2017, 15:51 #2
Feel sorry for Ngidi
8th February 2017, 18:25 #3
Excited for this series. NZ coming off a brilliant series against AUS, facing one of the best OD sides, should be a good series.
The test series, I think will be won by SA pretty comfortably, at best it'll be a draw. Don't see NZ winning.
Does cricket survive off of it's money or does it survive for it's money?
8th February 2017, 18:50 #4
Looking forward to the odi series. South Africa will be favourites but in home conditions NZ shouldn't be taken lightly.
The tests I expect South Africa to win
8th February 2017, 20:31 #5
Hoping to see full strength teams. Their last ODI series was very exciting on lively tracks. De Villiers took the game away in the decider with a late blitz after NZ had put a stranglehold for the first 30.
A skilled hawk conceals its talons.
12th February 2017, 04:56 #6
NZC MEDIA RELEASE: BLACKCAPS squads for ANZ Twenty20 and ODI series named
BLACKCAPS squads for ANZ Twenty20 and ODI series named
Two squads of 14 have been named for the BLACKCAPS upcoming ANZ Twenty20 and ANZ ODI series against South Africa.
Luke Ronchi will make his return from injury in the BLACKCAPS one off Twenty20 at Eden Park on 17 February and also features in the ODI squad. Having been brought into the squad for the final ODI against Australia, Ish Sodhi maintains his place in the squad, which has been named for the first two ODI matches in Hamilton and Christchurch.
The New Zealand XI squad to play a warm-up Twenty20 against South Africa on Tuesday has also been named.
Squad for ANZ Twenty20 Series
Kane Williamson (c)
Colin de Grandhomme
Luke Ronchi (Wkt)
BLACKCAPS Selector Gavin Larsen said he’s been happy with the form of the Twenty20 squad.
“The way we performed in the Twenty20 series against Bangladesh was really pleasing and it’s a format we’ve been consistent in over a long period,” said Larsen.
“It’s an exciting team. There’s a lot of experience, but you also have the likes of Tom Bruce, Ben Wheeler and Lockie Ferguson who have made bright starts to their international careers.
“It will be great to have Luke back in the mix. He’s the number one white-ball wicketkeeper in the country and brings considerable experience to the group.”
Squad for ANZ ODI Series
Kane Williamson (c)
Colin de Grandhomme
Colin Munro is the one omission from the recent ODI squad to face Australia, which will see Neesham get the opportunity to bat further up the order.
“Colin hasn’t quite shown the consistency he would like in the middle-order and we feel Jimmy is deserved of an opportunity with the bat at six.
“Having two frontline spinners in the side gives us flexibility and Ish is an aggressive bowler who in the right conditions can be a real threat for us.
“South Africa are the top ranked team and have a number of players who can change the game very quickly. It’s going to be a massive challenge.”
New Zealand XI v South Africa
Martin Guptill will not feature in the match at Eden Park Outer Oval as a precautionary measure, but Adam Milne will make his return to cricket after an extended period on the sideline.
“Adam has put in an incredible amount of work to get back out on the park, so it’ll be a big moment for him on Tuesday.
“We’ve named a really strong side for the match, which should be a tough contest and allow a few of our players the opportunity to get a first look at the South African team.
“There’s a few fresh faces in the squad, with the likes of Glenn Phillips and Mark Chapman coming off superb Super Smash seasons. It’s a great opportunity for them to test themselves against some of the biggest superstars in world cricket.”
South Africa arrive in New Zealand late on Sunday night.
12th February 2017, 04:59 #7
Looking forward for this series, have a feeling SA's unbeaten ODI series record will be broken.
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How is the weather in New Zealand in March? Will any of the tests get washed out?
12th February 2017, 05:42 #9
Going to be a tough series. I hope we manage to draw the tests and win a game or two in the ODIs. T20s are a shootout.
2 possibilities exist: Either we are alone in the Universe or we are not. Both are terrifying.
12th February 2017, 11:11 #10
I'm disappointed for this series and the subsequent one.
I viewed this series as a build up to England, no disrespect to NZ.
I wanted to see a couple of combinations which won't be possible for either series.
One: QdK and AB down the order.
Two: Our pace battery. Abbot, Philander and Rabada bowling as a partnership before the return of Steyn in June. Who would they drop?
Would they play a four man prong attack and drop a spinner.
I guess we'll never know.
All of a sudden this series is a must win and will be tough. England will be thinking too far ahead, and should be an after thought.
12th February 2017, 11:18 #11
The one positive with AB picking and choosing which matches to play it gives SA a chance to blood in youngsters.
AB should retire after the Australian series next year, shouldn't be negotiable either.
CSA doesn't want a situation where Amla, AB, Faf, Steyn all retire at the same time, similar to Australia.
They need to go one at a time in order for the seniors to facilitate the growth of the young guns coming through.
14th February 2017, 03:03 #12
Napier ODI transferred to Hamilton
The fourth ANZ One Day International between the BLACKCAPS and South Africa, scheduled to be played at Napier’s McLean Park on March 1, has been transferred to Hamilton.
An investigation into the circumstances surrounding the recently abandoned ANZ ODI against Australia at McLean Park has highlighted a need for urgent remedial work on the venue’s turf, drainage, and irrigation system.
Consequently, both New Zealand Cricket and the Napier City Council agree it’s in the best interests of McLean Park’s cricketing future to move the upcoming ODI, and avoid what has been described as “an unacceptable risk” of a repeat drainage failure.
The decision means the fourth ANZ ODI against South Africa will now be hosted at Seddon Park, Hamilton, starting at 2pm.
Those patrons who had already purchased tickets to the ODI against South Africa at McLean Park will receive full refunds.
NZC Chief Operating Officer Anthony Crummy said the findings of the investigation left few options open but the one agreed.
“There have been shortcomings identified in McLean Park’s drainage and irrigation system which need to be remedied before we can be confident of avoiding what happened in the Chappell-Hadlee fixture,” he said.
“The investigation concludes that drought conditions in the Hawke’s Bay necessitated significant levels of watering in the days leading up to the match which, combined with a limited drainage infrastructure and rain on match-day, resulted in a worst-case scenario.
“It’s true, several measures could be employed to help mitigate this risk ahead of the South Africa match but, even then, any period of significant or extended rain in the lead-up would likely result in the same outcome.
“NZC, the Central Districts Cricket Association and the NCC agree this risk is unacceptable.”
Mr Crummy noted a complete review of the McLean Park outfield was undertaken following the abandonment of the West Indies ODI in 2013, and as part of preparations for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 - resulting in an upgrade of the drainage in the area in front of the Harris Stand.
The latest review completed by Sports Surface Design and Management (SSDM) revealed deterioration to the drainage that could only be addressed by installing a full replacement system.
“This has been a difficult time for those involved with staging cricket at McLean Park and, not least, the cricket-loving public within the Hawke’s Bay,” said Mr Crummy.
“However, both NZC and the NCC believe the best way to future-proof the region’s ability to host international cricket is to transfer the scheduled fourth ANZ ODI against South Africa.
Planning on remedial work will begin as soon as possible.
“By doing this, we can look forward with confidence to McLean Park hosting next summer’s ODIs between the BLACKCAPS and England, and the BLACKCAPS and Pakistan.”
Mr Crummy commended the NCC on committing to a $900,000 upgrade of McLean Park, with planning to start immediately on installing a complete replacement of the playing surface, drainage and irrigation system, on top of an existing commitment to build drop-in pitches, improve the lighting, and build practice facilities on site.
He said NZC had taken on board criticism of in-venue communications during the abandoned match, and was refining more detailed messaging on the state of play to ensure information was conveyed in a clear, timely and concise manner.
Mayor of Napier, Bill Dalton, said the decision was not an easy one to make and that he’s “bitterly disappointed on behalf of the fans, the players and the Council.
“In essence, we have a fantastic ground in a superb location but the turf is old and has deteriorated dramatically in the face of the recent drought conditions in the Hawke’s Bay.
“There are issues with the organic matter beneath the surface of the ground – issues we didn’t know about and are now urgently dealing with.”
Central Districts chief executive Pete De Wet said he was extremely disappointed for the CD cricket community and, particularly, those in the Hawke’s Bay - but said the decision to transfer the South Africa ODI was the only responsible course of action.
“Make no mistake, this decision hasn’t been arrived at lightly and comes as a real blow for all involved,” he said.
“Having said that, I think we have to feel encouraged by the determination of the NCC to invest in McLean Park and create a top-class international cricket venue.”
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14th February 2017, 16:50 #13
Guptill out for start of ANZ Series | Phillips in line to debut
Opener Martin Guptill has been ruled out of the ANZ Twenty20 and first two ODIs against South Africa due to a hamstring issue.
Guptill had a scan on Tuesday which revealed a right hamstring strain. The injury occurred while training for the upcoming series and is a separate injury to the left hamstring issue he previously suffered.
Glenn Phillips (Auckland Aces) has been called in as Guptill’s replacement for the one off Twenty20 at Eden Park on Friday, while Dean Brownlie (Northern Knights) takes Guptill’s place in the ODI squad for the first two 50-over matches.
BLACKCAPS Selector Gavin Larsen said the 20-year-old Phillips earned his selection on the strength of his domestic form.
“Glenn was outstanding for Auckland at the top of the order in the McDonald's Super Smash and proved an extremely exciting player,” said Larsen.
"He bats with power; has shown he can clear the rope, and gets a deserved opportunity to showcase his skills on the international stage.
“Glenn will play as a specialist batsman only, with Luke still taking the gloves. Playing in his home city, it will certainly be a big occasion for Glenn."
Brownlie played in the BLACKCAPS' most recent ODI, against Australia, and made 63 to help the side to a Chappell-Hadlee series victory.
“Dean was the logical player to come into the squad following his recent performance against Australia.
“We’ve seen the quality he brings and we’re confident of the job he can do for us.”
The Twenty20 on Friday starts at 7pm at Eden Park.
17th February 2017, 05:05 #14
New Zealand won the toss and elected to field
17th February 2017, 05:14 #15
Boult 2 overs 2 for 1
25th February 2017, 07:16 #16
Klaasen earns call up to Proteas Test Squad
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) today named two uncapped players, Heinrich Klaasen and Theunis de Bruyn, in the Standard Bank Proteas Test squad for the three-match series against New Zealand starting next month.
Morne Morkel returns to the squad after missing the recent Test series against Sri Lanka, while there is also place for fellow fast bowler Chris Morris, who was injured for a large part of last year after making his debut against England.
Another quick, Duanne Olivier, who made his first appearance for South Africa against Sri Lanka last month, has been retained. Olivier was the only bowler to take over 50 wickets during the franchise four-day season competition, the Sunfoil Series.
The inclusion of wicketkeeper Klaasen, 25, comes on the back of impressive form for his franchise, the Multiply Titans, in the Sunfoil Series.
The right-hander was seventh on the run-scoring charts with 635 runs at an average of 48.84, including a season-best 195.
“Heinrich Klaasen was one of the top performers throughout the season and he is rewarded for his form by being included in the Test squad,” commented CSA selection convener Linda Zondi.
“With Dane Vilas no longer available for selection, it was an opportunity to reward someone else. This will be an excellent opportunity for Heinrich and we wish him all the best.”
Meanwhile, De Bruyn, 24, also keeps his place after he was also chosen in the squad against Sri Lanka. He was the third highest scorer with 751 runs in the Sunfoil Series and also the captain of the competition winning VKB Knights.
Olivier, Morkel and Morris join Kagiso Rabada, Vernon Philander and Wayne Parnell in the squad, giving South Africa plenty of options in the fast bowling department.
“Morne Morkel has worked hard on his fitness over the past few months and we believe he is now 100 per cent fit and fully able to compete for his place in the team,” Zondi added. “We have six quality fast bowlers in the squad and that shows just how much of depth the country has in this department.”
Keshav Maharaj is the only spinner in the squad.
The players who are currently not involved in the ODI series will depart for New Zealand on Saturday, February 25 to prepare and acclimatize ahead of the first Test starting in Dunedin on March 8.
Standard Bank Proteas Test squad: Faf du Plessis (Capt) (Multiply Titans) Stephen Cook (bizhub Highveld Lions) Dean Elgar (Multiply Titans) Hashim Amla (BuildNat Cape Cobras) JP Duminy (BuildNat Cape Cobras) Temba Bavuma (bizhub Highveld Lions) Quinton de Kock (Multiply Titans) Vernon Philander (BuildNat Cape Cobras) Keshav Maharaj (HollywoodBets Dolphins) Wayne Parnell (BuildNat Cape Cobras) Kagiso Rabada (bizhub Highveld Lions) Duanne Olivier (VKB Knights) Theunis de Bruyn (VKB Knights) Heinrich Klaasen (Multiply Titans) Morne Morkel (Multiply Titans) Chris Morris (Multiply Titans).
26th February 2017, 04:28 #17
Guptill and Patel in for fourth ANZ ODI
BLACKCAPS opening batsman Martin Guptill and off spinner Jeetan Patel have been named in the squad for the fourth ANZ ODI in Hamilton on Wednesday.
Guptill returns after been sidelined with a hamstring strain, while Patel last featured for the side in the ANZ ODI series against Bangladesh earlier in the summer.
Matt Henry drops out of the squad and will play for Canterbury in the Plunket Shield match beginning today at the Basin Reserve.
BLACKCAPS XV for 4th ANZ ODI
Kane Williamson (c)
Colin de Grandhomme
BLACKCAPS Selector Gavin Larsen said it was pleasing to have Guptill back in the squad.
“We’ve been cautious bringing Martin back, but we’re excited to have him available for the remainder of the ODI series,” said Larsen.
“He brings power to our top order and his white ball record speaks for itself.”
Larsen acknowledged the decision to bring in Patel was based on what previous Hamilton pitches had shown.
“We saw in the opening ODI that Seddon Park had something in it for the spinners and we want to be well-covered should it be a similar situation this time around.”
“We already have two spinners in Mitch and Ish within the squad, but Jeetan provides a different set of skills again. He’s experienced and his quality is well known.”
A squad for the fifth ODI will be named following the Hamilton match.
26th February 2017, 05:25 #18
Why was Guptill even out of the ODI side
Don't save her
She don't wanna be saved
26th February 2017, 07:03 #19
With Heinrich Klaasen coming into the test squad, will QdK be given a rest or possibly play as a pure batsman up the order? I'd like to see the latter happen even if it's just one series.
26th February 2017, 07:37 #20
28th February 2017, 09:11 #21
Proteas bowlers aim for repeat performance
The Standard Bank Proteas bowlers will be looking to put in another clinical performance in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) against New Zealand taking place at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Wednesday. The bowlers skittled New Zealand out for their lowest total against South Africa (112) in the third ODI in Wellington with a skilful masterclass of seam bowling.
Proteas fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada, says the current rotation policy with the bowlers has worked in bringing out the best in the inexperienced line-up. The bulk of the wickets have been shared between Rabada (4), Dwaine Pretorius (5), Chris Morris (4), Wayne Parnell (3) and Andile Phehlukwayo (2), a ‘new era’ of pace bowlers who have stepped up in the absence of veterans Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel.
“I think we have been performing really well as a bowling unit for some time,” Rabada said in Hamilton on Tuesday. “We are always confident going into a game but never complacent. We know that the Black Caps can come and get a victory over us tomorrow. They have all of the necessary skill and talent to do it, but we are feeling confident. We are going to get into the game with our minds in the right area, we are looking to put in another clinical performance.
“It’s a really good thing,” he said of the rotation. “We are in a good space with this new crop of players coming in. We have the luxury of a lot all-rounders which gives balance to the team. We have to judge the conditions on the day, some players will rest if the coaching staff feel that they need a rest or if the conditions suit.
“They (selectors) don’t just manage on performance but also give guys rest so that they can come back feeling stronger. With the chopping and changing around it shows that everyone is capable of fulfilling their role.”
A modest Rabada says he doesn’t see himself as the leader of the attack, but rather thrives on the responsibility to execute his skills on the day. He has acknowledged the need to manage his workload ahead of a busy season, and will put his ego aside for the benefit of the team and country.
“I feel fine,” he said. “I feel like I am the main person when it comes to judging how I feel, and truthfully as well. Sometimes you play with niggles and sometimes you feel fresh. Sometimes niggles come and go away, sometimes they stay a bit longer. The longer that I have played the more I have learned to manage myself with the help of the medical team who give me advice, which I take accordingly.”
2nd March 2017, 13:22 #22
WELLINGTON: Martin Guptill will not be included in the New Zealand squad for the upcoming Test series against South Africa despite a brilliant match-winning innings in the ODI against the Proteas on Wednesday.
Guptill, playing for the first time in a month after two hamstring injuries, scored 180 not out in the seven-wicket victory over the tourists in Hamilton to level the five-match series at 2-2.
According to coach Mike Hesson, even the third highest ODI score by a New Zealander was not enough to earn Guptill a Test recall as an opener, but the 30-year-old could soon press a case for inclusion in the middle order.
“The Test team is performing pretty well at the moment,” Hesson told reporters on Thursday. “Martin and I have talked about Test cricket a lot and we certainly gave batting at the top of the order a decent crack. Certainly batting in the middle order is something we are keen to explore and he will do that first with Auckland.”
Record-breaker Guptill brings New Zealand level
Guptill has played 47 Tests, 40 of them in the top order, but has struggled to convert his success in limited overs cricket into the longer format.
While his ODI average is 43.98, and Wednesday’s effort gave him all three of New Zealand’s top scores in the format, his Test average is 29.38.
Guptill’s technique has been exposed in Test matches, where he has been vulnerable to deliveries moving away outside off stump or short-pitched bowling.
Guptill out for three South Africa matches
South Africa have been particularly ruthless at exploiting that weakness, with his average against the Proteas in seven Tests is just 14.38. He averages 27.49 batting in the top order, but in the middle order, where the ball tends to move less, his average is a far healthier 43.37.
Hesson said that while Henry Nicholls had earned the right to hold on to the number five spot that Guptill would be looking to fill, good form in domestic cricket was difficult to ignore.
Guptill out of second ODI
“It’s something that Martin is really keen to have a crack at and certainly something that we are keen for him to explore at first class level first,” he said. “Hopefully get some success in that and then … there might be a [Test] opportunity down the line.”
The final ODI is on Saturday at Eden Park with the first Test starting in Dunedin on March 8.
2nd March 2017, 20:55 #23
Patel named in ANZ Test squad
Jeetan Patel has been recalled to the BLACKCAPS ANZ Test squad to face South Africa beginning 8 March, while Neil Wagner has also been cleared fit to play.
BLACKCAPS selector Gavin Larsen named a squad of 13 for the first of the three match series, which also includes a recall for allrounder Jimmy Neesham.
- Kane Williamson (c)
- Trent Boult
- Colin de Grandhomme
- Tom Latham
- Jimmy Neesham
- Henry Nicholls
- Jeetan Patel
- Jeet Raval
- Mitchell Santner
- Tim Southee
- Ross Taylor
- Neil Wagner
- BJ Watling
Matt Henry and Dean Brownlie drop out of the squad and will play in the Plunket Shield Day-Night match beginning next week.
Larsen said Patel’s variety was the primary reason for his inclusion.
“Jeetan brings the ability to spin the ball away from the left-handers, which complements our other spinner in Mitchell Santner nicely,” said Larsen.
“He brings a huge amount of experience to the team and gives us the balance of having two front-line spin options.”
Larsen said Neesham’s form has also warranted his inclusion, while Wagner had been cleared to take part.
“Jimmy has impressed so far this summer and we’ve seen improvement in his game. He gives us another option and is also very familiar with the conditions at University of Otago Oval.
“Having Neil back and available is fantastic news for us. Neil’s been our leading wicket-taker in recent times and is a key player for us.
"He’s worked extremely hard to get himself ready for the series and we expect him to be fit and ready to go come the first Test."
The BLACKCAPS come into camp in Dunedin on Sunday 5 March.
2nd March 2017, 21:41 #24
Odi series has been entertaining and competitive. Looking forward to the decider
9th March 2017, 20:30 #25
BLACKCAPS opener Martin Guptill will undergo a six week-long strength and conditioning rehabilitation programme before returning to the field.
Guptill suffered hamstring strains to both legs during the 2016-17 summer and following medical consultation, will miss the remainder of the New Zealand domestic season and the beginning of the Indian Premier League.
BLACKCAPS physiotherapist Tommy Simsek said: “At the moment Martin isn’t fit to play and the time we give him now to strengthen his hamstrings will play a big role in mitigating future risk too.
"We’ve put a programme in place to make sure that Martin can return to full strength and we'll continue to monitor him closely."
BLACKCAPS Coach Mike Hesson said: “Having Martin fully fit is critical, as we all know the positive influence he has on our side.
“Martin knows this is an important period to get back to 100 percent so that he can be fully confident when he is on the park.
“The Champions trophy isn’t far away and we obviously want Martin firing on all cylinders for that tournament.”
Guptill will travel to India ahead of the start of the IPL and continue to be monitored by BLACKCAPS physiotherapist Tommy Simsek who will be over there.
11th March 2017, 21:40 #26
12th March 2017, 02:09 #27
Broom in line for debut in ANZ Test series | Henry added to squad
Neil Broom is in line to make his Test debut after being named to replace Ross Taylor in the BLACKCAPS squad for the second ANZ Test against South Africa.
A scan showed Taylor to have suffered a low-grade tear in his left calf-muscle during the first Test in Dunedin. Broom will join the side in Wellington tomorrow, ahead of the start of the match at the Basin Reserve on Thursday.
BLACKCAPS Selector Gavin Larsen said Broom brought a number of qualities to the team.
“With 18 First-Class centuries Neil has shown ability in red ball cricket over a long period of time,” said Larsen.
“While he hasn’t played a Test, Neil still brings a considerable amount of experience and maturity to the side in Ross’s absence.
“Neil’s been a big part of our group over the course of the summer and this is another exciting opportunity for him."
Trent Boult is still being monitored and will travel with the side to Wellington. Larsen said Matt Henry joined the squad as an additional member, as opposed to being cover or a replacement.
"The plan was always to bring in a fourth seam option for Wellington and therefore Matt has been called in.
“Matt has been impressive in the Plunket Shield since he returned and certainly comes into consideration for us.”
An update on Boult will be provided the coming days.
14th March 2017, 22:54 #28
15th March 2017, 08:46 #29
New Zealand's Boult out of second Test against South Africa
New Zealand suffered a further injury blow on the eve of the second Test against South Africa as bowling spearhead Trent Boult was ruled out with a left leg niggle on Wednesday.
He is the second senior player to be sidelined for the Wellington clash after Ross Taylor suffered a calf tear in the drawn first Test in Dunedin.
Although the New Zealand line-up has not been finalised, Boult’s long-time new-ball partner Tim Southee confirmed he was back in the side.
“I’ll come in for Boulty, a straight swap for Trent, who will unfortunately miss this one,” said Southee.
Boult pulled up during South Africa’s second innings in the first Test with soreness at the top of his left leg.
Southee said Boult has not recovered enough “to go again with another heavy workload possible here”, indicating the balance of the side was still being debated despite the green Basin Reserve wicket looking seamer friendly.
This leaves open the prospect of New Zealand again playing two spinners, as they did in Dunedin at the expense of a fast bowler.
Southee said the side would not be finalised until just before the start on Thursday.
“There’s a couple of question marks round a couple of players but I can confirm I come in for Trent and Neil Broom comes in for Rosco [Taylor]. But they’ll finalise the side tomorrow.”
15th March 2017, 08:53 #30
A big blow with Boult out.
SAF firm favourites for the second test.
Dazzling the stage, Ginga Bishonen. Shinpathy!
15th March 2017, 17:11 #31
Tbh I'm happy in a way that Boult is getting some rest, he's been playing every game, all 3 formats since Like November and I think he needs it.
Also gives Henry an opportunity, as long as they play 3 pacers.
Does cricket survive off of it's money or does it survive for it's money?
19th March 2017, 06:45 #32
A thoroughly outplayed New Zealand received a glimmer of hope on Sunday (March 19) that Ross Taylor and Trent Boult could be fit for the third Test after announcing the pair will rejoin the squad.
But Craig McMillan, the batting coach, cautioned there was still no guarantee that either Taylor or Boult would play against South Africa when the third and final Test starts in Hamilton on March 25.
As South Africa wrapped up the second Test inside three days in Wellington on Saturday to lead the series 1-0, it was evident to New Zealand how little depth they had when two of their stars were absent.
Taylor tore a calf and Boult suffered upper leg soreness during the drawn first Test in Dunedin. The prospect of Boult returning looked promising after he comfortably went through a short practice session but Taylor’s fitness was unclear.
“You can’t take players into a Test against South Africa who aren’t fully fit,” said McMillan. “I haven’t spoken to (Taylor) for a couple of days but I’m sure he’s keen. He loves playing there and he’s done well in recent times.”
Taylor has scored four of his 16 centuries in Hamilton, including an unbeaten 102 in his last outing there against Pakistan in November.
Kane Williamson, the New Zealand captain, did not try to hide his frustration at what he called a “very, very poor” effort from his side when they went from being in command at lunch on day two to be soundly beaten five sessions later.
“The frustrating part for us is when you play a side like South Africa, and you do have them under pressure, you have to keep them there,” he said. “That’s the challenge and you have to do it for a long period of time, and if you don’t, they can change the shape of the match quite quickly. We certainly let it slip very quickly and it went bad quickly.”
McMillan described the performance as “unacceptable” but said that did not mean there would be wholesale changes to the line-up.
“We’ve got the best players in New Zealand in the squad,” said McMillan. “They certainly showed in Dunedin that they are good enough to play well and compete. Yesterday they didn’t stand up. Yesterday was a terrible day.
“To lose within three days is unacceptable, and the group is hurting and disappointed.”
What hurt Williamson was to see Keshav Maharaj and JP Duminy, the South African spinners, take 12 of the 20 wickets on a pitch prepared to favour the quicks.
“But on a surface that was far more suited to the seam bowlers, to lose that many wickets to spin is disappointing and something we need to address,” he said. “We do need to play that a hell of a lot better.”
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20th March 2017, 16:16 #33
WELLINGTON: Veteran middle-order batsman Ross Taylor has failed to recover from a calf injury and been ruled out of the third Test against South Africa, though frontline pace bowler Trent Boult is looking likely to play, New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said on Monday.
Boult (upper leg) and Taylor (calf) were injured in the drawn first test in Dunedin and missed the eight-wicket second Test defeat to the Proteas at the Basin Reserve, which ended inside three days on Saturday.
Taylor, Boult boosts for depleted Kiwis
Despite the humiliating defeat, Larsen said the squad would remain unchanged for the final game of the three-match series at Seddon Park in Hamilton, which starts on Saturday.
“We’ve decided to go with the same unit,” Larsen told reporters in Wellington on Monday. “We’ve got 100 percent faith in the fact we think we’ve got the best group of Test cricketers in the country and we’ve got a Test match to win in Hamilton.”
2nd Test: South Africa down New Zealand in three days
The Seddon Park wicket is expected to take turn, with left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner likely to replace either of the all-rounders Jimmy Neesham or Colin de Grandhomme in the side.
New Zealand squad:
Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Neil Broom, Henry Nicholls, Jimmy Neesham, BJ Watling, Mitchell Santner, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Jeetan Patel, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Matt Henry.
23rd March 2017, 05:10 #34Southee ruled out of third ANZ Test
BLACKCAPS fast bowler Tim Southee has been ruled of the third ANZ Test against South Africa due to a hamstring injury.
A scan today showed Southee to have suffered a grade one tear of his left hamstring. The 28-year-old felt discomfort following the second Test in Wellington and as a precautionary measure was sent for a scan. While only a minor tear, he will not be fit for the upcoming match beginning Saturday.
No replacement will be added to the current squad.
23rd March 2017, 05:11 #35De Kock to undergo late fitness test
Standard Bank Proteas wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock, will undergo a late fitness test on Friday to determine his availability for the third Test match against New Zealand starting in Hamilton on Saturday. De Kock injured his right index finger during the second Test in Wellington, with subsequent scans revealing an injury to the tendon.
Proteas team manager, Dr Mohammed Moosajee commented on the injury: “Quinton sustained an injury to his right index finger during the last Test match in Wellington. At the time, we had an x-ray done to exclude a fracture, and thankfully that was clear. However, he still complained of pain and discomfort in the finger so we had a scan done in Hamilton on Wednesday which revealed tendon damage to the last digit of the index finger.
“We will make a late call on his availability for the match on Friday after he undergoes a fitness test with protective strapping to see if he will be able to bat or keep wicket. Either way, he is going to need a protected period of recovery which will take between 4-6 weeks. In the long-term, there is every likelihood of him missing out on the IPL because of the expected recovery time.
“Being a wicket-keeper, every time he catches the ball there is strain on the finger and it makes it difficult to allow for sufficient time to recover,” he added. “If he doesn’t have the 4-6 weeks’ recovery time, further activity could aggravate the injury and it could even jeopardise his participation in the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy and the full tour to England.”
23rd March 2017, 18:16 #36
Boult ruled out of third ANZ Test | Kuggeleijn called in as cover
BLACKCAPS fast bowler Trent Boult has been ruled out of the third ANZ Test against South Africa in Hamilton after failing to recover fully from his groin injury.
Boult felt pain in the groin region during the first ANZ Test in Dunedin, forcing him to miss the following match in Wellington. BLACKCAPS Selector Gavin Larsen said that while Boult has worked hard to make himself available, it was clear he needed further recovery time before getting back on the park.
“Trent did everything possible to get himself ready for this Test and is extremely disappointed to be missing out,” said Larsen.
“While he has made good progress, after training yesterday we spoke with medical staff and it was agreed that Trent required a little further time to be ready for the demands of Test cricket.
“Scott will come in as cover having consistently finished as one of the top wicket-takers in the Plunket Shield in recent seasons.
“Not having Trent or Tim available tests the depth of our squad, but we’re confident of the job that Neil and Matt can do for us.”
Lockie Ferguson was not available after suffering an injury in the current round of Plunket Shield.
23rd March 2017, 18:40 #37
He's in the form of his life, gets injured and comes back completely devoid of anything resembling form. It's like a repeat of the WC, with the complete loss of form pending.
23rd March 2017, 21:08 #38
Good opportunity for SA to make it 2-0. No Boult alone was a bug loss and now that there isn't Southee there either, it shouldn't be that bad for SA, although Henry is a good bowler.
Does cricket survive off of it's money or does it survive for it's money?
24th March 2017, 09:11 #39
he Standard Bank Proteas are motivated to finish a successful season with a win in the third Test match against New Zealand starting at Seddon Park in Hamilton on Saturday. The Proteas have been boosted by the fitness of wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock, who passed a late fitness test on Friday after sustaining an injury to his right index finger.
Proteas captain, Faf du Plessis, says victory will be another tick on a growing list of achievements this season, with series wins against New Zealand at home, Australia away and Sri Lanka at home in the bag. The Proteas have the T20 International and One-Day series trophies in the cabinet for this tour, and have set their aim on the treble against the hosts.
“We’ve had a good series against them,” Du Plessis said in Hamilton on Friday. “The one-day series was a huge win for us, especially because of the track record they had in the format. For the Tests, it’s important that we come here and win the series.
“We started at seventh,” he said of the team’s rise up the ICC Test rankings. “That is why tomorrow is so important to me. Our goal was to get back to No. 2, No. 1 was going to be steep with India there. If we do that in this Test match it will round off an incredible year. We have ticked every box; we have won every series that we have played and this is another goal on our list.”
Du Plessis emphasised the importance of respecting the opposition, despite the big loss of pace spearheads, Trent Boult and Tim Southee. Complacency and having ‘one foot on the plane’ are red flags the captain is aware of, especially at the end of a long summer of cricket.
“It’s a huge blow,” he said. “I always make reference to our team, if we lose guys like them in our team it would be a huge loss. They are seamers who have the experience and the numbers behind them, you can’t just replace that in Test cricket. The two of them will leave a massive hole.
“Whoever comes in is someone who can do the job on the day and it will be important for us to play to our best. If we do that hopefully it will be easier but that is never a guarantee.”
Yesterday, 09:48 #40
CSA CONGRATULATES PROTEAS ON NZ TOUR SUCCESS
CRICKET SOUTH AFRICA (CSA) has congratulated the Standard Bank Proteas on their clean sweep tour of New Zealand during which they won the one-off T20 International match followed by a 3-2 victory in the ODI Series and a 1-0 victory in the Test match series.
“Albeit a rain affected last day that completed our Test Series victory, the Proteas deserve to be fully praised and congratulated for another magnificent achievement on the road and an outstanding summer of top-class performances,” commented CSA Chief Executive, Haroon Lorgat.
“The Black Caps are not easy to beat under their home conditions. You only have to look back at how well they performed in the 2015 edition of the ICC World Cup when they reached the final. We are the only team to have beaten them in a series in any format on their home soil this past season.
“Congratulations are due to head coach Russell Domingo, our two captains, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers, and all the players and management staff for this excellent record of performances both against New Zealand and in the earlier series during a successful summer. If you look back at the clean sweep home ODI Series against Australia, the away Test Series triumph against the same opponents and the home series against Sri Lanka, our team has been playing excellently over an extended period of time. Their achievement in jumping from No. 7 to No. 2 in the ICC Test rankings is quite remarkable.
“Good luck to the team as they look forward to their next assignment in England where we will be looking to regain the Basil d’Oliveira Trophy for the Test series and compete in the ICC Champions Trophy tournament.
“We can certainly face the future with a sense of confidence and optimism,” concluded Mr. Lorgat.
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Yesterday, 11:25 #41
S.A have won series in Australia and Kiwi land in last 2 series played. They do seem to enjoy playing away from home.. can they complete a treble by beating England in england again in the summer?
Yesterday, 11:56 #42