England drop Harmison and Hoggard for second Test

Published: Wednesday, March 12, 2008, 11:39 [IST]
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England have dropped under-performing pace bowlers Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard in their quest to square the series in the second cricket Test against New Zealand starting here Thursday.

Their places in the team named Wednesday have been taken by James Anderson, who last week played for Auckland in a domestic New Zealand first class match, and Stuart Broad, who made his Test debut in Sri Lanka last year.

One of the heroes of the 2005 Ashes victory over Australia, 57-Test veteran Harmison has struggled in recent seasons and could manage only 1-127 in 27 overs in the first Test.

Hoggard also failed to make a significant impression, taking 1-151 from 29 overs as England crashed to a 189-run defeat in Hamilton.

New Zealand, who take an unchanged squad into the Test, name their final team on Thursday, shortly before play begins.

England: Michael Vaughan (captain), Alastair Cook, Andrew Strauss, Kevin Pietersen, Ian Bell, Paul Collingwood, Tim Ambrose, Stuart Broad, Ryan Sidebottom, James Anderson, Monty Panesar.

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