Kiwis dump 'Matts' for England tour

Published: Saturday, April 5, 2008, 10:51 [IST]
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Wellington: New Zealand have dumped Matts duo Matthew Bell and Mathew Sinclair and named uncapped opening batsman Aaron Redmond in a revamped batting line up for their tour of England starting this month.

The Test and one-day squads also include the recall of James Marshall after three years in the wilderness while Peter Fulton, who has struggled with form and injuries in recent months, is also back in the frame.

Selection panel manager Richard Hadlee said they had taken a long-term view with the squads.

"These squads signal the future for the Black Caps and there are a number of exciting selections," he said.

The rejection of Bell and Sinclair was not surprising after they struggled through the recent home series against England where New Zealand lost the Tests 1-2 after earlier winning the one-dayers 3-1.

Although opener Bell scored 69 in New Zealand's fruitless second innings run chase in the final Test it was not enough to eradicate memories of three previous ducks and a series average of only 19.50.

Aaron Redmond, who averages 31.66 in domestic first-class cricket, becomes New Zealand's latest opener.

"We hope he can provide a long-term solution to the top order, which we recognise as still being a key issue," Hadlee said.

Daniel Flynn is the new middle order option in place of Sinclair who averaged just 11.83 against England.

It is the first time Flynn has been named in a New Zealand Test squad but he was briefly included in the recent Twenty20 and ODI series.

Explosive left-hander Ryder starred in the ODI series against England but was then ruled out of the Tests after injuring his hand when he smashed a window during a drunken incident.

He has been selected for the limited overs segment of the tour subject to a medical clearance.

If he is not fit then Fulton will take his place in the ODI squad.

In New Zealand's bowling line up Mark Gillespie and Michael Mason are both included in the five-match one-day squad with one to be added to the Test line up.

Allrounder Grant Elliott, who made his debut in the third Test loss to England, will cover for New Zealand's Indian Premier League contingent at the start of the tour.

Captain Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Jacob Oram, Ross Taylor and Kyle Mills have been given permission to join the England tour on May 1 to enable them to cash in on their lucrative Twenty20 deals in India.

They arrive a fortnight before the three Test series starts at Lord's on May 15.


Test: Daniel Vettori (capt), Brendon McCullum (vice-capt, wk), Daniel Flynn, Peter Fulton, Gareth Hopkins, Jamie How, James Marshall, Chris Martin, Kyle Mills, Iain O'Brien, Jacob Oram, Jeetan Patel, Aaron Redmond, Tim Southee and Ross Taylor. Stand-bys: Mark Gillespie and Michael Mason.

ODIs: Daniel Vettori (capt), Brendon McCullum (vice-capt, wk), Daniel Flynn, Mark Gillespie, Gareth Hopkins, Jamie How, Jacob Oram, Michael Mason, James Marshall, Kyle Mills, Jeetan Patel, Jeese Ryder, Scott Styris, Tim Southee and Ross Taylor.


Warm-ups: April 27 v Marylebone Cricket Club at Arundel; April 28-30 v Kent at Canterbury; May 2-5 v Essex at Chelmsford; May 8-11 v England Lions at Southampton; May 30-June 1 v Northamptonshire at Northampton; June 11 v Worcestershire at Worcester.

Tests: May 15-19 v England, 1st Test, at Lord's, London; May 23-25 v England, 2nd Test, at Old Trafford, Manchester; June 5-9 v England, 3rd Test, at Trent Bridge, Nottingham

T20 international: June 13 v England, Twenty20, at Old Trafford, Manchester

ODIs: June 15 v England, 1st ODI, at Chester-le-Street; June 18 v England, 2nd ODI, at Edgbaston, Birmingham; une 21 v England, 3rd ODI, at Bristol; June 25 v England, 4th ODI, at The Oval, London; June 28 v England, 5th ODI, at Lord's, London

Tri-series with Eire and Scots: July 1 v Ireland at Aberdeen; July 3 v Scotland at Aberdeen.


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