New Zealand keep faith with Redmond

Published: Sunday, September 14, 2008, 12:17 [IST]
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Christchurch: New Zealand selectors have kept faith with Otago opening batsman Aaron Redmond despite his averaging just nine runs in three tests against England earlier this year.

With scores of 0, 17, 28, 6, 1 and 2 in the England test series, Redmond could have easily found himself on the scrapheap with the many other first-class players who have been tried at the top of the order in recent years.

Instead, the right-hander will join the Kiwis team for their two tests against Bangladesh in October.

Eventhough Redmond struggled in the tests against England,  he did well in the tour games scoring two hundreds.

This included 146 against England A whose bowling attack boasted the likes of Matthew Hoggard and Chris Tremlett.

The other century came against Northamptonshire.

Those innings demonstrated he has the potential to score runs at the highest level.

However, he could not take that form into the internationals and compiled just 54 runs from six innings.

One suspects Redmond will need to score heavily against Bangladesh if he wants to retain the selectors' faith.

Redmond and Wellington seamer Iain O'Brien are regarded by the selectors as test specialists and have not been included in the one-day side.

The side also features the return of hard-hitting left hand batsman Jesse Ryder.


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