Kieswetter dropped for New Zealand tour

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Published: Friday, January 25, 2013, 13:26 [IST]
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Kieswetter dropped for New Zealand tour

London, Jan 25: England selectors on Thursday (January 24) announced a 15-man Test squad for the three-match series against New Zealand beginning in Dunedin on March 6.

Chris Woakes is the only player in the squad who was not part of England's recent Test series against India and is yet to be capped at Test level. Tim Bresnan has been ruled out of the series.

England selectors also named ODI and T20I squads. Wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter has been dropped from ODI squad following his poor form in India.

England's tour of New Zealand starts with two T20Is followed by 3 ODIs and 3 Tests. First T20I starts on February 9.

The five players not taking part in the ODI series (Compton, Onions, Panesar, Pietersen, Prior) will arrive in New Zealand for a training camp led by England Team Director Andy Flower ahead of the four-day game against a New Zealand XI.

England last travelled to New Zealand for a Test series in 2008, winning the three match series 2-1.

Selectors have made one change to the T20 squad to face New Zealand with Chris Woakes replacing Bresnan who will return to the UK after the current tour of India and consult specialists regarding his right elbow. Bresnan's availability for the rest of the winter will be determined following medical advice.

Joe Root, Chris Woakes and James Harris have been called into the ODI squad for the three match series against New Zealand next month. Craig Kieswetter will no longer travel to New Zealand with the one day squad with selectors and Craig agreeing that he will instead benefit from a period with Somerset to prepare for the domestic season.

National Selector, Geoff Miller, said: "This series against New Zealand provides an opportunity for the squad to build on the form they showed against India as we start an important twelve months of Test match cricket.

"With Tim Bresnan currently unavailable while his elbow is assessed there is a good opportunity for Chris Woakes to gain further experience in the international environment."

England Squads

Test: Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Nick Compton, Steven Finn, Graham Onions, Monty Panesar, Kevin Pietersen, Matt Prior, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes

ODI: Alastair Cook (captain), James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Steven Finn, James Harris, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, Joe Root, Graeme Swann, James Tredwell, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes

T20: Stuart Broad (captain), Jonny Bairstow, Danny Briggs, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Stuart Meaker, Eoin Morgan, Samit Patel, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes, Luke Wright.

England Vs New Zealand Schedule


February 9 1st T20 at Eden Park, Auckland

February 12 2nd T20 at Seddon Park, Hamilton

February 15 3rd T20 at Westpac Stadium, Wellington

ODI series

February 17 1st ODI at Seddon Park, Hamilton

February 20 2nd ODI at McLean Park, Napier

February 23 3rd ODI at Eden Park, Auckland

Test Series

March 6-10 1st Test at University Oval, Dunedin

March 14-18 2nd Test at Hawks Basin Reserve, Wellington

March 22-26 3rd Test at Eden Park, Auckland


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