By BV Swagath
New Zealand Cricket today announced a 15-man squad for their upcoming tour of India. The squad named today is for the two Tests that the Kiwis will be playing at Hyderabad and Bangalore this month end. As expected former Daniel Vettori hasn’t been named in the squad following a groin injury that was sustained during the West Indies tour.
The Kiwis made two changes to their squad that lost 0-2 in the Test Series against West Indies. Batsman Dean Brownlie and Daniel Vettori have made way for all-rounder James Franklin and off-spinner Jeetan Patel. The Black Caps have two specialist spinners for the India trip in Jeetan Patel and the inexperienced Tarun Nethulla.
Talking about the Squad, National Selection Manager, Kim Littlejohn as per the NZ Cricket Official Website has been quoted as: “Unfortunately Daniel Vettori won’t recover in time for the Test series but his injury has created and opportunity for Jeetan Patel to come back into the side. Jeetan has been in great from for Warwickshire and deserves his opportunity.
“James Franklin has been brought into the squad to bolster the batting. He brings a lot of experience and knowledge of playing in Indian conditions which will be invaluable.
“Dean Brownlie misses out on selection. We continue to see him as player of the future but at this stage we feel he needs to works on parts of his game. There’s no doubt he will work hard to regain selection.”
New Zealand Squad for 2-Test Series against India: Martin Guptill, Daniel Flynn, Brendon McCullum, Ross Taylor (Captain), Kane Williamson, BJ Watling, James Franklin, Kruger van Wyk, Doug Bracewell, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Tarun Nethula, Jeetan Patel and Chris Martin