Franklin, Patel get national recall for Zimbabwe tour

James Franklin (in the picture) and Jeetan Patel were both cut from the nationally contracted list of 20 in July, but have been handed selection reprieves by coach John Wright Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Auckland: Sep 27, 2011

New Zealand off-spinner Jeetan Patel and all-rounder James Franklin have been recalled into the national team for next month’s tour to Zimbabwe.

Patel and Franklin were both omitted from the contracted list 20 players in July but both the players have made a comeback with the backing of coach John Wright.

Patel will feature in the Test squad, while the lanky fast bowler, Franklin has been included in the Twenty20 and ODI squad.

“He [Patel] has been here [training camp at Lincoln] for the last week and we’ve been encouraged by what we’ve seen. He’s played some county cricket with Warwickshire in which he performed with credit,” quoted Wright, as saying.

Patel played his last Test in India last November.

ODI and T20 squad: Ross Taylor (c), Graeme Aldridge, Doug Bracewell, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum (wk), Nathan McCullum, Andy McKay, Kyle Mills, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock.

Test squad: Ross Taylor (c), Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Martin Guptill, Jesse Ryder, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum (wk), Andy McKay, Kyle Mills, Jeetan Patel, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson, BJ Watling, Reece Young.