New Zealand announce squad for one-off Test against Zimbabwe

BJ Watling had a poor series in Australia with the bat Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Wellington: Jan 16, 2012

South Africa-born Kruger van Wyk and Bradley-John Watling will be competing for the New Zealand wicketkeeper role, after Reece Young was on Monday dropped from the Test squad, for their one-off Test against Zimbabwe next month.

Watling is expected to keep wicket in the warm-up match between New Zealand XI and Zimbabwe, whereas va Wyk is expected to play in the game as an opener.

Young s poor run with the bat in Australia led to his omission from the squad.

“There’s a lot of competition for the wicketkeeping spot in the country at the moment. It’s tough on Reece, his keeping has been good and he knows that if he goes back to domestic cricket and scores runs he will remain in the frame,” New Zealand coach John Wright said.

“BJ will get a chance to prove himself with the gloves in the three-day game and Kruger will open the batting. A decision on who will take the gloves in the Test will be made closer to the start of the match,” Wright was quoted as saying by the Times of India.

Pacer Doug Bracewell, who led New Zealand to a historic win in Australia last month, will form the pace attack along with Chris Martin, Tim Southee and young left-armer Trent Boult.

New Zealand squad for one-off Test:

Ross Taylor (c), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Kruger van Wyk, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.

New Zealand XI:

Ross Taylor (c), Brent Arnel, Michael Bracewell, Chris Martin, Andy McKay,Tarun Nethula, Kruger van Wyk, Daniel Vettori, Neil Wagner, Sam Wells, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson