Latham, Neesham Added To New Zealand Test Squad
Batsman Tom Latham and all-rounder Jimmy Neesham have been added to New Zealand's squad ahead of the second and final Test against India in Wellington.
Latham comes in as cover for Ross Taylor, whose partner is expected to give birth either before or during the second Test, which begins on Friday (14th February).
If the baby has not arrived before the Test begins, Latham will replace Taylor in the line-up.
"Tom’s an incredibly exciting prospect and is constantly pushing for selection. If called upon, we’re confident that he’ll take the opportunity with both hands," New Zealand Cricket's Bruce Edgar said.
All-rounder Neesham replaces fast bowler Doug Bracewell in the squad. Neither Bracewell nor Jesse Ryder were considered for selection following a late-night drinking session that resulted in misconduct charges and fines for the pair.
"We see Jimmy as a genuine all-rounder who can play a number of roles for us. His form with both bat and ball in the Plunket Shield this season speaks for itself," Edgar added.
"We’ve been able to keep a settled side recently and strung together some successful results along the way. We hope to keep that going, but are well aware India will come back at us hard."
The squad is otherwise unchanged from the one that beat India by 40 runs in Auckland to go 1-0 up in the series.
New Zealand Test squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Peter Fulton, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Hamish Rutherford, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson
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