Thursday 13 February 2014 

Latham & Neesham To Debut For New Zealand

Tom Latham, BJ Watling
Tom Latham (left) will make his Test debut in Wellington as New Zealand look to protect their 1-0 series lead
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Tom Latham and Jimmy Neesham will both make their Test debuts in the second and final Test between New Zealand and India in Wellington.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) have confirmed that the pair will replace Ross Taylor and Ish Sodhi respectively.

The home side are 1-0 up following a 40-run win in the opening Test in Auckland.

Latham comes in for Taylor, whose partner is scheduled to give birth during the Test match while Neesham replaces Sodhi with the Wellington pitch expected to offer little assistance to slow bowlers.

"Tom's earned the right to be the next batsman with his performances in domestic cricket," captain Brendon McCullum confirmed.

"While it's a big loss to lose a guy like Ross in the form he's in, we're confident Tom will do a good job for us.

"With this wicket, the best method of attack against this Indian side is another seamer, so Jimmy Neesham comes in for Ish Sodhi," he confirmed.

New Zealand team: Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Tom Latham, Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, BJ Watling (wicket-keeper), Jimmy Neesham, Tim Southee, NEil Wagner, Trent Boult

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Fixtures & Results

19th January: 1st ODI, McLean Park, Napier
NZL 292-7 beat IND 268 by 24 runs
22nd January: 2nd ODI, Seddon Park, Hamilton
NZL 271-7 beat IND 277-9 by 15 runs (D/L)
28th January: 4th ODI, Seddon Park, Hamilton
NZL 280-3 beat IND 278-5 by 7 wickets
6th-10th February: 1st Test, Eden Park, Auckland
NZL 503 & 105 beat IND 202 & 366 by 40 runs
14th-18th February: 2nd Test, The Basin Reserve, Wellington
NZL 192 & 680-8d. drew with IND 438 & 166-3