Young Left Out Of New Zealand Test Squad

Young Left Out Of New Zealand Test Squad
Young Left Out Of New Zealand Test Squad
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New Zealand have named uncapped wicket-keeper Kruger van Wyk in their 12-man Test squad to take on Zimbabwe from 26th January in Napier.

Van Wyk is offered an opportunity as Reece Young misses out while Jesse Ryder is absent as he continues his recovery from injury.

Both van Wyk and BJ Watling - who is also in contention to keep wicket against Zimbabwe - will play for a New Zealand XI against the touring side, after which a decision will be made on who takes the gloves.

"The team for the warm-up match is mix of experienced Test players and bright prospects," National Selection Manager Kim Littlejohn said.

"The match will give some of our key players some valuable preparation ahead of the Test match in Napier as well as provide an opportunity for promising players to show what they can do at a different level.

"For the Test we have kept the core of the team which beat Australia in Hobart with Jesse Ryder not considered as he works to get back to full fitness and have left out Reece Young as we look to give someone else an opportunity.

"Although we have only named 12 for the Test we will look to add another player before the match."

Head coach John Wright added: "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.

"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."

The three-day game begins on 21st January.

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

New Zealand Test squad: Ross Taylor (captain), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori, Kruger van Wyk, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson

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