McMillan vows to win back NZ test place

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:09 IST

Craig McMillan has vowed to win back his Test berth after being cut from the New Zealand cricket team that will play in Bangladesh next month.

McMillan vows to win back NZ test place

Wellington: Flamboyant middle-order batsman Craig McMillan has vowed to win back his Test berth after being cut from the New Zealand cricket team that will play in Bangladesh next month. McMillan was left out of the 14-man New Zealand squad named today which will play two Tests against Bangladesh. He was replaced by Hamish Marshall, who was previously regarded as a one-day specialist. Marshall has played only one previous Test, scoring 40 not out against South Africa in 2000, but may now be groomed for Test play while McMillan could be steered toward a one-day career. "There are times when you get dropped because of poor form, but I've been relatively happy with my form in the last 12 to 18 months in both forms of the game, so it was a surprise to miss out," McMillan said. "But these things happen. I will just have to try and force the selectors to change their minds." Injury problems McMillan has averaged 40 in 52 Test matches. "We've wanted to make some changes to our middle order and Hamish has shown enough in one-dayers for us to have a look at him in the test arena," coach John Bracewell said. Fast bowler Daryl Tuffey has also been omitted from the New Zealand squad because of an ongoing battle with injury. Bracewell said New Zealand would not take its matches against Bangladesh lightly. "The indications are they are quite strong at home. We are not taking any complacency into the Tests. We are taking the strongest possible squad," he said. Team New Zealand: Stephen Fleming (captain), Nathan Astle, Ian Butler, James Franklin, Hamish Marshall, Chris Martin, Brendan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Michael Papps, Mark Richardson, Scott Styris, Daniel Vettori and Paul Wiseman. Itinerary Itinerary: Oct 14-16, warmup match, Dhaka; Oct 19-23, first Test, Dhaka; Oct 26-30, second Test, Chittagong; Nov 2 first one-day international, Chittagong; Nov 5, second one-dayer, Dhaka (day-night); Nov 7, third one-dayer, Dhaka (day-night). (AP)
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