NZ names squad for 2nd Test, drops Arnel

Updated: 23 March 2009 09:41 IST

New Zealand selectors retained almost the same side for the 2nd Test against India which suffered a humiliating 10-wicket mauling in the first Test.

NZ names squad for 2nd Test, drops Arnel

Auckland:

New Zealand selectors on Monday retained almost the same side for the second Test against India which suffered a humiliating 10-wicket mauling in the first Test in Hamilton.

Brent Arnel is the only one to be omitted from the squad as the fast bowler, who was released to play in the domestic competition, has been laid low by a side strain. The second Test will begin in Napier on March 26.

Iain O'Brien and Daniel Flynn, who picked up minor injuries in the Hamilton Test, would be monitored over the next two or three days.

"But there were currently no plans to bring in additional players as cover," said selection committee chairman Glenn Turner.

Turner said Jacob Oram's progress was being followed closely but he was not yet at full match fitness.

"He is only had a couple of days in the domestic competition. After talking with him we agree he would benefit from more game time to get up to the fitness level needed for the Test side," Turner said.

The Squad: Daniel Vettori (captain), Daniel Flynn, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Tim McIntosh, Brendon McCullum,Chris Martin, Kyle Mills, Iain O'Brien, Jeetan Patel, Jesse Ryder, Ross Taylor.

Topics : Cricket India New Zealand
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