NZ retain squad for second Zimbabwe Test

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:53 IST

New Zealand named the same team, which thrashed Zimbabwe by an innings and 294 runs in the first Test for Monday's second and final Test.

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New Zealand named the same team, which thrashed Zimbabwe by an innings and 294 runs in the first Test for Monday's second and final Test at the Queens Sports Club. Andy Blignaut, who missed the first Test because of flu, was named in a 14-man Zimbabwe squad. Left-arm spinner Keith Dabengwa, who is also useful with the bat, seemed likely to earn his first cap as a replacement for legspinner Graeme Cremer. "We have to rid ourselves of any possibility of dangerous complacency after defeating Zimbabwe by such a margin,'' New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming said. "The team is not being changed because we need to build on the excellence and consistency achieved here so far.'' Zimbabwe coach Phil Simmons, who was under fire in the wake of the huge first Test defeat, said his players had "ignored the garbage.'' "We all had a huge chat about what happened, what to do about it and then went into long practice sessions,'' Simmons added. Teams: Zimbabwe (from): Neil Ferreira, Brendan Taylor, Dion Ebrahim, Hamilton Masakadza, Craig Wishart, Stuart Carlisle, Tatenda Taibu (captain), Heath Streak, Andy Blignaut, Keith Dabengwa, Chris Mpofu, Anthony Ireland, Graeme Cremer, Blessing Mahwire. New Zealand: Stephen Fleming (captain), Lou Vincent, James Marshall, Hamish Marshall, Nathan Astle, Scott Styris, James Franklin, Daniel Vettori, Brendon McCullum, Shane Bond, Chris Martin. (AP)

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