Southee discarded for Hamilton Test

Updated: Mar 12, 2012, 09:29 AM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Hamilton: Pace bowler Tim Southee was dropped from the New Zealand Test side for the 2nd Test at Hamilton against South Africa, scheduled to be started from Tuesday.

Southee failed to take a single wicket despite giving away 140 runs in the first Test at Dunedin. He would now play the Plunket Shield to work on his technique and form.

New Zealand, however, have added paceman Mark Gillespie and Brent Arnel to the side for the second Test.

"Tim Southee hasn`t been included He`s a talented young fast bowler and we are confident he will return to the Plunket Shield and continue to put pressure on those in the Test team," Kim Littlejohn, New Zealand national selection manager was quoted as saying by Cricinfo.

"Mark Gillespie returns to international cricket after showing good form recently and provides and a strong and reliable bowling option," he added.

He said Nethula, who is yet to make his Test debut, was bowling well and "offers a point of difference to the attack".

Opening batsman Rob Nicol retained his place despite disappointing returns of six and 19 on debut in the opening Test, which ended in a draw after the final day's play was washed out yesterday.

The draw cost South Africa the opportunity to overtake England as the number one team in the ICC world Test rankings. The Proteas needed a clean sweep in the three-Test series to achieve the goal.

New Zealand Squad: Ross Taylor (capt), Brent Arnel, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Andrew Ellis, Mark Gillespie, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Tarun Nethula, Rob Nicol, Kruger Van Wyk (wk), Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson