If you have ever rolled your arm over, now is the time to
head down to the nets.
Otago is going to need all the help it can get with up to
four players ruled out of its Plunket Shield match against
Canterbury at the University Oval beginning on Monday.
The Volts will have to get by without strike bowlers Neil
Wagner and James McMillan, all-rounder Sam Wells and probably
spinner Nick Beard.
Wagner is joining the Black Caps in Sri Lanka and will miss
the next two games. McMillan has ligament damage in his ankle
and is unlikely to be available for another two or three
Wells strained his hamstring in Otago's opening twenty/20
match and will be sidelined for four to six weeks.
Beard had a scan on his shoulder yesterday. The results will
not be available until after the weekend, so he is unlikely
to make the squad.
Coach Vaughn Johnson will name his side tomorrow.
McMillan, Beard and Wells all missed the drawn match against
Northern Districts in Hamilton, so only Wagner will have to
Promising left-arm seamer Blair Soper shapes as the likely
replacement, though Johnson would not be drawn on who might
fill in for Wagner.
"We need to have a look at the injuries we've got," Johnson
"But he is an option and I think he is ready to go. It is a
matter of whether he makes the side or not."
Iain Robertson was Otago's 12th man against Northern
Districts and is more of a batsman who bowls a little. But he
must deserve an opportunity, perhaps at the expense of Darren
In 21 first-class games, the former Canterbury representative
has scored 828 runs at an average of 39.42, including two
hundreds and four 50s.
It is a very decent record yet Robertson has only played one
twenty/20 game for Otago since shifting to Dunedin from
Christchurch in December, 2010. His record compares
favourably with Broom's (16 games, 574 runs at 24.95), but
Broom has been preferred by the selectors.
Broom missed selection for the opening round of the Plunket
Shield but replaced the injured Wells for this week's match
against Northern Districts. He failed to impress, with
innings of 2 and 21, and last season scored 47 runs at 11.75
in three games.