Young Otago all-rounder Jimmy Neesham is one of the
surprise inclusions in the Black Caps' Twenty/20 squad named
today for the upcoming tour of South Africa.
The team naming has been overshadowed by the captaincy drama,
and the appointment today of Brendon McCullum as skipper in
all three formats of the game.
Neesham (22) is one of four Otago players in the T/20 squad,
the others being both McCullum brothers, Brendon and Nathan,
and Volts captain Derek de Boorder.
Only two Volts players have made the test squad - Brendon
McCullum and seam bowler Neil Wagner.
Speaking of the T/20 selections, National Selection Manager
Kim Littlejohn said he believed the squad ''had a good blend
of experience and young talented players who we are sure are
ready for the challenges ahead''.
"Corey Anderson, Jimmy Neesham, Colin Munro, Derek de Boorder
and Mitchell McClenaghan are in good form and have shown
considerable promise. They deserve their chance to impress at
a higher level.''
The test squad features the return of BJ Watling to the
wicketkeeper role, and a call-up for Auckland spinner Bruce
NZ squads to tour South Africa
T/20: Brendon McCullum (c, Otago Volts), Corey
Anderson (Northern Knights), Trent Boult (Northern Knights),
Doug Bracewell (Central Stags), Derek de Boorder (Otago
Volts), James Franklin (Wellington Firebirds), Peter
Fulton (Canterbury Wizards), Martin Guptill (Auckland Aces),
Ronnie Hira (Canterbury Wizards), Nathan McCullum (Otago
Volts), Mitchell McClenaghan (Auckland Aces), Adam Milne
(Central Stags), Colin Munro (Auckland Aces), Jimmy
Neesham (Otago Volts), Rob Nicol (Canterbury Wizards).
Test: Brendon McCullum (c), Trent Boult, Doug
Bracewell, Dean Brownlie (Canterbury Wizards), Daniel Flynn
(Northern Knights), James Franklin, Peter Fulton, Martin
Guptill, Chris Martin (Auckland Aces), Bruce Martin (Auckland
Aces), Jeetan Patel (Wellington Firebirds), Kane Williamson
(Northern Knights), Tim Southee (Northern Knights), Neil
Wagner, (Otago Volts), BJ Watling (Northern Knights).