Ross Taylor has been named in the New Zealand XI squad to
play England in two T/20 warm-up matches.
Ross Taylor has been named in the New Zealand XI cricket
squad to face England in two Twenty20 warmup games in Whangarei
next month as he works his way back into the test side
following his highly-publicised dumping as skipper.
Another notable feature of the squad is the inclusion of six
The two teams will meet in two matches on February 4 and
February 6 at Cobham Oval ahead of the three-match ANZ
Twenty20 series between England and New Zealand.
Taylor hasn't played any cricket since leading the Black Caps
to a test victory against Sri Lanka in November. He decided
to take a break from the game when Brendon McCullum was named
as his replacement as captain across all forms for New
He returns to action for Central Districts in the Plunket
Shield against Canterbury at Napier's McLean Park starting
tomorrow after earlier this month making himself available
for selection to play England.
"All the best to the @BLACKCAPS for the second test,'' he
tweeted earlier this month.
"Looking forward to working my way back for the home series
Taylor won't captain the New Zealand XI, however. Canterbury
all-rounder Andrew Ellis has been named as skipper.
Former Australian wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi has also been
named in the side. Ronchi, who played four ODIs and three
T20s for Australia in 2008, became eligible to play for the
country of his birth earlier this month.
Jesse Ryder, who topped the run-scoring charts in the HRV
Cup, is missing as he takes an indefinite break from
international cricket but there are six players from the
Otago team who recently won the HRV Cup.
"Obviously it's great to have Ross back in the mix and really
we're excited about seeing him play again,'' national
selection manager Kim Littlejohn said.
''He's a proven world-class batsman and this will provide him
with a great chance to get some cricket under his belt
following his break.
"It's a very strong New Zealand XI and we expect them to be
competitive opponents. Nearly all of the team have previous
experience on the international stage, while the likes of
Nick Beard, Matt Henry, Anton Devcich and Hamish Rutherford
get their first chance after showing considerable promise on
the domestic scene.
"We're pleased to have Luke Ronchi available as well and,
after a great HRV Cup, we look forward to watching him
continue to make an impact.
"We're confident all of the players in the squad will relish
the chance to play against England, with the matches a great
opportunity for them to push for higher honours.''
New Zealand XI squad to play England in two warm-up Twenty20
matches at Cobham Oval, Whangarei, on February 4 and February
6: Andrew Ellis (C _ Canterbury), Anton Devcich (Northern
Districts), Colin Munro (Auckland), Hamish Rutherford
(Otago), Ian Butler (Otago), Jimmy Neesham (Otago), Luke
Ronchi (Wellington), Matthew Henry (Canterbury), Michael
Bates (Auckland), Neil Broom (Otago), Neil Wagner (Otago
Volts), Nick Beard (Otago), Ross Taylor (Central Districts),
Tom Latham (Canterbury).