Agree with Bracewell being a bit rubbish lately. Also averages about 10 with the bat from memory - which is worse than a lot of no. 11s. Don't think it merits being dropped yet though, unless someone is smashing the door down.
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Cricket: Taylor named to face England - Sport - NZ Herald NewsCricket: Taylor named to face England
Former Black Caps skipper Ross Taylor has been named in the New Zealand XI squad to face England in two Twenty20 warmup games in Whangarei next month.
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 the Black Caps.
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 Zealand.
He returns to action for Central Districts in the Plunket Shield against Canterbury at Napier's McLean Park starting tomorrow.
Former Australian wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi has also been named in the side. Ronchi, who played four ODIs and three T20s for Australia, became eligible to play for the country of his birth earlier this month.
"Obviously it's great to have Ross back in the mix and really we're excited about seeing him play again. 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," National Selection Manager Kim Littlejohn said.
"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."
NZ XI squad:
Andrew Ellis (C): Canterbury Wizards
Anton Devcich: Northern Knights
Colin Munro: Auckland Aces
Hamish Rutherford: Otago Volts
Ian Butler: Otago Volts
Jimmy Neesham: Otago Volts
Luke Ronchi: Wellington Firebirds
Matthew Henry: Canterbury Wizards
Michael Bates: Auckland Aces
Neil Broom: Otago Volts
Neil Wagner: Otago Volts
Nick Beard: Otago Volts
Ross Taylor: Central Stags
Tom Latham: Canterbury Wizards
Otago dominates, nice.
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New Zealand XI
Looks a decent side.
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Not too bad, seem bowling is a bit weak. Henry is bairly back for Canterbury yet, shows they like his talent which is good. But shouldnt play really. No Woodcock... Yusss
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