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Hamish Rutherford poised for NZ test reprieve | Stuff.co.nz
Coach Mike Hesson will name his 15-man test squad today, which is expected to be low on talking points after their 2-1 series victory in the West Indies in June.
Opening positions continue to be the head-scratchers, and while Hesson's extended loyalty to Peter Fulton ran out in the Caribbean, he appears reluctant to jettison Rutherford despite the ongoing test struggles which saw him drop off the 20-strong contract list.
The 25-year-old has a solitary half century from 24 test innings since his 171 on debut against England, and scraped 39 runs from four innings in the West Indies after falling ill in Trinidad.
The free-flowing lefthander impressed in 50-over matches on the recent New Zealand A tour of England, averaging 49.42 from seven innings including a knock of 95 against England Lions. Encouraging reports from batting coach Craig McMillan on tour may have helped his cause, along with a lack of strong contenders.