Tim Southee added to test squad for Windies
Fri, 13 Jul 2012 10:17a.m.
Seamer Tim Southee will replace injured paceman Mark Gillespie in the New Zealand squad for their two cricket Tests against the West Indies.
Southee, who was dropped after the first Test against South Africa in March, was recalled after impressing in the one-day series against the West Indies.
"He's a like-for-like replacement for Mark in terms of the type of bowler he is and his ability to unsettle the opposition batsmen with pace and bounce," said national selection manager Kim Littlejohn.
Gillespie has been ruled out of the Tests with injury after rolling his ankle while jogging, leading to ligament damage.
The 23-year-old Southee, who has played 17 Tests, will vie with left-armers Trent Boult and the uncapped Neil Wagner for a spot in the New Zealand pace attack alongside veteran Chris Martin and youngster Doug Bracewell.
Southee took the crucial wicket of opener Chris Gayle in Thursday's 88-run win over the West Indies in the third one-dayer to finish with 1-14 off six tight overs. The win means the Black Caps keep the series alive with the hosts leading 2-1 with two matches remaining.
The fourth one-dayer in on Sunday morning (NZT).
The first Test starts on July 25 in Antigua and the second match gets under way on August 2 in Jamaica.
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