McCullum to be restored as Test opener

NZ Newswire August 20, 2012, 8:57 am

Brendon McCullum will be restored as an opening batsman for New Zealand's two-Test series against India starting in Hyderabad on Thursday.

The experienced McCullum, who batted at No.3 during the recent 2-0 series loss to the West Indies, has a preference to open and captain Ross Taylor confirmed the 31-year-old would pad up alongside Martin Guptill.

Daniel Flynn had a solid series as opener against the West Indies before injuring his groin.

Taylor didn't say if Flynn would bat at first drop or whether Kane Williamson will be promoted up the order for that role.

"Martin Guptill and Brendon will open the innings. Brendon batted well here on previous occasion, and hopefully, he will continue in the same vein in the upcoming Tests," Taylor told journalists.

McCullum's previous knock against India in Hyderabad was a match-saving 225 in the second innings two years ago, his highest Test score.

Taylor said a good preparation would be crucial if New Zealand were to be competitive against an Indian side who are notoriously hard to beat on home soil.

"We know we have lot of work to do in next two-three days to make sure we are prepared for the challenge," he said.

"We would certainly like to put some good plans in place and be positive about the way we look to play. India is a familiar place for a lot of us. We have played well here and are looking forward to the contest."

Taylor was particularly wary of the Indian spin attack and said his players would need to have plans in place to counter the variation of the home side.

Meanwhile, Indian batsman S Badrinath has been called into the Test series to replace the long-serving VVS Laxman, who announced his international retirement last week.

Badrinath, 31, has played two Tests for India, the last being more than two years ago against South Africa.

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  1. Waddaboutdat01:50pm Monday 20th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    @Jordan. Who is the van Dyk you have put into your cricket team ? Or have you also put van Wyk into the Silver Ferns netball team.You are as confused as th NZCU and AB selectors.

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  2. The01:47pm Monday 20th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    McCullum's previous knock against India in Hyderabad was a match-saving 225 in the second innings two years ago, his highest Test score... and he hasn't done much since then. Who is leading this womble side? Get rid of most of the old players and bring in the new, then we won't have the EGOs getting their own way. McCullum is not an opening batsman. When will he understand that he is a hinderance to the growth of New Zealand cricket? regards The Weka

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  3. Waddaboutdat01:45pm Monday 20th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    @Perplexed. Agree. McCullum will be enjoying the Indian hospitality to the full again - working on his next IPL contract. Its called Contract Fixing. Maybe someone should mention to him that he is actually there to play cricket.

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  4. Perplexed12:36pm Monday 20th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It`ll make a huge diff ah,well for him,He`ll well in 200games outa 201 he`ll get a heap more time relaxing in his shorts an teeshirt.

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  5. I-see-stupid-people11:02am Monday 20th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Who cares?

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  6. Howie10:56am Monday 20th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Same group of players,nothing has changed except the coach,I expect the same results will still flow through....

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  7. Grant10:56am Monday 20th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    When will they ever learn he's not a opening batsman bring back Richardson ha ha need someone with stickability who i don't know, stop using him as a stop gap he's a 20/20 player

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  8. Jordan10:22am Monday 20th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Mind you...the Poms handed SA the Test series by dropping Amla on 2 (121) and de Villiers on 8 (43)...catches win matches and Poms do not deserve to be the No1 side based on the 3 test performance...Black caps could learn more watching that series than playing any games against any team....

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  9. Jordan10:17am Monday 20th August 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Given we are stuck with the Club level players over there...Taylor should be at 3...Williamson 4...I'd play Flynn at 5...Watling at 6...van Dyk 7.......B. McCullum 8...Boult 9......Wagner 10....Martin 11.....................play van Dyk as keeper and Watling as a batsman....I'd NOT play Vetorri at all but they will....

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