Wellington, Dec 7 (ANI): New Zealand selectors have overhauled their test and Twenty20 squads for South Africa following the captaincy shakeup.
Peter Fulton and Dean Brownlie return to the test squad, clearly eyed as batting alternatives for Taylor who has refused to tour South Africa in the wake of his axing as captain.
Spinner Todd Astle's promising debut in Sri Lanka has amounted to nothing with Auckland left-armer Bruce Martin preferred in a recall, and Kruger van Wyk has lost the wicket-keeping gloves to the versatile BJ Watling.
"We felt that it was necessary to make a few changes. We don't require a leg-spin option in South African conditions so have left out Todd Astle but he is very much part of our thinking for the future," Stuff.co.nz quoted Kiwi coach Mike Hesson, as saying.
"Bruce Martin is a specialist spinner who can bowl a lot of overs and he deserves an opportunity after showing good recent form. Following on from BJ Watling's good form in Sri Lanka and again while back in New Zealand, he has been selected as the test wicketkeeper," he added.
The selectors have had a clean out of the T20 squad where the unheralded Corey Anderson, Jimmy Neesham, Colin Munro, Derek de Boorder and Mitchell McClenaghan all get reward for some good form for their provinces whereasFulton is also in the T20 mix.
Test squad for South Africa tour beginning December 18:
Brendon McCullum (captain), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Daniel Flynn, James Franklin, Peter Fulton, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Bruce Martin, Jeetan Patel, Kane Williamson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling.