Neesham and Latham replace Ryder and Bracewell for second Test


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Both Neesham and Latham have yet to make their Test debuts

Uncapped all-rounder James Neesham and batsman Tom Latham have replaced Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracwell in New Zealand’s Test squad for the second Test against India in Wellington.

Ryder and Bracewell were not considered for selection after they were fined an undisclosed amount for drinking at a bar until 3am on the morning of the first Test against India in Auckland.

Neesham will replace Bracewell, while Latham has come in for Ryder and as a cover for Ross Taylor, whose wife is due to give birth to their second child very soon.

“Tom’s an incredibly exciting prospect and is constantly pushing for selection,” Bruce Edgar, the general manager of national selection, said. “If called upon, we’re confident that he’ll take the opportunity with both hands.

“We see Jimmy as a genuine all-rounder who can play a number of roles for us. His form with both bat and ball in the Plunket Shield this season speaks for itself. We’ve been able to keep a settled side recently and strung together some successful results along the way. We hope to keep that going, but are well aware India will come back at us hard.”

New Zealand squad for second Test: Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, BJ Watling (wk), Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult.

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