Butler returns to New Zealand Test squad
Fast bowler Ian Butler has won his way back into the New Zealand squad for the second Test against South Africa starting in Auckland on Thursday.india Updated: Mar 14, 2004 16:38 IST
Fast bowler Ian Butler has won his way back into the New Zealand squad for the second test against South Africa starting in Auckland on Thursday.
Butler will replace medium fast bowler Michael Mason. Both bowlers have been playing for New Zealand A against Sri Lanka A in Queenstown during the duration of the first test, with some success along with fellow test squad fast bowler Chris Martin.
Martin and Mason both got five wickets, Martin in the first innings and Mason in the second, while Butler picked up four in the first.
"Ian put in an impressive performance for New Zealand A against Sri Lanka A and proved that he has recovered from his heel injury and that his fitness and form are up to standard," coach John Bracewell said.
Squad: Stephen Fleming (captain), Ian Butler, Chris Cairns, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Craig McMillan, Jacob Oram, Michael Papps, Mark Richardson, Scott Styris, Daryl Tuffey, Daniel Vettori, Paul Wiseman.