Sixteenth Test-playingtour of England
by New Zealand
(April- June 2013)
The tour followed on from a
three-Test series played in the New Zealand
summer when England
were relieved to get away with a draw. Rutherford had scored a big hundred in
the first Test match and Fulton
two centuries in the third. However, instead of making progress, the batting
went into decline on this tour. Coach Bob Carter blamed the lack of time (the
warm-up matches were affected by rain) to get used to playing against the
Dukes ball. Brendon McCullum admitted that self-doubt set in after being
dismissed for 68 at Lord’s and this affected confidence when batting at
Headingly.New Zealand lost both Test
matches by wide margins.
However, the Black Caps
immediately bounced back by winning the one-day series. Martin Guptill scored
two stunning centuries, one of which equalled the highest score (189) in a
50-over international. The improvement gave them heart for the forthcoming
National selection manager Kim Littlejohn (chairman),Mike Hesson (coach),
Unavailable/ Not considered:Jesse
Test Tour Party Announced : 4
Not selected:Ian Butler (reserve)
ODI/T20 squad also announced:4 April 2013.
Guptill, Luke Ronchi, Williamson, Taylor, Grant Elliott, James Franklin,
Colin Munro, Dan Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Andrew Ellis, Southee, Kyle Mills,
Boult, Mitch McClenaghan.
Withdrawn: ⋄Andrew Ellis (suffered a broken
rib while training in Christchurch).
Time between selection and departure from New Zealand
(4 - 29 April)
The Test squad assembled at Auckland
Airport on the evening of Monday 29
April and travelled via Los Angeles.
They landed at London Gatwick on Tuesday 30 April, minus Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor.
and Taylorwere due to arrive on 7 or 8
May due to IPL commitments, and Kane Williamson was captain in the meantime;
but, as their teams could not qualify for the IPL semi-finals, they came over
the previous weekend.
Eight members of the one-day squad - Grant
Elliott, James Franklin, Mitch McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills,
Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi - not involved in the Test series left New Zealand
on Tuesday 21 May and spent a week training in Northampton.
Daniel Vettori flew in a day before, coming
from the IPL in India, in
case Bruce Martin’s injury meant he would be needed for the Test match in Leeds.
Time spent in England
Bruce Martin had a calf strain and returned home while Daniel Vettori was urgently flown
across from New Zealand
to take his place. However, he could not guarantee his fitness for five days
to play in the Leeds Test. A troublesome achilles tendon meant Vettori was
also unfit to play in the one-day series or T20.
Trent Boult had a muscle tear in his right side during
the Leeds Test.Ian Butler who was turning out for the celebrity team Lashings,
was brought into the one-day squad to replace him for the ODI series.
Doug Bracewell was retained in the squad in place of
Andrew Ellis who was withdrawn fromthe limited-overs internationals side on 15 May.
Corey Anderson joined the team on 5 June as part of the
squad for the two T20s against England at the end of the
• Tim Southee’s name was added to the honours
board at Lord’s with ten wickets in the Test match
•Martin Guptill scored back-to-back
centuries to help secure wins in the first two one-day internationals
•His innings of 189 not out in the 2nd ODI
at Southampton equalled the highest against England in ODIs
Other first-class matches
Twenty 20 internationals
Return to New Zealand
Test players Dean Brownlie, Peter Fulton,
Neil Wagner and B-J Watling were not included in the Black
Caps’ ODI and ICC Champions Trophy squad. They returned to London after the Headingly Test and flew
home from there on 29 May.
Hamish Rutherford joined Essex for the remainder of the season,
replacing Rob Quiney who returned to Australia injured. Tom Latham
played for Scotland and in
club league after leaving the Test squad. Mark Gillespie, on stand-by
for the Champions Trophy, played club cricket for Datchet
After being knocked out of the ICC Champions Trophy, injured players
Grant Elliott and Tim Southee, along with batsmen Kane
Williamson and keeper Luke Ronchi returned to New Zealand.
Daniel Vettori had an operation on his Achilles tendon in London on 20 June and missed the T20s
Rutherford and Latham rejoined
the squad for two Twenty20 games, along with spinner Roneel Hira.
A handful of players flew out of London on 28 June and returned to Auckland Airport.Players remaining in England for T20 county matches included Ian
Butler (who joined Nottinghamshire), Nathan McCullum (Glamorgan), Mitchell
McClenaghan (Lancashire) and Kyle Mills