Test Cricket Tours - New Zealand to Zimbabwe 2011-12
Tour ofZimbabwe 2011-12Captain : Ross Taylor
57th official Test
Test-playing tour of West Indies by New Zealand
- November 2011)
This was the first tour party selected
after New Zealand Cricket set up a new structure with Kim Littlejohn as
national selection manager and John Buchanan, Director of Cricket, choosing
This was also Ross Taylor’s
first taste of captaincy after taking over from Daniel Vettori in June. In the
one-off Test match at Bulawayo he declared the
innings, setting Zimbabwe
366 to win and just pulled off a victory with 35 runs to spare.
Earlier the Black Caps had won
both the Twenty20 and one-day series.
Donaldon took over from Bryan Stronach
who took on a new role as coordinator of the national strength and
conditioning programme and would now be based in NZ and no longer tour with
Paul Close replaced Dayle Shackel who
reverted back to his role of injury management and physiotherapy coordinator.
Kim Littlejohn (National
Selection Manager),John Buchanan (Director of Cricket)
The list of contracted players was announced on 1 July 2011 by
acting National Selection Manager Mark Greatbatch.
A 29-strong squad assembled at Lincoln
University (Christchurch) on Monday 19 September for a ten-day
training camp during which the tour party would be named. It included five
practice matches (during which Flynn was injured and missed selection for the
Unavailable: ⋄ Hamish K Bennett (lower back injury), ⋄ Daniel Flynn (hip injury),
Grant Elliott (calf muscle tear);Scott
Styris (retired).Daniel Vettori requested
to take a break from the limited-overs format.
Tour Party Announced : 25 September 2011.
The selectors introduced Dean
Brownlie, who was born in Perth and lived there until 2009 but qualified for
New Zealand through his father (who was born in Christchurch); and Doug
Bracewell, son of Brendon and nephew of John.
Not selected:⋄ Neil Broom, James Franklin, Tim McIntosh, ⋄Trent Boult (perhaps doubt about recovery
from stress fracture in his back).
Withdrawal :⋄ Tim Southee was initially left out of the limited-overs squad
because of cartilage damage in his left knee, and after he pulled out of the
Champions League in India
on 20 September, it was decided not to rush him back for the Test match in Bulawayo so that he
would be fit for the Australian tour.
One-day/T20 squad announced: 23 September 2011.
between selection and departure from New Zealand
September to depart NZ)
ChristchurchQJohannesburg Q Harare
Theteam left Christchurch for Johannesburg
on 7 October 2011. It was a low key departure as everyone in New Zealand
was focussed on the Rugby World Cup and the All Blacks attempt to win after
James Franklin came from India where he was playing for
Mumbai in the Champions League.
After three days at
the South African
Academy in Pretoria
where they had been acclimatising, the team flew from Johannesburg’s
O.R. Tambo Airport
on Wednesday 12 October 2011. The flight to Harare International
Airport took two hours.
spent in Zimbabwe
October - depart Host)
originally named for the Test team but had a knee injury so Graeme Aldridge was added to the
squad to stay on on after the one-dayers. Therefore when Kyle Mills tore
an abductor muscle in the one-day series, he was not replaced because there
was sufficient fast-bowling in the squad.
Jesse Ryder suffered a calf strain bowling in the warm-up
match reducing the squad to thirteen for the Test match.