Redmond likely to switch to Volts in Invercargill
Everything is pointing to Black Cap Aaron Redmond making his return to domestic cricket in Invercargill this week with Kane Williamson to slot back into his spot at three in the New Zealand order.
Redmond made a return to international cricket last week playing his first test in five years for New Zealand when he lines up against the West Indies in Dunedin.
Williamson missed the test with a thumb injury but will return for the second test at the Basin Reserve in Wellington, meaning Redmond will be released to play for the Otago Volts against Wellington in Invercargill starting tomorrow.
It is bad news for Southland's Ryan Duffy, who will drop out of the Volts lineup after opening the batting Otago's last two first-class games against Canterbury and Northern Districts.
It halts his chance to play a first-class game on his home ground at Queens Park.
His younger brother Jacob remains in the Volts team, which will arrive in Invercargill this morning and will be hopeful of getting a run after carrying the drinks in recent Volts matches.
Otago Volts coach Vaughn Johnson hinted he wasn't far away from a return to the bowling crease.
"As I said in the media a month or so ago, he's been struggling but he's starting to come right and we'll just see how we go down there. But he's put some hard yards in and he's looking to come right so we'll just wait and see."
Wellington will bring a team south loaded with experienced players including past or present Black Caps Luke Ronchi, Grant Elliott, James Franklin, Jeetan Patel, Mark Gillespie and Andy McKay.
As is always the case when first-class cricket games are scheduled in Invercargill, one nervous eye is fixed on the sky with the hope rain doesn't ruin the party.
Late yesterday the day one forecast for the four-day game starting tomorrow is for cloud thickening, evening rain and light winds.
What: Plunket Shield Cricket Who: Otago Volts v Wellington
Where: Queens Park, Invercargill
When: Thursday to Sunday
Otago Volts: Derek De Boorder (captain), Aaron Redmond, Neil Broom, Michael Bracewell, Jesse Ryder, Sam Wells, Nathan McCullum, Jimmy Neesham, Mark Craig, Blair Soper, James McMillan, Ryan Duffy, Jacob Duffy.
Ryan Duffy is expected to be omitted with confirmation Redmond will be released to play for the Volts in Invercargill.
- The Southland Times