Neesham, Latham called up for the second test

NEESHAM IN DOUBT: Jimmy Neesham injured his shoulder playing for Otago.
NEESHAM IN DOUBT: Jimmy Neesham injured his shoulder playing for Otago.

Jimmy Neesham and Tom Latham have been added to the New Zealand cricket squad for the second test match against India starting in Wellington on Friday.

The pair replace the disgraced Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell, who were not considered after a late-night drinking episode on the eve of the first test in Auckland.

Neesham might be a chance to play at the Basin Reserve after spinner Ish Sodhi's inexperience was exposed in Auckland.

MAKING A PUSH: Tom Latham has been in impressive form for the the Wizards.
MAKING A PUSH: Tom Latham has been in impressive form for the the Wizards.

Latham will play if Ross Taylor is unavailable due to the birth of his second child.

A New Zealand Cricket release today said Latham would play if the baby was not born before the test.

"Tom's an incredibly exciting prospect and is constantly pushing for selection," selection manager Bruce Edgar said.

"If called upon, we're confident that he'll take the opportunity with both hands."

NEW ZEALAND SQUAD

Brendon McCullum (c) , Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Peter Fulton, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Hamish Rutherford, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.

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