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Elliott surprise inclusion in NZ squad


South Africa-born Grant Elliott has been named in New Zealand’s 13-man squad for the first Test against England, which starts on Wednesday.

Elliott, 28, was born in Johannesburg but has completed his national qualification, and impressed the selectors with 2 for 12 from eight overs and a composed innings of 28 during England’s tour match at Dunedin. He is one of seven players in that match to have been included in the squad, including the seamer Iain O’Brien, who beat his new-ball partner Mark Gillespie to the final place.

New Zealand’s selector, Dion Nash, said that Elliott is a solid middle-order batsman and a good bowling option with his ability to swing the ball. He enjoyed a productive season for Wellington in 2006-07, with 361 runs in seven matches at 45.12, including two of his three career centuries. He has been less prolific this year, although he provides the selectors with a handy back-up for Jacob Oram.

Squad: Daniel Vettori (captain), Matthew Bell, Jamie How, Stephen Fleming, Mathew Sinclair, Ross Taylor, Jacob Oram, Brendon McCullum, Grant Elliott, Kyle Mills, Iain O’Brien, Jeetan Patel, Chris Martin.

Source:Cricket News

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