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Mar 12, 2012 at 09:10am IST

Gillespie recalled to New Zealand squad

Wellington: Fast bowler Mark Gillespie has been recalled to the New Zealand squad after a four-year absence to replace Tim Southee for the second Test against South Africa starting on Thursday.

Gillespie, 32, has played only three Tests for New Zealand, his most recent against the West Indies in 2008. He claimed a five-wicket haul (5-136) on debut against South Africa in 2007 and has 11 Test wickets at an average of 34.54.

Southee has taken 42 wickets in 17 Tests at an average of 44 but returned with figures of 0-140 in the first Test against South Africa in Dunedin and has only seven wickets in four Tests this season at 55.85.

Gillespie recalled to New Zealand squad

Fast bowler Mark Gillespie will replace Tim Southee for the second Test against South Africa.

New Zealand and South Africa drew the first of their three-Test series at Dunedin's University Oval when the last day was lost to rain.

National selection manager Kim Littlejohn said Southee's form would have to improve before he would return to the New Zealand team.

"Tim Southee hasn't been included. He's a talented young fast bowler and we are confident he will return to the Plunket Shield (domestic first class competition) and continue to put pressure on those in the Test team," Littlejohn said.

"Mark Gillespie returns to international cricket after showing good form recently and provides a strong and reliable bowling option."

Gillespie has taken 25 wickets at 26.92, including three five-wicket hauls, in domestic first class cricket this season.

Legspinner Tarun Nethula has also been added to the New Zealand squad for the second Test at Hamilton's second place. Nethula made his first appearance for New Zealand in the recent Twenty20 and one-day series against the Proteas.

"We are pleased to be able to offer Tarun an opportunity. He is bowling well and offers a point of difference to the attack," Littlejohn said. "

South African-born Kruger van Wyk, who had a solid Test debut in Dunedin, making 36 in New Zealand's first innings, remains New Zealand's wicketkeeper while BJ Watling is unavailable with a hip injury. Opener Rob Nicol, who also debuted in the Dunedin Test, has been retained after making scores of 6 and 19.

Batsman Dean Brownlie was not considered for selection because of a broken finger.

New Zealand squad:

Ross Taylor (captain), Brent Arnel, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Andrew Ellis, Mark Gillespie, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Tarun Nethula, Rob Nicol, Kruger van Wyk, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson.

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