Tim Southee returns to Black Caps for second Windies Test, BJ Watling still out

The Black Caps have made just one change to their squad for the second Test against the West Indies in Hamilton later this week with Tim Southee recalled.

Southee was unavailable for the first Test, which the Black Caps wrapped up yesterday for a dominant win, due to the birth of his child.

The 28-year-old paceman will join the squad tomorrow for Saturday's Test where he replaces George Worker - Lockie Ferguson was also released from the squad to play for Auckland in tomorrow's Ford Trophy match against Canterbury where he could face England all-rounder Ben Stokes.

Ferguson is confirmed to rejoin the squad after tomorrow's domestic 50 over match to also prepare for the Test.

Wicketkeeper BJ Watling was not considered for selection as he continues recovering from a hip injury with Northern Districts solely as a batsman, leaving heroic debutant Tom Blundell the likely choice for the second Test.

Watling scored 115 for Northern Districts on Sunday before getting run out after he fell over with cramp.

The Black Caps hold a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series after winning yesterday by an innings and 67 runs.

Black Caps Squad v West Indies, Second Test

Kane Williamson (c)
Trent Boult
Tom Blundell
Colin de Grandhomme
Lockie Ferguson
Matt Henry
Tom Latham
Henry Nicholls
Jeet Raval
Mitchell Santner
Tim Southee
Ross Taylor
Neil Wagner


Tim Southee appeals for a LBW decision Source: Photosport


Watch: BJ Watling hits the deck hard as he falls victim to cramp in hilarious run out

Things just haven't fallen BJ Watling's way this summer.

The Black Cap wicketkeeper-batsman didn't participate in the first Test against the West Indies due to a hip injury, so in his recovery he turned out for Northern Districts in their Ford Trophy match against the Wellington Firebirds instead.

Watling managed to secure himself a century in the match as a batsman only but he threw it all away in hilarious fashion with a run out brought on by cramp.

Watling was on 115 when he set off looking for a cheeky single but halfway down the pitch he started to pull up as his hamstring cramped up, leading him to trip over his right ankle.

As a result, Wellington's Hamish Marshall ran him out with a direct throw at the stumps.

While Watling's innings spearheaded Northern Districts to a five wicket win, it didn't stop him getting a little bit of stick from teammate Tim Southee.

"An amazing innings coming to an even more amazing end!" he wrote on social media.

Watling may line up as a batsman-only again in Northern Districts' match against the the Central Stags in Whangarei tomorrow with first Test hero and debutant Tom Blundell likely to remain the keeper for the second Test in Hamilton.

The Black Caps name their team for the Test, which starts on Saturday, today.



'There's no need to panic' - Windies target Hamilton win after first Test embarrassment

West Indies captain Jason Holder is urging his side to come together in the wake of their innings and 67 run defeat to the Black Caps in Wellington, as the series heads to Hamilton for the second and final Test of the series.

Batting first at the Basin Reserve, the Windies were skittled for just 134 runs, before New Zealand made 520/9 in reply. The tourists were then bowled out for 319 to give the Black Caps an emphatic victory.

Speaking to media after the match, Holder said that his side aren't out of the series.

"I think we've done reasonably well in the year," he said.

"We did some really good things in this Test match as well, there's no need to panic."

"There's a chance to put things right in the second Test match."

Jason Holder is looking to pick his side up after the innings loss to the Black Caps. Source: 1 NEWS