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Neesham & Latham in second Test XIII

Wellington: Uncapped all-rounder Jimmy Neesham and young batsman Tom Latham have been included in New Zealand’s 13-member squad for the second Test against India, starting here, on Friday.

Neesham and Latham were added to the squad after selectors decided to drop batsman Jesse Ryder and medium-pacer Doug Bracewell, following their late-night drinking spree before the first Test in Auckland.

Ryder and Bracewell have been fined an undisclosed amount by New Zealand Cricket.

The board’s operations boss Lindsay Crocker said the players had accepted the charge of misconduct. “The New Zealand selectors place great emphasis on qualities such as personal responsibility, trustworthiness and dependability and will continue to do so with our encouragement. All players in contention for the Black Caps need to satisfy the selectors of their commitment to prepare conscientiously for international fixtures,” Crocker said.

The two cricketers, who had reportedly got into a physical altercation with each other at an Auckland bar during the night out, were dropped from the second match by coach Mike Hesson.

Bracewell, who is nursing a broken bone in his foot, has flown back to Napier.

NZC, in a statement, said: “By far the biggest consequence for the pair will be the damage caused to their relationship with the Black Caps selectors.”

According to reports, Ryder is unlikely to be considered for the World Twenty20 squad, the announcement of which has been pushed to Sunday after the latest drama.

The squad

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