Franklin joins New Zealand squad for Hamilton Test

New Zealand has called up fast bowler James Franklin to join the squad for Saturday’s second Test against Australia in Hamilton.

Australia leads the two-match series 1-0 after a 10-wicket win in Wellington on Tuesday.

“There has been a lot of rain in Hamilton of late, and it is fair to say that the conditions we saw today at Seddon Park, at this stage, are far different to those we experienced earlier in the season,” New Zealand coach Mark Greatbatch said in a statement.

“We thought it prudent to have all our bases covered, and James does that for us,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted Greatbatch, as saying.

The Black Caps hope Franklin’s batting will add depth to their tail at No.8, after New Zealand lost 5-9 in their first innings of the first Test and their last four wickets for nine runs in their second innings.

The 14-man squad also includes uncapped 19-year-old batsman Kane Williamson, who could be vying for a spot in the side with Mathew Sinclair to replace out-of-form No.3 Peter Ingram.

Squad: Daniel Vettori (capt), Brent Arnel, Martin Guptill, Peter Ingram, Brendon McCullum, Tim McIntosh, Chris Martin, Jeetan Patel, Mathew Sinclair, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, James Franklin. (ANI)

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