Nottingham: New Zealand wicket-keeper Brendon McCullum is set to play a full part in the third Test against England here at Trent Bridge after being named Wednesday in a 12-man squad for a match his side must win to end the series all square at 1-1.
McCullum sustained a back injury heading into last week’s tour match against Northamptonshire, where reserve keeper Gareth Hopkins was behind the stumps, and there was a concern he might play as a batsman only in the series finale.
However, after a thorough workout at the ground on Wednesday, hard-hitting batsman McCullum will be New Zealand’s keeper when the third Test starts here on Thursday. But the out-of-form James Marshall has been dropped from the side that lost the second Test last week by six wickets at Old Trafford.
Marshall has managed just 52 runs in four Test innings this series. His place is taken by Peter Fulton, now set to play his first Test since January after making 57 in the first innings against Northamptonshire.
Teenage quick Tim Southee, who missed the second Test through illness after playing in the drawn series opener at Lord’s, has been added to the squad and will compete for the final pace bowling side against Iain O’Brien, his replacement in Manchester.
New Zealand will decide on their final starting line-up on the morning of the match. Hard-hitting No 5 McCullum is one of the most dynamic batsmen in world cricket and made a run-a-ball 97 in the drawn first Test at Lord’s.