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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 March 2008, 10:41 GMT
England drop Harmison and Hoggard
Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard
Harmison and Hoggard struggled on the flat pitch in Hamilton
England have dropped Steve Harmison and Matthew Hoggard for the second Test against New Zealand in Wellington starting on Wednesday.

Harmison took 1-121 in the first Test defeat in Hamilton, while Hoggard (1-151) was equally disappointing, so Stuart Broad and James Anderson start.

"It was a tough call. We felt the attack needed a bit of a shake-up," said captain Michael Vaughan.

New Zealand have dropped spinner Jeetan Patel for seamer Mark Gillespie.

Captain Daniel Vettori had hoped to continue his all-spin partnership with off-spinner Patel for the Basin Reserve, but arrived in Wellington to discover a seam-friendly surface.

That could be good news for England, who hope Broad, 21, and Anderson, 25, can help them level the series and restore some pride after a poor bowling performance contributed to their first Test defeat.


"We had a gut feeling that we just needed to make a change and we've gone with two of them," added Vaughan.

"It's a great opportunity for Jimmy and Broady to come in and try and establish themselves at this level. Jimmy, for example, has had overs under his belt during the last week and apparently he bowled well. He's got a hell of a lot of talent.

"If you look back to the India series last year he was man of the series for us, played one game in Sri Lanka and got dropped so he deserves a chance and hopefully he'll take it.

"It's always disappointing for someone to miss out but it's a hugely exciting time for the players we have selected. They are two young lads with a lot of talent and hopefully they can thrive with the extra responsibility they've been given.

"It certainly looks very exciting, even if it is a little bit lacking in experience. I think they have enough talent to take them through and put the Kiwi batsmen under a lot of pressure."

We all know how both of them can bowl and at the minute they're just not bowling to the standards they've set themselves

Vaughan on Hoggard and Harmison

Harmison, 29, who retired from one-day internationals 18 months ago, has struggled for form since England's 2005 Ashes success, but Hoggard, 31, has been one of England's most potent attackers and his omission is more surprising.

This is the first time the duo have been dropped since helping England regain the Ashes nearly three years ago and leaves the tourists with an inexperienced attack with only 32 caps between Ryan Sidebottom, Anderson and Broad.

"It's not a nice thing for me to do to go and tell two players (Hoggard and Harmison) that I've played all my Test cricket with that they're not going to be in the team," said Vaughan.

"I really hope they react in a positive fashion and if they don't play next week, make sure they go back, play well for their counties and try and get themselves back into the Test team.

"We all know how both of them can bowl and at the minute they're just not bowling to the standards they've set themselves. I hope they can get back to those standards and put themselves in a position to get back in the team."

Daniel Vettori
We can't just turn up and expect to have things favourable all the time... we want to make sure we can win in any condition

Daniel Vettori

Asked whether England had considered making a change in the batting line-up, Vaughan added: "Not really... a change was talked about but we thought they deserved another opportunity to try and put it right this week."

And Vettori expects England to come out fighting in the second Test after their capitulation in Hamilton - especially as the Wellington pitch appears more seam-friendly than the opener.

"We'd have obviously liked to continue with the way things went in Hamilton, but groundsmen are their own entity and they have the prerogative to do what they want with their wickets," admitted Vettori.

"We can't just turn up and expect to have things favourable all the time. We want to make sure we can win in any condition that is put in front of us.

"I'm expecting England to come back very strongly. They're a resolute side and very well led and I know Michael (Vaughan) will be asking a lot of them.

"There's personal pride at stake as well. The guys will want to step up for themselves and put in performances that are worthy of their ability."

England: Cook, Vaughan (capt), Strauss, Pietersen, Bell, Collingwood, Ambrose (wkt), Broad, Sidebottom, Panesar, Anderson.

New Zealand: Bell, How, Fleming, Taylor, Sinclair, Oram, McCullum (wkt), Vettori (capt), Mills, Gillespie, Martin.

Umpires: RE Koertzen (SA) & SJ Davis (Aus).

Third Umpire: EA Watkin (NZ).

Match Referee: Javagal Srinath (Ind).

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