Astle ruled out of Pakistan series, 34-year old Somerville earns call up
The injury of Todd Astle has turned into a blessing in disguise for Will Somerville as he has earned a maiden call-up for the Pakistan Test series at the age of 34.
Somerville left Australia’s New South Wales (NSW) in order to pursue a first-class career in New Zealand has paid off . He played 16 first-class matches for NSW previously.
Earlier this year, the all-rounder asked to be released from his contract early so that he could join Auckland Aces in order to qualify for New Zealand. In the two first-class matches he has played for Auckland so far in the Plunket Shield. He has bowled brilliantly so far and picked up seven wickets.
New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said on Thursday:
“We’ve been keeping a close eye on Will and like the look of his all-round game and skill-set. He bowls with good control and variation, while his added height means he gets that extra bit of bounce. He’s also a handy batsman down the order, as he showed with his half-century in the most recent round of the Ford Trophy (against Wellington).”
Meanwhile, Astle will now return to New Zealand to consult a knee specialist after picking up the injury during the New Zealand A vs Pakistan A ODI series.
“Despite a period of rest, Todd’s knee has, unfortunately, not responded as well as we had hoped. The best course of action for Todd is to get home and get it looked at, with an eye to returning in the home summer,” Larsen confirmed.