New Zealand named a fit-again Kane Williamson as captain of their enlarged squad for the Take a look at collection in England, the place he’ll hope the triumphs of a 12 months earlier may be repeated. An elbow damage sidelined captain Williamson from each of his nation’s latest dwelling collection attracts in opposition to Bangladesh and South Africa. The world class batsman has not performed for New Zealand since November however returned to the crease final week for his Indian Premier League facet, Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Williamson is relishing the possibility to steer a 20-strong squad in England which options 4 gamers uncapped within the longest kind.
The three-Take a look at collection falls a 12 months after New Zealand beat the English on dwelling soil for the primary time in additional than 20 years.
Instantly after final 12 months’s collection, the New Zealanders remained in England to beat India within the one-off inaugural Take a look at World Championship last in Southampton.
“Taking part in Take a look at cricket in England is all the time one thing fairly particular and we all know the problem is fierce,” Williamson stated.
“It is a kind of locations the place circumstances are distinctive. It is nice to play them of their again yard.
“Our Take a look at workforce’s been pretty robust by way of its consistency as a gaggle for some time, so (the prospect of recent gamers) is actually one thing to be enthusiastic about.”
Backup wicketkeeper Cam Fletcher has not performed in any format for New Zealand whereas three gamers — allrounder Michael Bracewell and seamers Blair Tickner and Jacob Duffy — have performed in shortened codecs solely.
There’s a recall for top-order batsman Hamish Rutherford, who has not performed a Take a look at for seven years.
Ajaz Patel additionally returns, having been ignored throughout the dwelling summer time on seamer-friendly pitches.
The left-arm spinner’s final Take a look at was within the loss to India in Wankhede 5 months in the past, when he turned the third participant to take 10 wickets in an innings.
Williamson is amongst 5 gamers concerned within the IPL who’re unlikely to be concerned in two warmup matches — at Hove (Might 20-23) and Chlemsford (Might 26-29).
The squad can be diminished to fifteen forward of the primary Take a look at in opposition to England, beginning at Lord’s on June 2.
Of the 15 gamers from the World Take a look at Championship last squad, 13 are returning to England.
The exceptions are batsman Ross Taylor and wicketkeeper BJ Watling, who’ve each retired.
New Zealand squad:
Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Hamish Rutherford, Will Younger, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell, Rachin Ravindra, Daryl Mitchell, Colin de Grandhomme, Michael Bracewell, Cam Fletcher, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Jacob Duffy, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel.
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