NZL vs WI Squads for T20I & Tests: New Zealand Cricket Board has announced its 13-men Squad for T20I and Tests against West Indies. West Indies tour of New Zealand will begin from November 27 at Eden Park. Following the T20Is, the sides will play two Tests as part of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC). Tim Southee will be leading the T20 side in absence of their counterparts. The Black Caps to play 3 T20I and 2 Tests against West Indies which will enhance from late November.
The Kiwis makes a national call-up to young debutant Devon Conway for the T20I's against the all-mighty West Indies. Devon Conway along with Kyle Jamieson also included in the squad. Kyle Jamieson who made his international debut earlier this year against India in ODI's and Tests will play T20I.
However, a little surprise call-up for the two most experienced players like Trent Boult and Kane Williamson who are rested for the T20I series. Both will play two Tests starting from December 3. Moreover, Colin Munro will not be featuring in any of the squad due to his Big Bash League interactions.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead speaks about squads,
Stead said in a statement “I think we’re all very aware and appreciative of how much work has gone in to make this home summer possible – in what is clearly unprecedented times. The season schedule is complex and for the first time we’re going to have a BLACKCAPS Test squad assembling on the same day we’re playing a T20 International in another city.”
“With Colin heading to the Big Bash and therefore unavailable for the Pakistan T20 series pre-Christmas, the selectors are keen to look at other batting options at the top of the order,” he said.
“We’ve got players at quite different stages with some having played almost a month of domestic cricket, some in managed isolation following the IPL, and others battling injuries. Firstly, we have a challenging T20 series against an opposition full of stars with plenty of big-game experience. The three-game series is over just four days so we’ll need to hit the ground running to build some momentum for the summer,” he added.
Take a look at the New Zealand Squad for T20I and Tests:
Tim Southee (Captain), Hamish Bennett, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (wicket-keeper), Ross Taylor, Doug Bracewell, Scott Kuggeleijn, and Mark Chapman.
Kane Williamson (Captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wicket-keeper), Will Young