Fit-again senior pacer Trent Boult has been named in the 13-member New Zealand squad for the primary Test in opposition to India beginning right here on February 21.
According to a media launch issued by New Zealand Cricket, the 6’ 8” pacer Kyle Jamieson, who made his ODI debut in opposition to India in the latest series, has additionally earned his call-up in the Test squad, which can have gradual left-arm orthodox Ajaz Patel as the one spinner.
Boult’s comeback is a giant enhance for the New Zealand aspect as he missed all the limited-overs leg as a result of a fractured proper hand sustained in the course of the Boxing Day Test in opposition to Australia on the MCG.
“It’s terrific to have Trent back with us and we’re looking forward to the energy and experience he adds to the group alongside his obvious class with the ball in hand,” head coach and chief selector Gary Stead stated.
Jamieson, however, has been included in a pre-series Test squad for the primary time. He had changed injured Lockie Ferguson halfway in Australia in December final yr.
Mumbai-born Ajaz was chosen over leg-spinner Ish Sodhi due to his consistency. “We’re excited to welcome back Ajaz who has done a great job for us overseas and has a proven domestic record in New Zealand conditions,” the coach stated.
Daryl Mitchell can be in the squad as a batting all-rounder. Tom Blundell will proceed to open the batting alongside Tom Latham following his breakthrough century in Melbourne.
The Wellington Test may even be Ross Taylor’s 100th Test, becoming a member of ranks along with his former teammates Brendon McCullum, Daniel Vettori and Stephen Fleming.
Taylor will develop into the primary cricketer in the world to finish 100 video games throughout three worldwide codecs.
“To play 100 Tests for your country is an incredible achievement and a testament to his work ethic and complete professionalism,” Stead stated of Taylor.
The squad: Kane Williamson (Capt.), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner and B-J. Watling.