Trent Boult’s return
New Zealand welcome back Trent Boult, who has been out of action since injuring his right hand in the Boxing Day Test in Australia. As a result he missed the final Test of that series as well as the limited-overs match against India in home. After his recovery from the injury he has been named in the 13-man squad for the Test series against India.
The most experienced pacers Tim Southee and Neil Wagner join with Boult made the New Zealand’s pace position stronger. Pacer Kyle Jamieson, who recently made his ODI debut for the home side, could also play his maiden test game if Kiwis decide to attack with four pacer.
The spin department sees quite a shake-up as Mitchell Santner has lost his spot. Ajaz Patel earn calls up,who left an indelible mark on his debut series against Pakistan in UAE in which New Zealand famously won 2-1.
Daeeyl Mitchel dragged in
Darryl Mitchell(all-rounder) who played his maiden test match against England is dragged into squad for his second test carrier. Tom Latham who scored an impressive 121 in his last test match is set to open the match.
New Zealand coach John Stead said in a press release : “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,” .
“Kyle will offer us a point of difference with the bounce he could extract on what is traditionally a good surface in Wellington,” he said of the lanky pacer
“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,” Stead said.
The New Zealand squad will arrive in Wellington on Tuesday, the release added.
The first match of the series will be played at the Basin Reserve in Wellington starting Friday.
New Zealand squad:Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell.