Star seamers return as New Zealand announce squad for white-ball tours of England and UAE
Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson have returned to the New Zealand team for their upcoming white-ball travel to the United Arab Emirates and England. The Blackcaps' visit to England is going to be their final one before the Upcoming ODI World Cup held In India, The kiwi team are also playing Bangladesh in September.
Allrounders Mark Chapman and Jimmy Neesham have been left out of both teams because they are expecting their first children and will remain in New Zealand. Kane Williamson, the regular captain, and spin-bowling allrounder Michael Bracewell are still on the sidelines suffering from injuries.
Bracewell is now undergoing therapy after rupturing his right achilles while batting for Worcestershire in the T20 Blast in June. Similarly, Williamson injured his knee while playing for Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League opener and has lately begun exercising in an effort to achieve full fitness after undergoing surgery.
In Williamson's absence, left-handed hitter Tom Latham will lead the side in ODIs in England. Garry Stead, New Zealand's head coach, feels the team's trip to England will prepare them well for the premier 50-overs competition.
"England has been an impressive white ball side for quite some time, and we're excited to be taking them on at home on the eve of the World Cup," Stead said in an interview with New Zealand Cricket.
"Obviously, we've had a history of great games against them, and I'm confident the four matches will provide all the usual drama and excitement."
"It should be a really competitive series, and I know the group is looking forward to returning to venues like The Oval and Lord's."
Stead was also pleased with the return of Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson, who will provide a lot of muscle to New Zealand's ODI framework.
"We're delighted to have Kyle in this squad, following his selection for the T20 squads against the UAE and England." He's been working really hard on his rehabilitation after back surgery, and we're excited to have him back on the international scene," Stead said.
"It's also great to have Trent back in our ODI squad as he prepares for the World Cup in India."
New Zealand's T20 squad for the UAE and England tour
Tim Southee (c), Finn Allen (Eng), Adi Ashok (UAE), Chad Bowes (UAE), Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver (UAE), Devon Conway (Eng), Lockie Ferguson (Eng), Dean Foxcroft (UAE), Matt Henry (Eng), Ben Lister (UAE), Kyle Jamieson, Cole McConchie (UAE), Adam Milne (Eng), Daryl Mitchell (Eng), Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips (Eng), Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi (Eng), Blair Tickner (UAE) Will Young (UAE)
New Zealand's T20 tour schedule
Aug 17 – 1st T20I v UAE – Dubai
Aug 19 – 2nd T20I v UAE – Dubai
Aug 20 – 3rd T20I v UAE – Dubai
Aug 25 – warm-up T20 – Worcester
Aug 27 – warm-up T20 – Bristol
Aug 30 – 1st T20I v England – Durham
Sept 1 – 2nd T20I v England – Manchester
Sept 3 – 3rd T20I v England – Birmingham
Sept 5 – 4th T20I v England – Nottingham
New Zealand's ODI squad for England tour
Tom Latham (c), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee
New Zealand's ODI tour schedule
Sept 8 – 1st ODI v England – Sofia Gardens (Cardiff)
Sept 10 – 2nd ODI v England – The Ageas Bowl (Southampton)
Sept 13 – 3rd ODI v England – The Oval (London)
Sept 15 – 4th ODI v England – Lord’s (London)