New Zealand have announced their squad for the next England test tour which will later be adjusted accordingly for the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final they will play against India.
New Zealand are set to play two tests against England as a precursor to the World Testing Championship, with the first test starting on June 2 at Lord’s in London and the second test taking place on June 10 in Birmingham. Ahead of these two tests, New Zealand will play a training match against Somerset in Taunton from May 25-28, 2021.
The World Testing Championship final will see New Zealand take on India June 18-22 with 23rd June being the day of the reservation. The match will be played at the Rose Bowl in Southampton behind closed doors.
Uncapped Rachin Ravindra and Jacob Duffy included in New Zealand test team
The New Zealand Test Team for England sees Rachin Ravindra and Jacob Duffy join Devon Conway in the 20-man squad for their tour of England, which will include the World Test Championship final against India.
Doug Bracewell is also part of the squad, whose last test was in 2016 and the squad sees the return of spinner Ajaz Patel. However, the Black Caps selectors did not consider Lockie Ferguson as they chose to protect him for the T20 World Cup.
The squad will be down to 15 for the WTC final in June after the two matches against England.
“Rachin has been named a Future Star since his Under-19 days and we’ve been really encouraged by the progress of his game this season, both with the stick and the ball. He’s obviously an open option, but he also has the ability to strike in mid-order which, combined with his left-arm finger spin, makes him a great asset to our team, ” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said.
Jacob Duffy played a first T20I for New Zealand against Pakistan and picked 4/33 and won 22 wickets at 22.27 in six Plunket Shield games.
“Jacob has been a consistent player on the domestic tour and his ability to swing the ball made him a particularly compelling option with a Dukes ball in English conditions. “ Stead added.
Colin de Grandhomme was also included in the squad subject to his passing a fitness test which will take place at a pre-tour camp in early May following recent right ankle surgery.
Four team members – Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson and Mitchell Santner will be entered into the 2021 IPL for their respective teams and will become available for the England tour depending on when their franchises are phased out, which means that some of them might miss the first test.