Wellington Firebirds batsman, Devon Conway was given his maiden National call-up as New Zealand Cricket announced its T20I and Test squads for the upcoming home series against West Indies where they are set to host the current T20 champions for three T20Is and two Tests starting November 27.
This also marks the resumption of international cricket for New Zealand after the enforced break due to Covid 19 pandemic. Devon Conway, who was named in the T20I squad, had a terrific run in the domestic season and was the leading run-scorer in domestic tournaments of all three formats – Plunket Shield, Ford Trophy and T20 Super Smash.
Colin Munro wasn’t considered for selection owing to his Big Bash commitments. Glenn Phillips, who finished as the second-highest run-scorer in this year’s CPL, makes a return in the T20 side after playing his last T20 for NZ over 2 years ago.
Another new addition to the New Zealand’s T20 squad is Kyle Jamieson, who had made his ODI and Test debuts against India earlier this year. Jamieson, along with Tim Southee and Ross Taylor, will be available only for the first two T20Is before joining the Test squad for the two-match test series on November 30 in Hamilton. Mark Chapman, Doug Bracewell and Scott Kuggeleijn have been named the covers who will join the T20 squad for the third match.
New Zealand’s regular captain, Kane Williamson and their frontline pacer, Trent Boult have been rested for the T20 series to focus on the longer format of the game. Williamson is recovering from a hip injury and in his absence, Tim Southee is set to lead the Kiwi side
“We’ve had to make a decision on Kane and Trent to prioritise the Test matches, given how important they are to our red-ball team and the fact they both played such big roles in the recent IPL while also managing injuries.
“There’s no secret we’re right in the hunt for the World Test Championship Final following our two-nil win over India and having Trent and Kane fully fit and focussed for the upcoming series will be crucial,” New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said.
The 13-man Test squad is unchanged from their last series against India. Colin de Grandhomme (right foot) and Ajaz Patel (left calf) have been included in the side who are both nursing their injuries and the chances of them being fit for the test series are not yet clear.
“Colin and Ajaz have quite different injuries which are requiring a different return to play protocols. It’s too early at this stage to definitively say what their chances are but we’re hopeful the next two weeks will make that clearer,” he said.
The players who were a part of the recently concluded IPL in the UAE- Lockie Ferguson, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner and Tim Seifert – are currently under mandatory isolation period that will end on 26th November, a day before the first T20I.
New Zealand T20I Squad:
Tim Southee (c), Hamish Bennett, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Seifert (wk), Ross Taylor
New Zealand Test Squad:
Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (wk), Will Young