Daryl Mitchell to replace Devon Conway in NZ squad for two match Test series against India

Daryl Mitchell to replace Devon Conway in NZ squad for two match Test series against India

New Zealand Head Coach Gary Stead said that the absence of Conway offers an opportunity for Mitchell to showcase his capability.

Devon Conway
Devon Conway. (Photo by Adam Davy/PA Images via Getty Images)

All-rounder Daryl Mitchell has now found a place in the New Zealand Test squad for the two-match Test series against the Indian side that will commence on 25th November 2021. Mitchell will replace the injured Devon Conway in the Test setup.

Conway had injured his hand after he hit his willow after his dismissal in the semifinal against England. And, this injury means that Conway has been ruled of the T20 World Cup final as well as the subsequent series against the Indian side in the subcontinent.

New Zealand Head Coach Gary Stead said that the absence of Conway offers an opportunity for Mitchell to showcase his capability. Stead added that Mitchell is a versatile cricketer and is confident at the moment. Stead also opined that Mitchell is a proven performer in Test cricket.

“It’s a shame for Devon to miss out on the first series of the new World Test Championship cycle, but it also offers up an opportunity for someone else. Daryl’s versatility means he can cover a lot of batting positions and he’s certainly got plenty of confidence at the moment. He’s proven he can perform in Test cricket and I know he’s excited to rejoin the Test group,” said Stead according to Cricbuzz.

Daryl Mitchell has been in good form in the 2021 T20 World Cup

Daryl Mitchell has been in very good form with the willow in the 2021 edition of the T20 World Cup. The right-hander is the highest run-scorer for the Black Caps in the tournament and has amassed 197 runs at an average of 39.40 and a strike rate in excess of 140.

Immediately after the conclusion of the T20 World Cup, India and New Zealand will face each other in a three-match T20I series, that will begin on 17th November 2021. After that, the Black Caps will square off against India in a two-match Test series. New Zealand’s tour to India will conclude on 7th December 2021.