New Zealand announce 12-man squad for Tests vs West Indies
The only player not included in the squad that played their last Test against South Africa is Neil Broom.
Updated - Nov 15, 2017 12:00 am
The Black Caps initial squad of 12 that will face West Indies in the opening Test of the home summer looks a settled one, even though one player is yet to be added. The remaining spots will be confirmed following a three-day warm-up match between New Zealand A and the Caribbean side set to commence on 25 November. The only player not included in the squad that played their last Test against South Africa is Neil Broom, who is in the New Zealand A squad.
Lockie Ferguson, Adam Milne and Scott Kuggeleijn will make up the New Zealand A pace battery, in what will be one of the fastest the country has ever produced. While still named in the squad, the availability of wicketkeeper BJ Watling is doubtful for the Test on 1 December due to a hip injury. Watling will be monitored and evaluated over the coming week.
New Zealand 12-man squad:
Kane Williamson (C), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling
New Zealand A squad
Martin Guptill (C), Todd Astle, Tom Blundell, Neil Broom, Tom Bruce, Lockie Ferguson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jeet Raval, George Worker,
Not considered due to injury – Seth Rance, Dean Brownlie
Black Caps Selector Gavin Larsen said the est squad had a settled look to it. “Aside from a question mark over BJ, we have a fully fit squad who have all shown they have what it takes to perform at Test level,” said Larsen. “We want to hit the ground running for that first match at the Basin Reserve. It’s a special place to play cricket and we’re determined to start the summer on a positive note,” as reported by Radio NZ.
Larsen said the New Zealand A side was full of talent and excitement. “While the BLACKCAPS squad doesn’t have too may surprises, this NZ A team certainly shows that we have depth and quality players who are pushing for higher honours. Watching the three quickest bowlers in NZ operating together will certainly be exciting, and all three have plenty to play for. We are looking to develop Martin’s leadership capabilities and the NZ A match is another good opportunity,” he stated.