The New Zealand cricket board has recently announced the 15-member squad for the upcoming five-match T20I series against 2019 World Cup-winning team England starting from next month. The official team selectors have roped in star pacer Lockie Ferguson for just three matches of the series after that destructive left-arm fast bowler Trent Boult will take his place in the team.
Surprisingly, the star skipper of New Zealand squad Kane Williamson will not participate in the upcoming fixtures as he is suffering from a painful right hip injury. In the absence of crucial batsman Williamson, Tim Southee will lead the Black Caps during the T20I series. However, the exclusion of experienced skipper could affect the hosting team in the important series against England.
The head coach of the New Zealand cricket team, Gary Stead said on the decision to withdraw Williamson from the T20I squad, “it’s disappointing timing for Kane at the start of an exciting Kiwi summer, but we feel it’s the right decision with a busy season ahead”. Further, he also added, “we are fortunate to have someone experienced like Tim who can comfortably step in and take the reins, as he successfully did on the recent tour of Sri Lanka”.
Both New Zealand and England will start their prestigious T20I campaign against each other from November 1st till November 11th across the astonishing venues of New Zealand. This will be then followed by a two-match Test series between both the teams which is scheduled to be held from November 21st till December 3rd. It will be interesting to see whether the hosts will be able to dominate the strong visitors in the important tournament or the English cricketers will once again turn the tables against ‘Black Caps’ in their own den.
Here’s check out the complete list of New Zealand squad for upcoming five-match T20I series against England starting from this November:
New Zealand squad for T20I series: Tim Southee (Captain), Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (Wicket-keeper), Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor, and Blair Tickner