ENG vs NZ: In-form Devon Conway earned another call-up for the New Zealand Test squad as the Kiwis announced their squad for the Test series against England in May and the WTC final against Virat Kohli’s India, slated to be played in June. Apart from Conway, young all-rounder Rachin Ravindra and pacer Jacob Duffy were also given their maiden call-ups to the BackCaps Test squad that will be led by Kane Williamson.
The pair, alongside the in-form Devon Conway, are the only uncapped players in a 20-strong touring party named to face England in two Tests, with the first at Lord’s in London starting on June 2, and the second at Edgbaston in Birmingham from June 10th. The squad will then be trimmed to 15 for the ICC World Test Championship Final (WTC Final) at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton starting on June 18, as per ICC regulations.
Squad News | @cricketwgtninc 21-year-old all-rounder Rachin Ravindra and @OtagoVolts swing-bowler Jacob Duffy have earned their maiden call-ups to the BLACKCAPS Test squad for the upcoming tour of England.
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) April 7, 2021
If selected to play, Ravindra would be the youngest BLACKCAPS Test player since Ish Sodhi debuted at 20 against Bangladesh in Chattogram in 2013. The rest of the squad has a familiar look with 14 of the 20 having featured in the home summer Test wins over the West Indies and Pakistan.
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ENG vs NZ: Devon Conway impressed against Bangladesh: While Conway was first called into the New Zealand Test squad in December to replace expectant dad Kane Williamson, he did not play a match. This time, with Williamson busy in IPL, he is expected to feature in New Zealand’s plans, especially after his rich exploits against Bangladesh at home. He scored 225 runs in three innings in the ODIs at an average of 75.00 and 107 runs in two innings with an average of 107.00 and a strike rate of 175.40.
Lockie Ferguson was not considered as he is continuing to recover from a partial-stress fracture in his back. Colin de Grandhomme, however, was named to the squad after undergoing successful surgery on his right ankle in March. But as he is continuing his rehabilitation, he will need to pass a fitness test at the final pre-tour camp in early May to board the flight to England.
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“Colin’s injury is progressing well and we’re hopeful he will begin running again shortly. We’ll monitor him closely over the next few weeks to ensure he’s on target with where he needs to be in order to be fit to tour,” said Gary Stead, New Zealand’s head coach.
Stead said the ICC T20 World Cup in India in October-December was the priority for Ferguson and the selectors didn’t want to jeopardise that by loading him up for Test cricket this early in his recovery. Henry Nicholls, Will Young, Daryl Mitchell and Kyle Jamieson have all been selected for their first Test tour of England after strong form in the home summer.
The Kiwis will hold two training camps in early May before departing for England in two groups on May 16 and 17. Players involved in the IPL will be managed on a case by case basis depending on when their team exits the tournament.
ENG vs NZ: New Zealand Test Squad for England and WTC Final: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Devon Conway (WK), Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham (WK), Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling (WK), Will Young