New Zealand have named a 20-player squad for their tour of England, with
three uncapped stars in the group.
All-rounder Rachin Ravindra, swing bowler Jacob Duffy and batter Devon Conway have all been named in the
squad for the two-Test series, which commences on 2 June at Lord’s.
It is the first time Ravindra or Duffy have been included in a Test squad, while this is Conway’s first full squad inclusion after being called up in December as cover for expectant father Kane Williamson. In a boost for the Black Caps, all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme and left-arm finger-spinner Ajaz Patel are both back from injury. Doug Bracewell also returns to the squad after last playing a Test match in 2016.
De Grandhomme (ankle), Bracewell (hip) and Ross Taylor (hamstring) will all need to prove their fitness before boarding the flight to England.
New Zealand’s Squad:
Kane Williamson (c) Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson,
Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross
Taylor, Neil Wagner, BI Watling (wk), Will Young.
The squad will be trimmed down to 15 players for the World Test Championship Final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, starting 18 June. New Zealand fans will be well acquainted with Conway, who has shone for the Black Caps in limited overs cricket since making his debut last summer.
The talented left-hander has averaged 59.12 across 14 T20ls and 75 across his three ODIs so far. He was the Player of the Series in New Zealand’s recent 3-0 ODI whitewash of Bangladesh, notably scoring his maiden international century in the final match.
With a first-class average of 47.21, he looks well equipped to tackle Test cricket. If he is selected to play, 21-year-old Ravindra will be the youngest Black Caps Test player since a 20-year- old Ish Sodhi debuted in 2013. A spin-bowling all-rounder, Ravindra already has three first-class centuries to his name, including one for New Zealand A.