IND vs NZ: New Zealand has announced the T20I squad for their upcoming series against India that begins later this month. And big names are set to miss the series including regular skipper Kane Williamson and Tim Southee. Both the players have chosen to head back to New Zealand instead of travelling to India.
The series will comprise three ODIs and as many T20Is following the ongoing series between India and Sri Lanka. For the T20I series. New Zealand has included 27-year-old Auckland’s fast bowler Ben Lister.
Lister had previously travelled to India with the New Zealand A squad last year. He also became Auckland Cricket Men’s bowler of the year in the previous season.
“Ben has made an exciting impact for Auckland early in his career in red and white-ball cricket,” New Zealand’s chief selector Gavin Larsen said.
“Since his debut in late 2017, he is the Aces’ leading wicket-taker in T20 and List A cricket. His ability to swing the ball considerably as a left-arm is particularly exciting.
“We all felt for Ben after his tour ended the way it did last year, and it’s a testament to his work ethic that he’s been able to return to domestic cricket so strongly this season,” Larsen added.
Otago’s right-arm medium pacer, Jacob Duffy is also part of the T20I squad and has played 8 T20I matches so far. He last played for NZ in the 2nd T20I against Scotland on July 29, 2022.
Tom Latham to lead the ODI side
With Williamson and Southee absent, wicketkeeper batter, Tom Latham will lead the ODI team. Whereas, Santner is set to lead in the T20I series and has previously led NZ in 11 T20Is since last year.
“Mitch is a leader in our white-ball teams and has captained the T20 side in India [in Kolkata in 2021] before. His experience in Indian conditions will be invaluable leading this group,” Larsen said.
New Zealand’s T20I squad for India
Mitchell Santner (capt), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver, Devon Conway, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Ben Lister, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Michael Rippon, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner
India vs New Zealand series will kick off on January 18 with the first ODI in Hyderabad, Followed by 2nd and 3rd ODI in Raipur and Indore respectively.
The T20I series will kick off on January 27 in Ranchi, followed by 2nd and 3rd T20I matches in Lucknow and Ahmedabad on January 29 and February 1 respectively.
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