New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Tuesday announced the squad for the upcoming series against India, consisting of three T20Is and as many ODIs. Finn Allen has been included in the roster, while Trent Boult has not been included as he opted out of the central contract list earlier this year. Allen is set to face India for the first time after being confirmed in both New Zealand squads for the upcoming tour, which kicks off in Wellington on Friday.
Allen, 23, has already played 23 T20Is and eight ODIs for the Blackcaps, totaling five half-centuries and a hundred. Allen’s retention at the top of the league table for both teams means there is no room for Martin Guptill.
Trent Boult is the squads other notable omission – with Tim Southee, Matt Henry (ODIs only), Lockie Ferguson, Blair Tickner and Adam Milne filling the fast bowling ranks.
Milne is set to play his first ODI since 2017, building on his return to the T20 International arena at the recent Tri-Series and last year’s ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead said it was never easy to discount Boult and Guptill’s experience, but the team needed to keep looking ahead.
“When Trent canceled his NZC contract in August, we indicated that priority would be given to players with central or domestic contracts, and that has been the case here,” he said in an official press release.
“We are all aware of Trent’s world-class ability, but right now – as we build more global events, we want to give opportunities and experiences to others,” he added.
Jimmy Neesham has been released from the squad for the third ODI as he prepares for his wedding, with Henry Nicholls coming on as a substitute for the final game in Christchurch.
Ben Sears (back) and Kyle Jamieson (back) were ineligible for selection due to injuries.
The tour kicks off with a three-game T20 International series in Wellington (November 18), Tauranga (November 20) and Napier (November 22), before transitioning into the ODI series in Auckland (November 25), Hamilton (November 27 ) and Christchurch (November 30).
In the one-day series, Tim Southee could become the fifth New Zealander to claim 200 ODI wickets, with the 33-year-old taking a total of 199.
Tom Latham returns as the ODI wicketkeeper and Devon Conway continues behind the stumps for the T20 side.
Kane Williamson will captain both sides with the T20 team meeting in Wellington on Wednesday.
BLACKCAPS Teams vs India: Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Glenn Phillips, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Blair Tickner .
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