After producing impressive performances for New Zealand in the one-day series, pacer Kyle Jamieson has earned his maiden call-up to the Test side for the upcoming two-match series against India. Kylie Jamieson has shown consistency and produced splendid performances at the domestic circuit. He was instrumental with the ball to see New Zealand inflict a 3-0 whitewash over India in three-match one-day series.
Left-arm quick Trent Boult has fully recovered from injury after suffering from a broken hand on the Boxing Day Test played at Melbourne Cricket Ground. New Zealand’s premier bowler missed the one-day leg of the home series against India. The return of Boult will bolster the bowling resources for New Zealand. Besides Boult, Tim Southee and Neil Wagner have done well for the side in red-ball cricket. Uncapped pacer Kylie Jamieson is the fourth pace option for New Zealand for the upcoming two-match Test series against India.
Left-arm orthodox spinner Mitchell Santner has been dropped after not doing well that against Trans-Tasman rivals Australia. Left-arm slow orthodox spinner Ajaz Patel, who made a huge impression in his debut series for New Zealand in the UAE, has been included in the squad as premier spin option for this series. Opening batsman Jeet Raval, pacer Matt Henry have been dropped from the Test squad following their poor performances for New Zealand in Australia.
New Zealand is scheduled to play their opening Test against India at Basin Reserve in Wellington from 21st February. The home side will play the second and final game of the series at Hagley Oval in Christchurch from 29th February. It is interesting series to watch as New Zealand have maintained an excellent record in home conditions in red-ball cricket.
New Zealand Test squad for India series : Kane Williamson (captain), Henry Nicholls, BJ Watling, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Ross Taylor, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Ajaz Patel.