Kiwis announce squad for WC warm-up series versus Australia
Kiwis flamboyant opener Tom Latham will skipper a 13-man squad against Australia for a three-match World Cup warm-up series in Brisbane which is to be held next month. It is indeed a good opportunity for both the teams to experiment in these games so much so that they would get as many as ideas on how to spice it up in the mega event to be held in England and Wales.
New Zealand announced their World Cup squad only last week and interestingly, nine members from that side will not be a part of the warm-up series. Team’s main man Ross Taylor is busy with county duties with Middlesex while other players are in India for their Indian Premier League duties.
“It’s an exciting challenge ahead of this group who I know will relish the chance to take on the Australians at home,” Cricket.com.au quoted New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen as saying.
“The matches will be a stern test and provide quality preparation for those players bound for England and a great opportunity for the rest of the squad to show their wares,” he added.
On the contrary, Australia are yet to announce their team for the warm-up series including the side for the mega tournament. Three-match warm-up series is scheduled to be played on May 5, 7 and 9.
New Zealand XI squad:
Tom Latham (captain), Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wicket-keeper), Doug Bracewell, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Hamish
Rutherford, Blair Tickner, George Worker and Will Young.