New Zealand is scheduled to face England in June and the team has started to prepare for those 2 Tests. New Zealand does not want to take any chance and has put together a 20-man squad for the Test at Lord’s. This team would be trimmed for World Test Championship and 15 out of 20 players will face India for the final at Southampton.
Devon Conway joins the team for his first test
New Zealand has added three new players to the team before they face England at Lord’s. One of these players is South Africa-born batsman Devon Conway. Conway has the experience of T20 and ODIs but it’s his first time when he has been included in the Test squad along with Wellington, all-rounder Rachin Ravindra and seamer Jacob Duffy.
Rachel has always been motivating for the team
Ravindra is amongst the most promising players of team New Zealand. He is a left-hand batsman and left-arm spin bowler. Ravindra made his debut for Wellington province when the player was 18. Since then he has scored three centuries and his career also boasts of 9 half-centuries at the first-class level. This list of centuries also includes his marvellous century for New Zealand playing against West Indies.
Rachin Ravindra has already been predicted to be a star player of the future. Since his Under-19 days, he has impressed the experts with his talent the coach Gary Stead said that they have been encouraged by the advancement in Rachin’s game not only as a batsman but as a great bowler too. The coach also added that he has all the qualities of a perfect opener but his expertise in the game also makes him suitable for the middle order. His prowess with the ball also makes him an “asset” for the team as a bowler.
Duffy is one consistent player
The last player added for the England Test is Duffy and his splendid bowling against Pakistan has earned this place. The player took 4 wickets for 33 runs in his debut T20 match against England and has never looked back since then.
Jacob Duffy is a consistent player on the domestic circuit and his ability to swing the ball makes him a perfect choice for England Test, according to Stead.
Players who need to cross a few hurdles
There was a rumour about Conway’s inclusion too but due to his immigration issues, the team has not taken a final call on the player yet. His addition to the team depends on immigration officials allowing him dispensation to return to New Zealand when the tour to England ends. Conway is still not a permanent resident of New Zealand which makes it impossible for him to return to the country as only returning citizens or permanent residents are allowed can enter the borders of New Zealand.
Colin de Grandhomme’s addition to the team also comes with terms and conditions. If he passes the test, he will join the team. Doug Bracewell also is sailing in the same boat and requires to pass a fitness test after sustaining a hip injury.