ENG vs NZ 2022: New Zealand have announced a 15-man squad for the two-match Test series against England starting on June 2 at Lord’s. New Zealand have named Henry Nicholls and Trent Boult in the 15-men squad, though their availability is doubtful in the first test.
Nicholls has been recovering from a calf injury that he sustained in training before leaving New Zealand & has not played any warm-up match ahead of the three-match Test series. On the other hand, Trent Boult will arrive in the UK later on Monday, directly taking a flight from Ahmedabad where he played the IPL 2022 Final on May 29, Sunday.
Michael Bracewell has been included as cover to the squad for Nicholls, who has also spent time in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 in the first week of the tour. Bracewell has yet to be capped in Tests, with Daryl Mitchell likely to bat at No. 5 if Nicholls is unfit.
New Zealand were already aware that Boult will miss the first Test due to his IPL commitments with RR which reached the final & thus the board has named various options who can take Boult’s place in the first test. Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson are likely to feature, with Colin de Grandhomme adding depth as a seam-bowling allrounder.
Trent Boult has earlier missed the two-match New Zealand Test series held in England in 2021 but later returned to the team for the WTC final as a part of New Zealand’s workload management policy. Speaking on Trent Boult’s unavailability in the first Test, Gary Stead said that managing the available resources was a situation he was used to.
“Trent arrives in later today and we’ll see how he scrubs up but I’ve had conversations with Trent leading up into this,” Stead said.
“It’s part of the world and the way it is right now and I guess with the complexity of putting schedules together and then you have the IPL on top of that, it just adds another layer to it all.
“We’ve been through this before with different players. I guess it’s not something that’s new to us and we’ll deal with that tomorrow and work out what’s best for us going forward with Trent Boult in particular.”
Speaking on Nicholls’s unavailability, Stead said, “At the moment, we think it’s unlikely that Henry will play. Obviously, with the Covid, that just put him back a week or so from where we were wanting but he is progressing really well. At the moment, I think he’s an unlikely starter so we will hold Michael Bracewell here as extra cover within the squad.”
Meanwhile, Jacob Duffy, Blair Tickner, Rachin Ravindra, and Hamish Rutherford have been released from New Zealand’s initial 20-player squad.
ENG vs NZ 2022: New Zealand Test squad:
Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Blundell (wk), Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Cam Fletcher (wk), Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Will Young, *Michael Bracewell
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