New Zealand on Tuesday announced squads for their limited-overs series against Ireland, Scotland & Netherlands in July & August. New Zealand handed a maiden call-up to former Netherlands player Michael Rippon for the crucial limited-overs tour of Ireland, Scotland & Netherlands.
According to the NZC media release, Rippon is the first specialist left-arm wrist-spinner to be selected for the national side. Tom Latham & Mitchell Santner will lead the side jointly in these limited-overs tours. First Tom Latham will lead the side in the ODI series against Ireland in Dublin & after its completion, he will return back to New Zealand with Henry Nicholls, Matt Henry, Will Young, and Jacob Duffy. Later, Allrounder Mitchell Santner will take over the captaincy for the remaining tours of Scotland & Netherlands
Rippon is part of the contingent that will play three T20Is against Ireland, and the limited-overs series against Scotland and the Netherlands, for whom he played for in the past. For the unversed in 2013, Rippon had moved from South Africa to New Zealand to play for Otago. He has played 31 international games for the Netherlands and recently played against New Zealand in three ODIs at Bay Oval and Seddon Park in March.
Rippon can play for a completely new team after playing for an old team due to a provision of ICC which allows players to represent an Affiliate or Associate nation while still being available for selection by Full Members. However, once they have been listed on an international match team sheet for a Full Member nation they cannot go back to play for the Affiliate or Associate for three years.
Speaking about Rippon’s selection, the selector said, “Michael Rippon thoroughly deserves his selection after consistent performances domestically for many seasons now. His left-arm wrist spin is a point of difference and he also offers some punch down the order with the bat.”
Meanwhile, Kane Williamson’s cousin Dane Cleaver who is currently playing the England Test series is another uncapped player who has been picked in both the T20I squads. Earlier this year, he was picked for the one-off T20I against the Netherlands in Napier but that match was abandoned due to bad weather.
Another bunch of star players who will join the touring squad from the Ireland series will be Mark Chapman, Jimmy Neesham, Daryl Mitchell, and Ben Sears. On the other as a part of workload management, Williamson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Devon Conway will return to New Zealand following the England Test series. They will not feature in the white-ball series against Ireland, Scotland & Netherlands & will directly return for the white-ball tour of West Indies in August ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia in October.
Pacer, Adam Milne who is returning from a hamstring injury will feature in both ODI & T20Is. He will play an ODI nearly after five years, while Glenn Phillips who hasn’t featured in the ODI format yet received a maiden call-up to the ODI squad for the first time. Opener Finn Allen and seamer Ben Sears could also make their ODI debuts, having already played a handful of T20Is.
Head Coach Gary Stead will take a short break after the England Test series with Shane Jurgensen leading the coaching staff for the Ireland leg of the tour with Luke Ronchi and former England international Luke Wright.
After the completion of the Ireland tour, Jurgensen and Ronchi will then fly home, with Stead returning as head coach to be joined by Graeme Aldridge (bowling), Dean Brownlie (batting), and Wright (fourth coach) for the Scotland, Netherlands and West Indies series.
New Zealand will first play three ODIs and three T20Is against Ireland from July 10, & later will feature in two T20Is and a one-off ODI against Scotland in Edinburgh from July 27. After the completion of the Scotland series, New Zealand will play two T20Is against the Netherlands in Amsterdam on August 4 and 5. The Ireland-bound squad will depart for Ireland on July 3.
England ODI squad for Ireland:
Tom Latham (capt&wk), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Dane Cleaver (wk), Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Will Young
England Squad for Ireland T20Is, Scotland, and the Netherlands series:
Mitchell Santner (capt), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver (wk), Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Michael Rippon, Ben Sears, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner