Boult and fast bowler Colin de Grandhomme decided to skip the tour, after being in several bio-bubbles for a long time.
“Boult and Colin de Grandhomme have made themselves unavailable for selection due to the prospect of spending more time in bio-secure bubbles and managed isolation,” the official New Zealand Cricket website said.
Black Caps head coach Gary Stead said the welfare of the players remains paramount.
“Trent has already spent the better part of 60 days in difficultly managed isolation this year, while Colin was on the road from May until his recent return from Pakistan.
“From discussions with both players it was clear that the best option for them was to be left out of this test tour and instead focus on preparing for the summer at home in New Zealand,” Stead said.
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The Blackcaps will travel with five spinners, including the veteran trio of Ajaz Patel, Will Somerville and Mitchell Santner. They will be supported by youngsters Rachin Ravindra and Glenn Phillips.
The spinning heavy offense makes sense as the conditions for the series opener (Kanpur, Nov. 25-29) and the second test (Mumbai, Dec. 3-7) should suit slower bowlers.
The rest of the team has a familiar feel with the regular top five in the Test and Will Young filling the batting positions. Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Kyle Jamieson are the pace options.
Glenn Phillips was selected in the Test squad for the first time since making his debut against Australia as a late substitute in 2020 when the Blackcaps side were hit with illness on the eve of the New Year’s Test in Sydney .
Ravindra, 21, made his New Zealand debut in a T20I against Bangladesh in September and, although he toured England with the Test team earlier this year, he is yet to feature in the longest form of the match.
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Patel and Somerville are expected to lead the rotational attack and have a particularly impressive record when playing together, combining for 28 wickets in their three tests as teammates: against Pakistan in Abu Dhabi in 2018 and Sri Lanka in Galle and Colombo in 2019.
The India Test series will be the first for New Zealand without stalwart wicketkeeper BJ Watling since retiring after the WTC final victory in England. Tom Blundell is about to take over the test gloves.
Stead said they took a horse-for-course approach when selecting the tour team.
“Shooting in India is one of cricket’s greatest experiences and I know our guys are really looking forward to the challenge. have a range of options in that department,” Stead mentioned.
The coach is confident that the New Zealand spinners would do well.
“The success of our spinners on recent tours of the sub-continent has been encouraging and we hope they can feature prominently again.
“It’s really exciting to start the second leg of the WTC and we know there will be extra incentive for all the teams we face after our victory in the inaugural competition.”
Team: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell (wk), Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Will Young, Neil Wagner