May 22, 2022

Under-staffed New Zealand team to head for India tour

File photo of New Zealand players during a test match at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. (Photo by MICHAEL BRADLEY / AFP via Getty Images)

By: Sattwik Biswal

NEW ZEALAND will start their test run against India without pace spearhead Trent Boult and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme and with a number of players missing out on training due to Covid-19 blockages.

Boult and De Grandhomme opted out of the two-test tour due to “bubble” fatigue and the prospect of having to spend 14 days self-isolating in the mandatory quarantine of New Zealand hotels.

Coach Gary Stead said Boult had already spent most of the 60 days in controlled segregation this year, while De Grandhomme had been on the road since May.

“From discussions with the two players, it was clear that the best option for them was not to go on this test tour and instead focus on preparing for the New Zealand summer,” he said. he declares.

Four of the 15 players named on Friday – Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel and Will Somerville – have had no match training with Covid outbreaks preventing them from playing in the top-class Plunket Shield competition.

Will Young, who has battled a wrist injury, will also go into cold.

Stead said he hopes to bring the players home to the UAE for a camp with other team members after the T20 World Cup, but logistics have ruled him out.

“It’s unfortunate that these guys haven’t played a lot of cricket, but one thing I know is that they’ll be fresh when they get there, they’ll be anxious to go and that is always good too, ”he said.

The teams will face off for the first time since New Zealand defeated India to win the inaugural World Trials Championship in Southampton in June.

New Zealand has included five players capable of bowling, including uncapped 21-year-old Rachin Ravindra.

Reserve wicket keeper Glenn Phillips was recalled to the squad for the first time since his first Test against Australia in Sydney in January 2020.

The first test will take place in Kanpur from November 25, the second in Mumbai from December 3.

The T20 team will also travel to India for short matches in preparation.

Stead said some of the T20 World Cup players who are also on the test squad, including captain Kane Williamson, could take a rest from the T20 preseason games in India.

“I’ve pointed that out to these guys who are in these situations before and I guess we’ll just let the World Cup go first,” he said.

New Zealand will face Namibia in Sharjah later on Friday in the T20 World Cup.

Test team:

Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell, 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.