New Zealand have announced their 12-member squad for the forthcoming home series against West Indies. West Indies is set to play a three-day practice game against New Zealand-A side that will be played on 25th November. The side will include key player as Adam Milne, Lockie Ferguson and Scott Kuggeleijn will have a chance to impress the selectors in the game. BJ Watling has been named in the squad despite suffering a hip injury. All players in the squad will take part in the domestic competition named Plunkett Shield.
New Zealand chief selector Gavin Larsen said that the squad selected is a settled one with all players in reasonable form. Larsen said that BJ Watling is the doubtful for the first game while the rest of the players in the squad are fit and available. New Zealand will be keen to draw first blood in the first game of the series at Basin Reserve against West Indies.
Chief selector Gavin Larsen said that A-side includes a lot of talented players in the setup. New Zealand squad is a decent one while A-side provides plenty of options with quality players coming up the ranks from the domestic circuit. New Zealand A side has quality bowlers in the lineup who will be keen to make their mark in the national side. It will be good contest as A-side will face West Indies in the warm-up game. The national side will start their practice for the first test from 28th December.
New Zealand Test squad for 1st Test against West Indies: The 12-man squad for the hosts for the first test against West Indies is as follows:
Kane Williamson (c),Trent Boult ,Colin de Grandhomme, Tom Latham, Jeet Raval, Henry Nicholls, Matt Henry, Mitchell Santner, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Tim Southee