On Thursday, February 2, New Zealand Cricket (NZC) announced a 14-player Test squad for the upcoming series against England National Cricket Team and the 28-year-old pacer Kyle Jamieson has returned to the squad.
Jamieson has been selected in the squad for the first time since he was ruled out of last year’s England Test Tour with a back injury. The two-match Test series between the BlackCaps and the Three Lions will be played from February 16 to 20 at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui and from February 24 to 28 at the Basin Reserve, Wellington. Notably, the first Test will be a pink-ball day-night Test.
The senior leg-spinner Ish Sodhi has retained his place in the Test squad while the off-spinner Ajaz Patel and batter Glenn Phillips have been dropped.
Also, the wicketkeeper-batter Tom Blundell and pacer Matt Henry had finished the Pakistan Tour with injuries, but they are expected to become match-fit ahead of the England series.
Meanwhile, the batting coach of the BlackCaps Luke Ronchi has taken a break for the first Test and he will join the squad in the second Test. In his absence, Auckland Aces head coach Doug Watson will join the squad as batting coach.
Kyle is a very determined character with a strong desire to play international cricket – Gary Stead
New Zealand National Cricket Team head coach Gary Stead has said that the pacer Kyle Jamieson is a determined character, who has a strong desire to represent the side at the highest level.
“Kyle is a very determined character with a strong desire to play international cricket for New Zealand,” said Stead
“Since he was forced from the field in Nottingham he’s been very clear that he wants to get his body right to return.
“He’s reported good progress since his return to professional cricket with Auckland and he will get the opportunity to play some long-form cricket as part of the New Zealand XI Squad to face England in their warm-up match next week at Seddon Park.”
While talking about Ish Sodhi, Stead said that the leg-spinner was highly impactful both with bat and ball in his comeback Test series against Pakistan.
“Ish really impressed us with his approach with bat and ball. He’s worked very hard on both in recent years and it was great to see that on the international Test stage.”
New Zealand Squad For Test Series vs England:
Tim Southee (c), Michael Bracewell, Tom Blundell (wk), Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell , Henry Nicholls, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, Will Young.