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Graeme Cremer named as captain for New Zealand Test series

Graeme Cremer named as captain for New Zealand Test series
Graeme Cremer also led Zimbabwe in the recently concluded limited overs series against India.
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Zimbabwe limited overs captain Graeme Cremer has been picked to lead the 16-man Test squad which will face off against New Zealand in the upcoming two-match series.

Uncapped batsman Prince Masvaure has been called up to the side while Vusi Sibanda, Elton Chigumbura and Malcolm Waller have been dropped.

Masvaure had caught the eyes of the selectors with 277 runs at an average of 92.33 from four innings for Zimbabwe A against South Africa A in the recent unofficial Test series.

Fast bowler Tinashe Panyangara, who has not yet recovered from a back injury, has been ruled out of the series and Zimbabwe have called up pacers Njabulo Ncube and Donald Tiripano to the side.

Batsmen Chamu Chibhabha and Peter Moor and fast bowler Taurai Muzarabani – all of whom are yet to play Test cricket, have been named in the squad.

Right-handed Batsman Tino Mawoyo, who last played international cricket for Zimbabwe in 2014 has been recalled, while Sean Williams also finds a place in the side.

Zimbabwe’s last Test series was against Bangladesh in 2014 and it was in August 2014 that they last played a Test match at home, against South Africa.

The two-match Test series between Zimbabwe and New Zealand will begin with the first game on 28th July in Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe squad for New Zealand Tests

Graeme Cremer (capt), Sikandar Raza, Regis Chakabva, Brian Chari, Tendai Chatara, Chamu Chibhabha, Craig Ervine, Hamilton Masakadza, Prince Masvaure, Tino Mawoyo, Peter Moor, Richmond Mutumbami, Taurai Muzarabani, Njabulo Ncube, Donald Tiripano, Sean Williams

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