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New Zealand announce squad for Australian series

New Zealand announce squad for Australian series
The New Zealand selectors on Friday announced an experienced 15-man squad for the three-match Test series against Australia which begins in November.
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The New Zealand selectors on Friday announced an experienced 15-man squad for the three-match Test series against Australia which begins in November.

The squad will be led by Brendon McCullum, who makes a comeback after opting out of New Zealand's tours of South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Ross Taylor, Trent Boult and Corey Anderson are also back in the squad after recovering from injury.

Tim Southee will be leading the pace attack which also includes Boult, Matt Henry and Doug Bracewell along with two all-rounders in Anderson and James Neesham.

BJ Watling will don the gloves while Luke Ronchi has been named as the back-up wicket-keeper.

Ish Sodhi has been left out of the squad despite impressing in South Africa and Zimbabwe as the selectors have decided to go with the lone spinner in Mark Craig.

While making the announcement, New Zealand coach Mike Hesson expressed confidence in the abilities of Neesham and Anderson, which prompted the selectors to go with just four fast bowlers.

"A lot of our recent success has been based on the value of our number six batsman bowling some overs, and we're comfortable continuing in that vein," Hesson said.

"Rather than having an extra fast bowler not playing in Australia, we thought it more prudent for those in contention to remain in New Zealand and be playing domestic cricket."

The three-match Test series, which begins on 5th November, will also feature a day-night Test for the first time in Adelaide on 27th November.

New Zealand squad for the Australian tour:

Brendon McCullum (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson

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