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New Zealand has announced a 15-member squad for the World Test Championship final against India to be held in Southampton, England from June 18 to 22. New Zealand’s management has told that captain Kane Williamson and wicket-keeper batsman Tim Southee have become fit. Both these players did not play in the second match of the two-Test series against England.
Williamson battling elbow injury
Kane Williamson has been battling an elbow injury since the beginning of this year. Due to this he had to stay out of the series against Bangladesh. Also, he could not play in the Phase-1 initial matches of IPL-2021. On the other hand, wicket-keeper batsman BJ Watling was troubled by a back injury. Another wicket-keeper batsman Tom Blundell has also been named in the team. He is included as a cover for Watling.
Ayaz Patel preferred over Santner
New Zealand have preferred Ayaz Patel over Mitchell Santner as the spinner for the World Test Championship final. Patel took four wickets in the second Test against England. Daryl Mitchell, who played in that Test match, has been left out. Apart from them, Doug Bracewell, Jacob Duffy and Rachin Ravindra have also not found a place.
Kyle Jameson can bat at No.7
New Zealand coach Gary Stead has indicated that Kyle Jameson could bat at number 7 if the Kiwis go with five specialist bowlers. If the Kiwi team comes with four specialist bowlers, then Colin de Grandhomme can get a chance at number-7. However, Jameson has never batted at number-7 at Test level before.
can sit outside matt henry
Fast bowler Matt Henry was the man of the match in the second Test against England. But, he may have to sit out in the final of the Test Championship. There is little hope this time that New Zealand will keep any of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner and Kyle Jameson out of the playing 11. With them, a spinner is almost certain to get a chance. Matt Henry’s chances of getting a chance in this situation are slim.