Southampton: Ajaz Patel has been included as the specialist spinner in the New Zealand squad for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India which gets underway from Friday.
New Zealand on Tuesday confirmed their 15-man squad for the inaugural ICC WTC final at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton from June 18-22.
Colin de Grandhomme the all-rounder, Will Young the specialist batting cover and Tom Blundell, the backup wicket-keeper have also been named in the New Zealand squad.
Doug Bracewell, Jacob Duffy, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra and Mitchell Santner are the five players who will drop out from the original 20-player touring squad for the England Test series.
Commenting on the squad selection, New Zealand coach Gary Stead said,” There’s had to be some tough calls with Mitchell and Daryl victims of the fierce competition we currently have for places in the Test side.
“We’ve gone with Ajaz as our specialist spinner after an impressive outing at Edgbaston and we believe he could be a factor at the Ageas Bowl.
“Colin’s been an integral member of our Test set-up for many years and it was great to see him return at Lord’s after a long injury lay-off. He’s a proven performer at the top level and we back him to do a job with the bat or the ball if called upon.
“Kane and BJ have certainly benefitted from their week of rest and rehabilitation and we expect them to be fit and available for the final. Playing in a World Cup Final is a really special occasion and I know the guys are looking forward to getting into their work here in Southampton.”
“India are a world class outfit who possess match winners all through their line-up, so we’re under no illusion about how tough they will be to beat,” he mentioned.
New Zealand WTC final squad: Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Will Young, BJ Watling, Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Ajaz Patel, Trent Boult, Matt Henry.