New Zealand named a 15-man squad for the three-Test series against England but said on Monday Henry Nicholls and Trent Boult were doubts for the opener at Lord’s. Nicholls is still recovering from a right calf injury, with New Zealand naming Michael Bracewell as the 16th man on the cover for best batsman.
Fast bowler Boult, meanwhile, is only expected to arrive in London on Monday after starring for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) final in Ahmedabad a day earlier. Jacob Duffy, Blair Tickner, Rachin Ravindra and Hamish Rutherford were released from the initial 20-man squad.
Captain Williamson, who left the IPL early to return home for the birth of his second child, has joined the team. New Zealand are the defending World Test champions. The first test begins on Thursday against an English side now coached by former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum.
NEW ZEALAND TEAM Kane Williamson (Captain), Tom Blundell (Wicketkeeper), Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Cam Fletcher (Wicketkeeper), Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Will Young, Michael Bracewell
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