Auckland: Along with New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, Trent Boult has been called up to the New Zealand squad for the T20 series against Pakistan. These two will be available on the squad for the final two games of the three-game series. The first game will be played on December 18. The second game will be played on December 20 and the third on December 22.
However, Ross Taylor was not selected for the squad. Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway have been added to the squad. In the first T20 game, Mitchell Santner was named team captain.
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New Zealand Cricket (NZC) said: “The T20 series only starts after three days of the test match played in Wellington. Williamson and Bolt will be available for the second and third matches with Tim Southee, Kyle Jameson and Darley Mitchell ‘.
Selector Gavin Larsen said it was the most difficult selection he made.
He said: “There was a selection issue due to form, injuries and the overlap of the heats.”
He said: “ It’s fantastic to send players like Kane and Bolt back to the squad. These two are not part of the series played against the West Indies. Williamson will captain the team in games two and three, but we’ll certainly have to wait for the birth of Williamson and Sarah’s first child. Mark Chapman has been selected for the first game to play at Eden Park. He will remain standing for Williamson in the remaining matches of the series.
Lockie Ferguson was also not selected for the squad due to injury.
New Zealand Team – For the first T20: Mitchell Santner (Captain), Todd Astley, Doug Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Jacob Duffy, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuglejine, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (Wicketkeeper), Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner.
New Zealand team – for the second and third T20: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astley, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jameson, Scott Kuglejin, Darley Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (goalkeeper counter), Ish Sodhi, Tim Saudi.