New Zealand announces squad against England –
Kyle Jamieson, the New Zealand all-rounder, has been named to the 14-man Test squad that will face England in a two-match series. Jamieson’s most recent international appearance was against England in the Nottingham Test, where he was forced off the field due to a back injury. Jamieson, who had been out for more than seven months, recently played T20 and List A cricket for Auckland.
Legspinner Ish Sodhi, who finished with 13 wickets in the Test series against Pakistan, was also retained by the New Zealand selectors. Michael Bracewell, an offspinner, is the squad’s second spinner, while Ajaz Patel was left out. New Zealand’s pace options include skipper Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Neil Wagner, Blair Tickner, and Jamieson.
New Zealand squad: Tim Southee (c), Michael Bracewell, Tom Blundell (wk), Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Kane Williamson, Will Young
The 30-year-old made an impressive Test debut in Pakistan, finishing as the series’ leading wicket-taker (13) while also contributing valuable runs at number eight.
Michael Bracewell, an off-spinner, is the squad’s other spin option, joining the pace bowling group of captain Tim Southee, Matt Henry, Jamieson, Neil Wagner, and Blair Tickner.
A smaller squad for home tours means that spinner Ajaz Patel and batsman Glenn Phillips, both of whom recently toured Pakistan, are out.