New Zealand cricket team is all set to play their T20 series against Sri Lanka without the skipper Kane Williamson. The T20 series will start from 1st Septemeber at Palleke.
New Zealand Cricket Board have decided to rest Williamson and announced Trent Boult and Tim Southee as captain.
Southee played just a solitary ODI in the World Cup but returned to the playing XI for the first Test recently that his side lost.
“Kane and Trent played an enormous role in our recent World Cup campaign and with a big summer ahead, we see it as a good opportunity to give them a rest,” – Selector Gavin Larsen said.
The spinning trio Todd Astle, Ish Sodhi, and Mitchell Santner are in the squad and the wicket-keeper Tim Seifert has returned to the bunch, who suffered a serious finger injury earlier this year.
Batsman Tom Bruce, who hasn’t played a T20 since February 2018 has been selected. And the seamer Doug Bracewell who was a part of the squad for the games against India at home earlier this year has been left out with Seth Rance coming in as the replacement
“Following that amazing ride in the ODI World Cup, it’s exciting to begin setting our sights on another world event. The series in Sri Lanka will be a challenging one against a team who are tough to beat in their own conditions. Our T20 team has been pretty consistent over the past couple of years and we’re really happy with the power and versatility we have in this squad.” – Gavin Larsen added.
Revised New Zealand T20 Squad For New Zealand Tour Of Sri Lanka 2019:
- Tim Southee (C)
- Todd Astle
- Tom Bruce
- Colin de Grandhome
- Lockie Ferguson
- Martin Guptill
- Scott Kuggeleijn
- Daryl Mitchell
- Colin Munro
- Seth Rance
- Mitchell Santner
- Tim Seifert (WK)
- Ish Sodhi
- Ross Taylor