New Zealand name squad for Windies tour
Wellington, New Zealand — Wellington Firebirds wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi and Otago Volts off-spinner Mark Craig are the new caps named today in the BLACKCAPS squad for the tour to the West Indies starting later next month.
The pair’s selection is the highlight of the 15-strong squad named today to play three Tests in Jamaica, Trinidad and Guyana in June.
The BLACKCAPS selectors have gone for two spinners, two all-rounders and only three pace bowlers in what will be spin-friendly conditions in the Caribbean.
BLACKCAPS Test squad for tour to the West Indies:
Brendon McCullum (c) – Otago Volts
Corey Anderson – Northern Knights
Trent Boult – Northern Knights
Mark Craig – Otago Volts
Peter Fulton – Canterbury Wizards
Tom Latham – Canterbury Wizards
James Neesham – Otago Volts
Luke Ronchi – Wellington Firebirds
Hamish Rutherford – Otago Volts
Ish Sodhi – Northern Knights
Tim Southee – Northern Knights
Ross Taylor – Central Stags
Neil Wagner – Otago Volts
BJ Watling – Northern Knights
Kane Williamson – Northern Knights
BLACKCAPS Head Coach Mike Hesson says Ronchi, a regular member of the BLACKCAPS limited overs teams but making his debut in the Test squad, has been named as the back-up keeper with Tom Latham included purely as a specialist batsman.