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New Zealand announce squad for Test series against Sri Lanka

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Last updated on 02 Mar 2023 | 09:19 AM
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New Zealand announce squad for Test series against Sri Lanka

Along with the squad, the New Zealand Cricket Board also announced a T20I series against the United Arab Emirates in August

New Zealand Cricket Board have announced an unchanged 13-member squad for the two-Test matches against Sri Lanka at home starting from March 9 at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. 

The two Test matches are part of the ICC World Test Championship, where the defending champions are out of contention to qualify for the summit clash. 

Earlier in the week, New Zealand recorded a dramatic one-run win against England at home after being asked to follow-on, making it only the fourth time in the history of Test cricket for a team to win from this situation. 

The squad will be led by Tim Southee and features the same 13 members who were in the team for the series against England. 

Uncapped seamer Jacob Duffy, Ish Sodhi, and Kyle Jamieson are not part of the squad. The all-rounder has been out of action since July 2022 and will undergo back surgery as part of his rehabilitation planned by the medical team. 

New Zealand Cricket Board also announced a three-match T20I series against the United Arab Emirates on August 17, 19 and 20 as the squad stops over ahead of their white-ball series against England.

NZC chief David White said, "In terms of the global cricket family, it's important we keep helping each other and growing the game on an international scale. 

"NZC has a close relationship with the Emirates Cricket Board and our players are very familiar with the environment. I know the Blackcaps will be looking forward to testing themselves against a competitive UAE team," he concluded.

New Zealand Test against Sri Lanka: 

Tim Southee (Captain), Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Blair Tickner, Neil Wagner, Scott Kuggeleijn, Henry Nicholls, Kane Williamson, Will Young

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