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New Zealand bring back Boult, Jamieson for England ODIs

Last updated on 09 Aug 2023 | 04:33 AM
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New Zealand bring back Boult, Jamieson for England ODIs

The left-arm seamer is likely to play the ODI World Cup, after signing a "casual playing agreement" with New Zealand Cricket earlier this year

Trent Boult and Kyle Jamieson have been included in the New Zealand squad for the four-match ODI series in England, the board announced on Wednesday (August 9). Boult last played an ODI in September 2022.

The left-arm seamer, who has been playing a lot of franchise cricket of late, was left out by the Black Caps last year after turning down a central contract to play in Australia's lucrative Big Bash League.

The 34-year-old is now back in the squad and on course to play at October's ODI World Cup in India, after signing a "casual playing agreement" with New Zealand Cricket earlier this year. Boult has 187 wickets in 99 ODIs at an average of 23.97 and a strike rate of 29.1. 

Meanwhile, Jamieson has also recovered from his back injury and will play his first international encounter after over a year. The tall fast bowler hasn’t played an ODI since April 2022. 

"We're delighted to include Kyle in this squad alongside his earlier selection for the T20 squads to play the UAE and England. He's been working extremely hard on his rehabilitation following back surgery and we're looking forward to seeing him back playing on the international stage,” said head coach Gary Stead.

"It's also great to welcome Trent back into our ODI unit as he begins his preparation towards the World Cup in India."

Tom Latham will lead the ODI squad in Kane Williamson’s absence. However, the latter will travel with the squad to England and continue his rehabilitation following surgery on his ruptured anterior cruciate ligament.

Spin-bowling all-rounder Michael Bracewell continues to be unavailable, while Mark Chapman and Jimmy Neesham will miss the series for the births of their first children. Ish Sodhi will play the four-match T20I series before returning back to New Zealand to spend time with his family.

"England has been an impressive white ball side for quite some time and we're excited to be taking them on at home on the eve of the World Cup. We've obviously had a history of great games against them and I'm sure the four matches will provide all the usual drama and excitement,” said Stead.

"It should be a really competitive series and I know the group will be looking forward to returning to play at the likes of The Oval and Lord's once again."

After playing four ODIs in England, New Zealand will travel to Bangladesh in late September to play three more 50-over games.

ODI squad: Tom Latham (c), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Will Young.

The Black Caps also announced a squad for the T20I series against UAE and England. New Zealand will first play three T20Is in UAE next week before playing four more against England, starting August 30. 

New Zealand will be without Lockie Ferguson and Henry Shipley for the UAE series and have added Blair Tickner and Ben Lister to the squad. While Shipley suffered a back injury while playing for Sussex, Ferguson is currently playing in The Hundred. Ferguson, however, will be back for the England series.

T20I squad: Tim Southee (c), Finn Allen, Adi Ashok, Chad Bowes, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Dean Foxcroft, Matt Henry, Ben Lister, Kyle Jamieson, Cole McConchie, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Will Young.

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