New Zealand has announced its squad for the ICC World Test Championship final against India to be played in Southampton, England. A 15-man squad has been announced for this final, considered to be the World Cup of Tests, which includes the names of captain Kane Williamson and wicketkeeper BJ Watling. Both were ruled out due to injury before the second match against England.
The biggest relief for New Zealand is that two experienced players of the team are said to be available to play this match. For the first time, ICC has organized such a big tournament of Test cricket. Prior to this great match, the New Zealand captain had to be ruled out of the second match against England due to an elbow injury. At the same time, wicketkeeper Watling, who will come to play the last match of his international career, was also injured.
New Zealand's team has reached Southampton from Birmingham to play the final match. After arriving here, the team's coach Gary Stead gave an update on the injury to captain Williamson and wicketkeeper Watling. That said, Kane and BJ certainly have the benefit of rest and rehab this week. We are hoping that both the players will be fit and available to play in the final.
Blundell was included in the playing XI after wicketkeeper Watling was ruled out of the second Test against England due to injury. He has been retained in the 15-man squad announced for the final against India. He is included in the team as a backup wicketkeeper.
New Zealand team
Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Dwayne Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Will Young
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