Wellington: Three new faces, including South Africa-born Devon Convoy, have been included in the New Zealand cricket team for the two-Test series against England in June. Convoy has represented New Zealand in T20 and ODI cricket but has been named in the Test team for the first time. All-rounder Rachin Ravindra and fast bowler Jacob Duffy are the other two new faces in the squad. New Zealand have selected a 20-member squad for the Test matches from June 2 at Lord's and June 10 at Edgbaston.
The team will be numbered 15 for the World Test Championship final against India at Southampton from 18 June. 21-year-old Ravindra is included in New Zealand's most promising talented players. The left-handed batsman and left-arm spinner made his debut for Wellington at the age of 18 and has scored three centuries and two half-centuries at the first-class level including a New Zealand A century against the West Indies.
Duffy took four wickets for 33 for his debut in T20 International cricket against Pakistan at Eden Park this year, for which he was adjudged Man of the Match. All-rounder Coleen Digrandholm, who underwent right ankle surgery in March last year, has been included in the squad but will have to pass a fitness test.
Fast bowler Doug Bracewell will also have to pass a fitness test. He is recovering from a hip injury. Veteran batsman Ross Taylor is also recovering from a hamstring injury. Captain Kane Williamson, all-rounder Mitchell Santner and fast bowlers Kyle Jameson and Trent Boult may be out of the first Test but it will depend on their Indian Premier League commitments.
The team is as follows: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Devon Convoy, Colin de Grandhom, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jameson, Tom Latham, Darryl Mitchell, Henry Nichols, Ejaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra , Michelle Santner, Tim Southee, Ros Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling and Will Young.