Nov 4 (Reuters) – New Zealand added five spinners to its 15-man squad on Thursday for the upcoming tour to India, while fast pitcher Trent Boult and all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme opted out of the two-round series. due to the prospect of more time in bio-bubbles.
The selectors chose the seasoned spinning trio of Ajaz Patel, Will Somerville and Mitchell Santner, as well as youngsters Rachin Ravindra and Glenn Phillips.
“Touring India is one of the best experiences in cricket … it’s fair to say that we expect favorable conditions for spin and it’s great to have a variety of options in this department,” said head coach Gary Stead.
Stead added that Boult had already spent most of the 60 days in controlled isolation this year, while de Grandhomme had been on the road since May.
“From talking to both players, it became clear that the best option for them was to stay out of this test tour and instead focus on being prepared for the summer at home to New Zealand,” he said.
The first test will be played in Kanpur from November 25 to 29, and Mumbai will host the second match from December 3 to 7.
The two sides contested the final of the World Test Championship in June, which the Kiwis won by eight wickets.
Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Will Young, Neil Wagner
Reporting by Dhruv Munjal in Bengaluru Edited by Toby Davis
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