New Zealand have selected an experienced line-up for their three Tests in Australia in November-December, with no new faces in the touring squad named on Friday (September 11).
Several players, including Brendon McCullum and Tim Southee, who missed the recent tour of Africa, returned to the 15-man squad, while Ross Taylor, Trent Boult and Corey Anderson were also back in the side after recovering from injuries.
Anderson was one of two allrounders in the mix, along with Jimmy Neesham, who returned to the Test squad after January, as New Zealand tweaked the balance of their squad for the tour following seven consecutive series without defeat.
Mike Hesson, the coach, said the ability of Anderson and Neesham with the ball persuaded the selectors to carry only four frontline fast bowlers – Southee, Boult, Matt Henry and Doug Bracewell. “A lot of our recent success has been based on the value of our No. 6 batsman bowling some overs, and we’re comfortable continuing in that vein,” explained Hesson. “Rather than having an extra fast bowler not playing in Australia, we thought it more prudent for those in contention to remain in New Zealand and be playing domestic cricket.”
Mark Craig was the sole spinner in the squad, while Luke Ronchi retained his place as the backup wicketkeeper to BJ Watling.
New Zealand begin the three-match series in Brisbane on November 5 before heading to Perth for the second Test. The series will climax with the historic day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval beginning on November 27.
Squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.