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George Worker replaces Tim Southee in New Zealand squad for 1st Test

Tim Southee, who will be unavailable for the first Test against West Indies in Wellington as he awaits the birth of his second child, has been replaced by George Worker in the New Zealand cricket team.

cricket Updated: Nov 29, 2017 12:14 IST
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George Worker has played just four ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals and he could be in line for a Test debut against West Indies in the Wellington Test.(Getty Images)

All-rounder George Worker has been added to New Zealand’s squad ahead of the first Test against West Indies starting Friday.

Worker, who has played six limited-overs matches for his country, replaces paceman Tim Southee. Southee is unavailable for the clash in Wellington due to the birth of his child.

“Obviously there are things more important than cricket and we support Tim and his decision to stay with his family right now,” Black Caps selector Gavin Larsen said. “George will join the Test squad for the first time on the back of his form in first-class cricket over the past couple of seasons.”

Worker, 28, averages 29.63 with the bat and 65.49 with the ball in 82 first-class matches.

First Published: Nov 29, 2017 12:13 IST