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Tom Blundell to make Test debut for New Zealand against West Indies in Wellington

Tom Blundell will play his first Test on the home ground of his Wellington province for which he has scored four first class centuries, averaging 39.44, along with taking 95 catches.

cricket Updated: Nov 27, 2017 10:49 IST
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Tom Blundell will make his Test debut for New Zealand in the 1st match against West Indies in Wellington.(Twitter)

Wicketkeeper Tom Blundell will make his test debut on Friday for New Zealand against the West Indies in the first Test at the Basin Reserve after BJ Watling was ruled out with a hip injury.

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The 27-year-old Blundell will play his first test on the home ground of his Wellington province for which he has scored four first class centuries, averaging 39.44, along with taking 95 catches.

Selector Gavin Larsen says “the chance to play his first test at his home ground is going to be really special for him. Tom’s worked hard on his game and we’ve seen his wicketkeeping in particular really develop over the past 12 months.”

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Batsman Neil Broom is the only member of the team which played South Africa in New Zealand’s most-recent test to have missed selection. Broom will play for the New Zealand A team which will be captained by former test opener Martin Guptill.

Fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has also joined the New Zealand squad as cover for Tim Southee who is awaiting the birth of his first child.

First Published: Nov 27, 2017 10:49 IST