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Wednesday, July 24, 2024

World Cup New Zealand Squad

Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham, previously absent from central contracts, have found their way into New Zealand's 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup in India, announced on Monday. The squad, led by the ever-reliable Kane Williamson, boasts a wealth of experience. Williamson, who last graced the Black Caps in March, returns to the side while still on the path to full recovery from a ruptured ACL sustained during this year's IPL campaign. The question of his fitness looms over New Zealand's opening match against England, also the tournament opener, scheduled for October 5.

New Zealand carries the memory of a heart-wrenching loss to England in the 2019 World Cup final at Lord's, decided by boundary count after a thrilling Super Over failed to separate the teams. This marks Williamson and seasoned pacer Tim Southee's fourth appearance in an ODI World Cup, with both having previously participated in the 2011 edition held in India. Joining the experienced duo are Boult, Matt Henry, and Tom Latham, all making their third ODI World Cup appearance. Latham will take up the role of Williamson's deputy.

The squad retains all-round talents such as the ever-reliable Neesham, Lockie Ferguson, Mitchell Santner, and Ish Sodhi, who will be part of their second consecutive 50-over World Cup campaign. Fresh faces earning their maiden call-up for the marquee 50-over event include Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, and Glenn Phillips, all of whom have previously featured in T20 World Cup squads. Additionally, spin all-rounder Rachin Ravindra and batter Will Young have secured their positions in their inaugural senior white-ball World Cup squads. Notably absent are pacer Adam Milne, sidelined with a hamstring injury, and opener Finn Allen.

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