Tuesday, December 1, 2015

New Zealand named the 12 man Test squad to play against Sri Lanka

Spin-bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner will remain in New Zealand's 12-man squad for the two-Test series against Sri Lanka after an impressive debut in the third and final Test against Australia.

The Hamilton-born 23-year-old, who bats left-handed and bowls left-arm spin, replaced seamer Matt Henry for the inaugural day-night Test at the Adelaide Oval, taking two wickets and scoring 76 runs in tough conditions for batsmen.

New Zealand, who were beaten 2-0 in a hard-fought three-match series against Australia, host Sri Lanka in the first test in Dunedin from December 10, with the second in Hamilton a week later.

All 12 of the squad toured Australia.

Selectors have backed opening batsman Martin Guptill to dig himself out of his form slump and have also retained spinner Mark Craig, who endured a tough tour.

"Mark and Martin didn't perform to the level they would have liked over in Australia, but both have shown in the past what they're capable of and we're confident they'll make valuable contributions in the upcoming series," Hesson said.

All-rounders Corey Anderson and Jimmy Neesham were not available for selection due to fitness issues, while Henry, Luke Ronchi and Hamish Rutherford were released from the squad to return to their domestic sides.  

New Zealand Test squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Mark Craig, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.