Recalls for New Zealand cricket duo

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Recalls for New Zealand cricket duo

Mark Gillespie and Martin Guptill have been recalled to the New Zealand test cricket squad for the return matches against England next month.


Martin Guptill

MARK GILLESPIE and Martin Guptill have been recalled to the New Zealand test cricket squad for the return matches against England next month.

Canterbury batsman and backup wicketkeeper Tom Latham has also been named in a test squad for the first time.

New Zealand are set to play tests against England at Lord’s (London) and Headingley (Leeds).

Selectors have also picked ther squad for the one-day  series against England and the following ICC Champions Trophy.

Former Australian player Luke Ronchi has been selected, while Daniel Vettori and Mitchell McClenaghan return from injury.

New Zealand will play three ODIs and two Twenty20s.

The Blacks Caps performed above expectations in the recent tests against England, squaring the series 0-0, and selection boss Kim Littlejohnn said they were spoilt for choice.

“It was great to see how many players took their opportunities. Performances from the likes of Hamish Rutherford, Mitchell McClenaghan and Peter Fulton have added real depth to the side,” he told Fairfax NZ.

“The ODI squad has a core group of players who have now played in a number of international tournaments and bring a wealth of experience.

“Having Daniel Vettori back in the side adds to that, and we’re really excited to have someone of his quality back in the team.

“Luke Ronchi gets his chance after impressing on the domestic scene. We know how dangerous he is and look forward to seeing him display his talents on the international stage.”

Guptill missed the England tests with injury, while Gillespie had forced his way back in after strong efforts for Wellington.

“Martin has proven himself to be a world-class performer before, and we’re thrilled to have back in the side,” coach Mike Hesson said.

“He’s worked hard on his rehab to make sure he’s fit and we know he’s eager to get out and represent his country again.

“Mark has been dominant in the domestic competitions this season and fully deserves his spot in the test side. He finished the equal top wicket-taker in the Plunket Shield this season and knows the international scene well, so we know he has the ability.”

The tour to England will start on May 4 with a warmup match against Derbyshire.

Test squad: 

Brendon McCullum (c), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Peter Fulton, Martin Guptill, Mark Gillespie, Tom Latham, Bruce Martin, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.

ODI and ICC Champions Trophy squad:

Brendon McCullum (c), Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Andrew Ellis, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori, Kane Williamson.