New Zealand’s Champions Trophy hopes have been boosted by the return from injury of Mitchell McClenaghan, Corey Anderson and Adam Milne.
The trio have been named by selectors Mike Hesson and Gavin Larsen in the 15-man squad for England following months of rehabilitation, and after demonstrating their fitness with their respective Indian Premier League sides.
McClenaghan has featured for the Mumbai Indians, Milne with the Royal Challengers Bangalore and all-rounder Anderson has returned to the bowling crease with the Delhi Daredevils.
The squad features five specialist batsmen, four pace bowlers, three seam-bowling all-rounders, two-spinners and a wicketkeeper.
Batsman Tom Latham will continue to provide an option behind the stumps.
“It’s been good to see all three back on the park and bowling; together they add a lot of experience to our squad. Mitch and Adam have been running in well, and Corey has shown he’ll be capable of providing an option with the ball,” said Hesson.
“We believe it’s an exciting squad; an experienced squad, and one that has the batting power and the bowling variations to prevail in a potentially high-scoring tournament.
“Having four all-rounders certainly helps with balance, and the return of Mitch and Adam will offer options with the new ball, through the middle of the innings, and in the death overs.”
Squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.