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New Zealand will play tests against England at Lord’s and Edgbaston in June; Devon Conway is joined in the squad by two other uncapped players in versatile Rachin Ravindra and swing pitcher Jacob Duffy; the team will be reduced to 15 players before the final of the test world championship

Last updated: 08/04/21 7:27 am

Devon Conway qualified for New Zealand on residential pitches in August

South African batsman Devon Conway is one of three uncapped players named to New Zealand’s 20-man test squad for the upcoming England tour on Thursday.

Conway, who was cleared to play for the Black Caps on residential courts last August, is joined on the squad for games at Lord’s and Edgbaston in June by versatile Rachin Ravindra and swing pitcher Jacob Duffy.

The squad will be reduced to 15 players ahead of the World Testing Championship final against India at the Rose Bowl in Southampton later in June, New Zealand Cricket said.

Conway has worked his way up the international rankings with a torrent of races since moving to New Zealand in 2017, and started his first century one-day international against Bangladesh in Wellington last month.

The 29-year-old left-handed batsman was only guaranteed a spot on the squad last week after being granted his permanent residence, without which he could not have returned to New Zealand after the tour.

Conway is the most likely of the three uncapped players to make their test debuts on the tour, with Kane Williamson’s side in great shape during the summer at home with a series of sweeps over the West Indies and Pakistan.

Ravindra, who combines a high or middle stick with a left arm finger spin, is only 21, while Duffy is expected to fight his way through a top-notch bowling attack.

Paceman Doug Bracewell was recalled almost five years after his last test but will have to prove he has recovered from a hip injury before boarding the plane.

“Doug is a match winner and we are sure he will enjoy playing bowling on English pitches in June,” said coach Gary Stead.

All-rounder Colin De Grandhomme will also take a fitness test before the team leaves after undergoing ankle surgery in March, as will batsman Ross Taylor after a hamstring injury ruled him out. of two ODIs against Bangladesh last month.

New Zealand test team for the England tour: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Will Young.

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