New Zealand Cricket have announced three 15-player squads for the Twenty20 International, One Day International and Test series against West Indies starting 30 June in Florida.
Opening batsman Brendon McCullum has been omitted from New Zealand’s one-day and Twenty20 squads but will play in the Test.
South African-born fast bowler Neil Wagner has been named in the Test squad little more than a week after the International Cricket Council granted him dispensation to be selected for New Zealand.
National Selection Manager Kim Littlejohn said, “We asked Brendon McCullum to take a break during the short-form component of the tour.
“Going forward we are looking to identify opportunities for other players, such as Doug Bracewell, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson, to take a bit of time out and freshen up.”
“James Franklin will also miss the tour. We see James as a key part of our Twenty20 squad going forward and have worked with him to organise a stint playing for Essex in the County Twenty20 competition.
“With the ICC World Tweny20 coming up we felt the best preparation for James would be to play a large number of Twenty20 matches in that competition rather than two matches in this tour.”
“Tom Latham comes back into the short-form teams after showing a great deal of promise during his first series against Zimbabwe.
This tour presents an opportunity for Tom to build on the good start he has made to his international career.”
“Wicketkeeper-batsman BJ Watling has overcome his hip injury and has been included in all three squads as has Daniel Flynn who proved in the recent Test match against South Africa that he has the ability to make an impact at international level.
“Jacob Oram has recovered from his calf injury, adding experience and all-round skill to the Twenty20 and ODI sides.
“The Test squad sees the addition of Neil Wagner, an exciting fast bowler who recently qualified to play for the BLACKCAPS. Neil has been an extremely good performer in the Plunket Shield for a number of seasons and deserves his opportunity.
“A number of players, including Colin de Grandhomme, Michael Bates and Andy McKay, are unlucky to miss out on selection but are still very much in our thinking for the future.”
New Zealand will play two Twenty20 Internationals, five ODIs and two Test matches during the five week tour.
New Zealand T20, ODI, Test squads for West Indies tour
T20 internationals: Ross Taylor (captain), Martin Guptill, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Andrew Ellis, Daniel Flynn, Ronnie Hira, Tom Latham, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, B.J. Watling, Kane Williamson.
ODI: Ross Taylor (captain), Martin Guptill, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Andrew Ellis, Daniel Flynn, Tom Latham, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Tarun Nethula, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, B.J. Watling, Kane Williamson.
Tests: Ross Taylor (captain), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Neil Wagner, Daniel Flynn, Mark Gillespie, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Tarun Nethula, Kruger van Wyk, Daniel Vettori, B.J. Watling, Kane Williamson.