BLACKCAPS coach John Bracewell has announced the BLACKCAPS squad for next month’s Test tour to South Africa.
The BLACKCAPS are due to arrive in Johannesburg on April 5 for a 10 day build up to the three-match Test series, which will include a First Class match against a Rest of South Africa XI, beginning on April 7.
“We expect to have a challenging time in South Africa. It is important that we quickly make the transition to the altitude, climate and playing conditions, as well as to the intensity that the South African team will bring to these matches,” Bracewell said.
“Michael Papps provides us with cover as a specialist opener and adds balance to the team. He has performed well for the BLACKCAPS in the past and now appears to have addressed issues with his technique.
“Jacob Oram has been declared fit to tour and will provide the team with a genuine all rounder.
“Lou Vincent and Mathew Sinclair have not been considered for selection as they would both miss the build up and the first Test match due to personal commitments,” he said.
Vincent wishes to be home for the birth of his first child, due April 15, while Sinclair is getting married, also on April 15.
Both players would be available to join the squad following the first Test in the event that any need arises to call for replacement batsmen.
BLACKCAPS: Stephen Fleming (captain), Daniel Vettori (vice captain), Nathan Astle, Shane Bond, Peter Fulton, James Franklin, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum, Hamish Marshall, Chris Martin, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Michael Papps, Jeetan Patel, Scott Styris