New Zealand Cricket (NZC) today announced the Twenty20 squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa. Five new players have been introduced to the side, with the team to face the home side in three T20 Internationals.
Brendon McCullum (c): Otago Volts
Corey Anderson: Northern Knights
Trent Boult: Northern Knights
Doug Bracewell: Central Stags
Derek de Boorder: Otago Volts
James Franklin: Wellington Firebirds
Peter Fulton: Canterbury Wizards
Martin Guptill: Auckland Aces
Ronnie Hira: Canterbury Wizards
Nathan McCullum: Otago Volts
Mitchell McClenaghan: Auckland Aces
Adam Milne: Central Stags
Colin Munro: Auckland Aces
Jimmy Neesham: Otago Volts
Rob Nicol: Canterbury Wizards
BLACKCAPS Coach Mike Hesson was excited about the flair the new faces brought to the side and felt confident the players would thrive on the opportunity to represent New Zealand.
“We believe the squad has a good blend of experience and young talented players who we are sure are ready for the challenges ahead,” Hesson said.
“Corey Anderson, Jimmy Neesham, Colin Munro, Derek de Boorder and Mitchell McClenaghan are in good form and have shown considerable promise. They deserve their chance to impress at a higher level.
The other change from the Twenty20 side sees Peter Fulton return, having last played for the BLACKCAPS in 2009. Fulton has been one of the most consistent batsmen in domestic cricket this year and is no stranger to international cricket.
The first match begins December 22nd New Zealand time, with play to be televised from 5:00am on Sky Sport.