Neil Wagner has been added to the BLACKCAPS squad for the opening ANZ Test starting on Wednesday in Dunedin.
The 26-year-old fast bowler was a strong performer for the New Zealand XI against England in Queenstown this week, taking four wickets in England’s first innings.
BLACKCAPS head coach Mike Hesson used the Queenstown match as a trial for the final fast bowling spot in the 13-strong squad.
BLACKCAPS squad for first ANZ Test:
Brendon McCullum (c) - Otago Volts
Trent Boult - Northern Knights
Doug Bracewell - Central Stags
Dean Brownlie - Canterbury Wizards
Peter Fulton - Canterbury Wizards
Tom Latham - Canterbury Wizards
Bruce Martin - Auckland Aces
Hamish Rutherford - Otago Volts
Tim Southee - Northern Knights
Ross Taylor - Central Stags
Neil Wagner - Otago Volts
BJ Watling - Northern Knights
Kane Williamson - Northern Knights
Just over 1000 tickets are available for each of the first three days of the opening Test at Dunedin’s University Oval due to stronger than expected pre-sales from visiting fans, including the highly entertaining Barmy Army. Fans are encouraged to pre-purchase tickets to avoid missing out.