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Kane Williamson to Lead first West Indies tour in eight years

Kane Williamson will return to lead a 15-player squad on the BLACKCAPS’ first trip to the Caribbean since 2014.

Kane Williamson will captain a squad with an experienced core, including Trent Boult and Tim Southee, combined with a group of newer players such as Finn Allen and Michael Bracewell, who receive further opportunities on the back of the strong recent form.

With a tight tour schedule featuring six matches in 11 days across Jamaica (three T20Is) and Barbados (three ODIs), the selectors have looked to balance a combined squad across both formats. 

The tour is also a vital part of the next cycle of ICC white ball tournaments, with the ICC T20 World Cup starting in Australia this October, and qualification points on the line for next year’s ODI World Cup in India. 

BLACKCAPS head coach Gary Stead said the squad was looking forward to taking on the West Indies at home. 

“It’s always exciting to be heading somewhere you’ve not been in a while and I know this group can’t wait for the challenge of taking on the West Indies in the Caribbean.

“Managing workloads is hugely important this year with the team playing some form of cricket every month in 2022 – and this applies to both players and staff.

“For Kane, Trent, Tim, and Devon, this will be the first time they have played white ball cricket for New Zealand since last year’s T20 World Cup and tour to India – so this trip will be important for them.

“We also have players such as Michael and Finn who are relatively new to the international stage but have really put their hands up for selection when given opportunities.

“As a selector, it’s been great to see these guys push their cases.”

New Zealand Squad for ODIs and T20Is against West Indies

Kane Williamson (c)

Finn Allen 

Trent Boult

Michael Bracewell

Devon Conway 

Lockie Ferguson

Martin Guptill 

Matt Henry 

Tom Latham

Daryl Mitchell 

Jimmy Neesham

Glenn Phillips

Mitchell Santner 

Ish Sodhi

Tim Southee

Stead will be supported on the tour by Dean Brownlie as batting coach and Graeme Aldridge as bowling coach. 

The squad will arrive in two groups in Jamaica with some traveling from New Zealand and the balance from the Netherlands. 

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