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New Zealand announced their squads for the T20Is against Pakistan

New Zealand announced their squads for the T20Is against Pakistan

Kane Williamson and Trent Boult, who had been rested for the West Indies series, have been named in New Zealand’s twnety20 squad for their upcoming T20Is series against Pakistan while Ross Taylor misses out from the team. Williamson and Boult, along with Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson and Daryl Mitchell will only be available for the second and third T20Is. Mitchell Santner will serve as the stand-in skipper for the first T20I, which begins in Auckland on 18 December.

Glenn Phillips and Devon Conway has been retained. Phillips and Conway were involved in a record 181-run stand for the third wicket in the second T20I against West Indies. Glenn Phillips is named the Player of the Match after a stellar show in the second againt West Indies T20. Lockie Ferguson and Hamish Bennett have been ruled out with injuries. Speedster Lockie Ferguson withdrawn from the squad after scans revealed a bones stress injury of his lumbar spine. Hamish Bennett has also been ruled out with an abdominal tear.

Fast bowler Jacob Duffy has earned his maiden call-up and will be available for the first match. Blair Tickner, Mark Chapman and Doug Bracewell have been included for the opening game as well. Ish Sodhi and Todd Astle will form the spin trio along with Santer.

New Zealand 1st T20I Squad: Mitchell Santner (c), Todd Astle, Doug Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Jacob Duffy, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn , Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner

New Zealand 2nd and 3rd T20I Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult , Devon Conway , Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson , Scott Kuggeleijn , Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee

T20 International series schedule against Pakistan as follows:

Date: December 18, 2020
Match: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 1st T20I
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Time: 11:30 AM IST, 06:00 AM GMT, 07:00 PM LOCAL

Date: December 20, 2020
Match: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 2nd T20I
Venue: Seddon Park, Hamilton
Time: 11:30 AM IST, 06:00 AM GMT, 07:00 PM LOCAL

Date: December 22, 2020
Match: Pakistan vs New Zealand, 3rd T20I
Venue: McLean Park, Napier
Time: 11:30 AM IST, 06:00 AM GMT, 07:00 PM LOCAL

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