New Zealand announce squad for Test series against Sri Lanka


New Zealand named the same 13 players who participated in the recently-concluded two Test match series against England, for their two-Test series against Sri Lanka, starting from March 9 onwards.
According to a sports channel, injured pace-bowling all-rounder Kyle Jamieson, leg spinner Ish Sodhi, and uncapped seamer Jacob Duffy have been omitted from the squad.
Tim Southee will be at the helm of the side which is coming off the high of being the only third team in sports’ history to win after following on, winning the second Test against England by one run to level the series after a 267-run loss in the first Test.
Kane Williamson will be anchoring the batting, along with Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, and Will Young for support. Tom Blundell will continue with the wicket keeping duties and all-rounder Michael Bracewell will be a key component of the spin department. Neil Wagner, who had delivered a destructive spell to bring down England in the second Test, will be spearheading the pace lineup along with Southee, with other speedsters being Matt Henry, Blair Tickner, and Scott Kuggeleijn.
Jamieson initially included in the squad for England Test but withdrawn later, is due to undergo a back surgery for an injury that has put him out of action since June 2022.