Cape Town - Tim Southee will captain New Zealand in the absence of Kane Williamson in next month’s three-game T20 series in Sri Lanka.
With regular skipper Williamson and paceman Trent Boult returning
home for pre-planned rest following the current Test series, the squad
features a blend of experience and emerging T20 talent.
Selector Gavin Larsen said the series represented the start of a new
T20 cycle, with nine series scheduled for the Black Caps ahead of the
T20 World Cup in Australia that starts in October next year.
“Following that amazing ride in the ODI World Cup, it’s exciting to
begin setting our sights on another world event,” Larsen said.
“The series in Sri Lanka will be a challenging one against a team who are tough to beat in their own conditions.
“Our T20 team has been pretty consistent over the past couple of
years and we’re really happy with the power and versatility we have in
“Kane and Trent played an enormous role in our recent World Cup
campaign and with a big summer ahead, we see it as a good opportunity to
give them a rest.”
Southee, Ross Taylor, Colin Munro, Martin Guptill and Ish Sodhi
represent the experienced core of the side with a combined 307 T20
International matches between them.
Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle are the three specialist spin
options for the three-game series that starts in Kandy on September 1.
New Zealand T20I squad:
Tim Southee (captain), Todd
Astle, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill,
Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Seth Rance, Mitchell
Santner, Tim Seifert (wkt), Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor