Senior pacer Trent Boult has made himself unavailable for the two-Test series against India due to bio-bubble fatigue as New Zealand on Thursday named five spinners in their 15-man squad for the tour, starting November 25 in Kanpur.
Besides Boult, Colin de Grandhomme has also decided to skip the tour. “Boult and Colin de Grandhomme made themselves unavailable for selection due to the prospect of further time in bio-secure bubbles and managed isolation,” New Zealand Cricket’s official website stated.
New Zealand will play two Tests and both the venues — Kanpur and Mumbai — are expected to aid spinners.
NZ Test squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Will Young, Neil Wagner.