WTC Final, India vs New Zealand: Captain Kane Williamson available for New Zealand squad announcement | Cricket News
Williamson was forced to miss the second test against England with an elbow injury and Tom Latham led New Zealand to a comfortable eight-wicket victory which sealed a series triumph for the visitors.
Wicket keeper BJ Watling, who also missed the second test with a back injury, was also named to the squad.
“Kane and BJ have certainly enjoyed their week off and rehab and we expect them to be fit and available for the final,” Stead said at a press conference after the arrival of the ‘team here for the WTC Finals starting June 18.
“Being in a World Cup final (WTC) is a really special occasion and I know the guys can’t wait to start their job here at Southampton,” he added.
Stead said that despite winning over England, it will be a tough challenge for India.
“India are a world class team with match winners throughout their roster so we have no illusions about how difficult they will be to beat,” he said.
New Zealand will enter the clash with a spinner specializing in 32-year-old left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel and versatile Colin de Grandhomme.
Will Young is their batting cover specialist, while Tom Blundell is the wicket keeper.
“We picked Ajaz as our specialist spinner after an impressive outing at Edgbaston and we think he could be a factor at the Ageas Bowl,” said Stead.
“Colin has been an integral part of our test setup for many years and it was great to see him return to Lord’s after a long injury absence.
“He is a proven artist at the highest level and we support him to do a job with the bat or the ball if called upon.”
New Zealand left out five players from their 20-man squad, including Doug Bracewell, Jacob Duffy, Daryl Mitchell, Rachin Ravindra and Mitchell Santner.
“It’s not easy to say goodbye to the guys who have given so much to the group. Doug, Jacob and Rachin have been selfless in their attitude to help the team and support those in the XI.
“With our team down, Heinrich and our second physio Vijay Vallabh will return home to New Zealand on June 16 with Jacob, Rachin and Mitchell. We wish them good luck and thank them for their efforts,” said Stead.
“There must have been some tough calls with Mitchell and Daryl victims of the fierce competition we have right now for places on the testing side,” he added.
New Zealand team: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner BJ Watling and Will Young