Wellington Firebirds, wicket-keeper Luke Ronchi and strike bowler Mark Gillespie, have been selected in the New Zealand XI squad to play England in a four-day warm-up match next week in Queenstown.
The side will be captained by Ronchi who has s
hown consistent form in both HRV Cup Twenty20 matches and the Plunket Shield this season.
Gillespie is one of eight players who have played for the BLACKCAPS. These other players are: Tom Latham, Hamish Rutherford, Dean Brownlie, Neil Wagner, James Neesham, Neil Broom and Corey Anderson.
With the exception of a couple of experienced players, the squad selected reflects the next generation of BLACKCAPS says General Manager National Selection Kim Littlejohn.
“This game gives us a great opportunity to see how these youngsters cope with playing a Test side ranked at two in the world.”
The four-day warm-up match starts on Wednesday 27 February at the Queenstown Events Centre.New Zealand XI squad: Luke Ronchi (c) – Wellington Firebirds
Corey Anderson – Northern Knights
Neil Broom – Otago Volts
Dean Brownlie – Canterbury Wizards
Carl Cachopa – Central StagsMark Gillespie – Wellington Firebirds
Tom Latham – Canterbury Wizards
James Neesham – Otago Volts
Hamish Rutherford – Otago Volts
Ish Sodhi – Northern Knights
Neil Wagner – Otago Volts
One more player may be added to the team closer to the match in Queenstown.