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Williamson, Southee Join New Zealand World Cup Squad

Williamson, Southee Join New Zealand World Cup Squad

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Captain Kane Williamson and seasoned bowler Tim Southee have earned the distinction of being part of an exclusive group of players chosen for four or more ICC Men’s Cricket World Cups, as they are now officially included in the New Zealand squad, the BLACKCAPS, for the 2023 tournament.

The seasoned squad for the tournament, which commences in India on October 5, was unveiled this morning during an event held at Papatoetoe High School in Auckland, the alma mater of World Cup squad member Ish Sodhi.

Williamson and Southee, who last represented the BLACKCAPS in the tournament held in India back in 2011, are now accompanied in the squad by six players making their tournament debut. Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, and Glenn Phillips are entering a One Day World Cup squad for the first time, having previously been part of T20 World Cup squads. All-rounder Rachin Ravindra and batsman Will Young have earned their spots in their inaugural senior white ball World Cup squads.

The team has a mix of new players and experienced ones like Trent Boult, Matt Henry, and Tom Latham, who are in their third 50-over World Cup. Tom Latham, who is also the vice-captain, will remain the wicketkeeper after setting a record with 21 catches in the last tournament. Lockie Ferguson, Jimmy Neesham, Mitchell Santner, and Ish Sodhi are back in the squad after their debut in England and Wales in 2019.


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According to BLACKCAPS coach Gary Stead, it’s an exciting day for everyone, whether it’s your first World Cup or your fourth, saying, “It’s always a special time to name a tournament team and I’d like to congratulate the 15 players selected today. It’s a great honour to represent your country at a World Cup. From Kane and Tim heading to their fourth tournament to the guys selected for the first time it’s always a very exciting time.”

“As with any squad named for an ICC tournament, there have been some tough calls and there will be some disappointed players. The key for us was finding the right balance for the squad and making sure we had our bases covered for what is going to be a very competitive tournament,” he added.

Gary Stead will be in charge of the coaching team in India, alongside regular assistants Luke Ronchi as the batting coach and Shane Jurgensen as the bowling coach. This tournament marks Jurgensen’s final assignment with the team in his current role before he takes on the position of head coach for the Wellington Firebirds at Cricket Wellington. During the tournament, James Foster will step in as the assistant coach.

The BLACKCAPS squad and support staff will come together from Bangladesh and New Zealand, with various groups arriving in India on September 26 and 27. The team’s first warm-up match is scheduled against Pakistan on September 29 in Hyderabad.

New Zealand World Cup Squad:

Kane Williamson (capt), Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (vice capt), Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Will Young


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