The BLACKCAPS have today announced their squad of 15 players for the ICC Cricket World Cup to be held in New Zealand over February and March.
BLACKCAPS Coach Mike Hesson announced the squad at Hagley Oval at 5pm this afternoon.
Brendon McCullum (captain) – Otago Volts
Corey Anderson – Northern Knights
Trent Boult – Northern Knights
Grant Elliott – Wellington Firebirds
Martin Guptill – Auckland Aces
Tom Latham – Canterbury
Mitchell McClenaghan – Auckland Aces
Nathan McCullum – Otago Volts
Kyle Mills – Auckland Aces
Adam Milne – Central Stags
Luke Ronchi – Wellington Firebirds
Tim Southee – Northern Knights
Ross Taylor – Central Stags
Dan Vettori – Northern Knights
Kane Williamson – Northern Knights
Hesson said that it was all about finding the right balance.
“There were some hard decisions to make, but we’re pleased with the overall 15 we’ve chosen,” said Hesson.
“A lot of bowlers have performed brilliantly for us over the past couple of seasons, which certainly made it difficult, but we think we have the right mix.
“Our batting unit has good depth and Grant’s inclusion assures us strong cover in the middle order. He brings a lot of experience and his record in New Zealand and Australia conditions is excellent.
The BLACKCAPS first match of the tournament is against Sri Lanka on 14 February at Hagley Oval.