Cricket: Blair Tickner to make Blackcaps test debut against England

  • 15/02/2023

Blair Tickner will make his test debut for the Blackcaps against England in Tauranga.

Captain Tim Southee confirmed the Central Districts pace bowler will be in action at Bay Oval for the of the two-match series, which starts on Thursday.

With Kyle Jamieson scratched with injury and Matt Henry awaiting the birth of his first child, the national selectors have been forced to look further down the squad sheet, resulting in Tickner's call up.

Jacob Duffy and Scott Kuggelijn were also brought into the 14-man squad as injury replacements, with one of the two to be selected as part of the XI for the pink-ball test.

The chorus for Trent Boult's inclusion had grown loud in the wake of Jamieson and Henry's withdrawals.

But the selectors have remained steadfast in their stance that domestically contracted players should retain priority and Boult - who opted out of his NZ Cricket contract last year -  won't be considered to make the short trek from his home in Tauranga to take the new ball.

Tickner, 29, has played six one-day and 11 Twenty20 internationals for the Blackcaps.

Meanwhile, England have recalled veteran fast bowler Stuart Broad, galvanising a strong pace bowling unit.

Broad, 36, was absent from head coach Brendon McCullum's team for England's 3-0 series win over Pakistan in December following the birth of his daughter. He joins James Anderson and Ollie Robinson in England's attack.

New Zealand (likely XI): Tom Latham, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Blundell (wk), Michael Bracewell, Tim Southee (captain), Neil Wagner, Jacob Duffy/Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner.

England: Ben Duckett, Zak Crawley, Ollie Pope, Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes (captain), Ben Foakes (wicketkeeper), Stuart Broad, Jack Leach, Ollie Robinson, James Anderson

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