Sat. Aug 13th, 2022

Giving priority to the Tests with India, New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said he would rest all-format players in the upcoming T20 series with the hosts. Stead confirmed that pacer Lucky Ferguson, who suffered a calf injury at the start of the T20 World Cup in the UAE, has regained full fitness and is available for the series opener here on Wednesday. All formats such as captain Kane Williamson and pacer Kyle Jamieson will be rested for the T20s, while the other players on both teams will be Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Mitchell Santer, and Tim Southee, stand-in captains.

 

“You can see for sure that the entire squad (T20) gets match time here. Again, it’s about managing the workload of the players. And especially with the Test matches coming up, it’s a real key priority for us. We will finish this work next week,” Stead told the NZC’s media team. New Zealand lost to Australia in the World Cup final and reached here in less than 24 hours, raising questions about the series schedule in India. The Test team, including Ross Taylor and Tom Latham, arrived here last week.

 

“We talked to Kane and Kyle and they decided not to play in the T20 series, so they’re both going to be ready for the Test matches. And I think you’re probably the other guys involved. None of the Test matches will play the whole series. So for now there is some balancing action and three T20 games and five days. , Plus travel to three different cities. It’s a very, busy time. ”

 

The two-Test series is part of the new World Test Championship cycle. Stead said Ferguson’s regaining fitness for the T20s was a big boost for the team. “So he recovered well from his calf injury early in the World Cup. It’s very exciting for him and it’s very exciting for our team to be back on our attack.” Stead said a 40-member New Zealand team of players and coaches is currently in India and it would be challenging to manage such a large group.

 

“There are about 26 players and 16 or 17 support staff. Some of the boys leave after a week so there will be a number of staff and players returning home from the T20 group we have. “But it’s probably the largest support team and the player group we’ve had in one place and definitely in my time and it’s a little bit of a challenge to get around everyone and support them in their needs.”

 

India, who thrashed New Zealand in the World Cup, will play their first series under new T20 captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid. While key players like Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are not playing in the T20s as part of the workload management, Sted feels that India is a strong team.

 

“They’re still very, very good. They’ve got a new coach in Rahul Dravid now and I know people usually want to impress them when a new coach comes on board and claims a place in the team. “I hope India is very strong and puts a lot of shots on us. So we have to be positive and really clear on the way we want to playback with these guys,” he added.

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