Kyle Jamieson, Will Young included in NZ XI squad to face England
Allrounder Jamieson looking to build up workloads ahead of return from back injury
New Zealand have included Kyle Jamieson and Will Young in the NZ XI squad to face England in a two-day pink-ball warm-up match at Seddon Park later this week.
Jamieson has not played international cricket since suffering a back injury on the tour of England last year, and the fixture will provide an opportunity to build match fitness ahead of an expected Test return. Young's last Test appearance also came in England, with Devon Conway preferred at opener in Pakistan over Christmas.
The squad includes Tom Bruce, who has played 17 T20Is for New Zealand and will captain the side, as well as New Zealand A players Robbie O'Donnell and Sean Solia. Jacob Cumming, the 19-year-old son of former Test batter Craig Cumming, could also play a part.
"This is a great opportunity for the NZ XI players, from younger emerging players through to established domestic players, to experience playing against quality international opposition," Gavin Larsen, New Zealand selector, said. "And it's another important step for Kyle as he looks to get more quality overs under his belt before the England Test series begins."
England are due to arrive in Hamilton on Tuesday ahead of the two-day warm-up fixture as they step up their preparations for the two-Test series, which begins with a day-night Test in Mount Maunganui starting on February 16.
New Zealand XI squad: Tom Bruce (capt), Adi Ashok, Jacob Cumming, Sean Davey, Curtis Heaphy (wk), Kyle Jamieson, Jarrod McKay, Robbie O'Donnell, Will O'Donnell, Quinn Sunde, Sean Solia, Theo van Woerkom, Will Young