Watling returns to New Zealand Test squad for England series but Santner is out injured

New Zealand have announced their Test squad for the upcoming series against England, and there's a recall for BJ Watling but Mitchell Santner has a knee problem


BJ Watling is back for New Zealand

New Zealand have announced their Test squad for the upcoming series against England, and there's a recall for BJ Watling.

The wicketkeeper, who missed the games against Pakistan last year due to a hip injury, has been included in the 12-man party which will attend a training camp in Tauranga this week.

Mitchell Santner, however, has been ruled out of the series after suffering a knee injury. Todd Astle offers Kane Williamson a spin option in the squad.

Blackcaps selector Gavin Larsen said: "BJ is a proven performer at Test level for us and brings a lot to the group both on and off the field. 


Mitchell Santner has been ruled out

"We’ve monitored BJ’s progress over the past few months and it’s great to see him back with the gloves for Northern Districts. Tom Blundell did a great job in BJ’s absence and we’ll keep working with him going forward.

"Having another spin bowling allrounder in Todd is of real benefit for us and he’ll be looking forward to his opportunity."

The England series is due to begin in Auckland on March 22 - New Zealand's first ever home day-night Test - before moving onto the Hagley Oval in Christchurch for the second instalment.

"Being involved in the first Day-Night Test in New Zealand is really exciting and there’s always something special about playing England," said Larsen.

"They have match winners throughout their squad so we expect a challenging series."

Kane Williamson, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling



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