New Zealand arrive for month-long series

Jamaica Gleaner article.

Kingston, Jamaica - Nine members of New Zealand's 15-member squad arrived in Jamaica on Sunday for their five-match tour of the Caribbean.

The squad, which is scheduled to be fully assembled before the end of the week, is headed by batsmen Hamish Rutherford and BJ Watling and left-arm seamer Trent Boult.

The trio, who along with their teammates made entry via the Sir Donald Sangster International Airport in Montego Bay, were influential in helping their team record a 2-0 Test series win over the West Indies last December.

Of the notable absentees were captain and lead batsman, Brendon McCullum, who along with several of the remaining six players have been participating in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Those who are yet to arrive include batsmen Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson and Corey Anderson, fast bowler Tim Southee and all-rounder Jimmy Neesham.

Month-long visit

New Zealand will play three Tests and two Twenty20 Internationals during their month-long visit.

The opening Test is set for Sabina Park, beginning on June 8.

They are also slated to play two tour matches prior to the first Test against Jamaica at the Trelawny Multi-Purpose Stadium.

The first tour game, a two-dayer, is set to start on Thursday, while the second, and a three-dayer, will get going next Tuesday.

New Zealand squad: Brendon McCullum (captain), Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, BJ Watling, Luke Ronchi, Jimmy Neesham, Mark Craig, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Ish Sodhi.

First Published In The Jamaica Gleaner.

Tue, 05/27/2014 - 02:25