Ferguson, Bracewell, Allen in Kiwis’ squad for T20 World Cup

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    CARDIFF, WALES - JUNE 01: Lockie Ferguson of New Zealand celebrates taking the wicket of Jeevan Mendis of Sri Lanka during the Group Stage match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Cardiff Wales Stadium on June 1, 2019 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

    New Zealand have introduced three changes to their squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup to be held in Australia in October. The changes are made from the side that featured in the World Cup final last year in the UAE, with Lockie Ferguson, Michael Bracewell and Finn Allen replacing Kyle Jamieson, Todd Astle and Tim Seifert.

    Trent Boult and Jimmy Neesham have also found a place in the T20 WC 2022 squad along with Finn Allen, one of the newest players who was offered a central contract by New Zealand Cricket (NZC).

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    Kane Williamson will captain the side yet again, making this his third assignment as skipper for the T20 World Cup 2022.

    New Zealand’s squad looks promising with a lethal pace attack comprising of Boult, Ferguson, Tim Southee, and Adam Milne. Ish Sodhi will head the spin attack and will be supported by Bracewell and Mitchell Santner.

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    Bracewell debuted for New Zealand in 2022 but it hasn’t taken long for him to make a name for himself. Th batter, who is also a handy off-break bowler, has produced several impressive performances with the bat, earning him a place in the squad for the cricket extravaganza.

    Other players who give the Kiwis a balanced side include Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Santner, Bracewell and Neesham. All players are highly capable of contributing with both bat and ball.

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    Devon Conway has been named as the front-line wicket-keeper after keeping in the UAE last year and also wearing the big gloves in the recent series against the West Indies.

    However, Kyle Jamieson hasn’t been included in the lineup as he continues his rehabilitation after suffering a back injury, while Todd Astle and Tim Seifert have also missed out.

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    Prior to the T20 World Cup 2022, New Zealand will play a T20 Tri Series with Pakistan and Bangladesh scheduled to begin in Christchurch on October 7.