The offspinner William Somerville, who played a starring role on debut as New Zealand beat Pakistan last week, has not been included to play the upcoming home Test series against Sri Lanka.
The 13-man squad that was announced earlier today had only one slow bowler in it – Ajaz Patel, who claimed a five-wicket haul in a dramatic four-run victory in Abu Dhabi last month.
Patel, 30, made his Test debut ahead of Somerville in the first Test of the series against Pakistan, picking match figures of 7 for 123 in New Zealand’s four-run win.
Selector Gavin Larsen said, “Ajaz certainly grabbed his opportunity on the UAE tour and he’s a proven performer in New Zealand conditions.”
Meanwhile, 26-year old opening batsman Will Young earned his maiden-call up to international cricket.
Central Stags batsman Young was also included as a batting backup after impressing in the ongoing ‘A’ series against India. The opening game of the two-match Test series between New Zealand and Sri Lanka will get underway from 15th of this month in Wellington.