New Zealand delay naming their Test squad for West Indies series

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New Zealand’s Test squad will now be named on November 29

New Zealand have delayed naming their squad for the upcoming Test series against the West Indies in order to assess the fitness of their key players.

Their squad for the first Test was supposed to be named on November 25, but that date has now been pushed back to November 29.

Three of New Zealand’s key players – captain Brendon McCullum and the batting duo of Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson – are all recovering from injuries at the moment.

There has also been talk of veteran all-rounder Daniel Vettori making his international comeback during the series, which will consist of three Test matches, five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals.

Vettori has not represented New Zealand in a Test match since July 2012 due to numerous injuries.

However, Vettori was extremely impressive in the one first-class match he played this season as he claimed six wickets.

“It’s over to Dan when he’s ready,” Bruce Edgar, the national selector, told Fairfax NZ. “He knows his body but we would welcome his availability sooner rather than later, of course. It depends entirely on his recovery.”

New Zealand’s first Test match against the West Indies gets underway on December 3 in Dunedin.

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