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Kiws include Blundell in World Cup squad

3rd April 2019, 14:38 by Neil Foster

Wicket-keeper Tom Blundell was a surprise inclusion as New Zealand named their 15-man squad for the upcoming World Cup.

The 28-year-old will act as back-up to Tom Latham behind the stumps but is an unusual selection, with the player having never featured in a one-day international.

The Wellington-born star has made two Test appearances for the Kiwis and scored an unbeaten century in his first innings against West Indies at his home ground in December 2017.

He has also played in three Twenty20 internationals but will likely carry the drinks in England and Wales this summer.

Kane Williamson skippers the side and will be hoping to go one better after New Zealand fell tamely to Australia in the final four years ago.

Ross Taylor, 35, will play in his fourth World Cup, with the Kiwis kicking off their campaign against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on June 1.

In the spin-bowling department, Ish Sodhi has been given the nod ahead of Todd Astle.

New Zealand World Cup squad: Kane Williamson, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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