Market Desk (sports): The same group will play the T20 tri-series against Pakistan and Bangladesh in Christchurch and New Zealand coach Gary Stead said they will want to see how Milne went in the tri-series against Pakistan, Bangladesh early next month but was confident he would be ready for the World Cup.
Stead said that he had first choice 12 in mind for the World Cup but the tri-series will be used to fine tune plans including the combination they go with at the top of order with Allen, Conway, Kane Williamson and Martin Guptill all options to open. Daryl Mitchell will be used in a middle order role.
“I’ll hold those cards close to my chest on what we will do with opening but think we’ll see during the tri-series we’ll be trying a few different people there,” he said.
Kyle Jamieson was not considered for selection as he continues his recovery from the back injury he picked up in England.
Guptill will become the first New Zealander to appear at 7 men’s T20 World Cup.