NZ announce 12-man squad for warm-up match against Tigers

They will play a 50-over match on Feb 10

Published: February 07, 2019 21:22:11

New Zealand's Otago keeper Max Chu has been named in a New Zealand XI which includes incumbent Test opener Jeet Raval.

The team will play Bangladesh in a 50-over match at Lincoln on February 10 (Sunday), reports https://www.odt.co.nz .

Raval is the only player with international experience in the 12-man squad and will look to get some meaningful cricket under his belt before the three-match Test series against the tourists.

"Jeet's not playing . . . Super Smash cricket for Auckland, so the chance to spend some time in the middle against Bangladesh was too good to miss," national selector Gavin Larsen said.

It is also a wonderful opportunity for the 18-year-old Chu to enhance his reputation as one of the country's best young wicketkeepers. In Ravindra, Finn Allen, Dale Phillips, Katene Clarke and Chu, the team features some of the younger players on NZC's high-performance radar, as well as the Ford Trophy's leading run-scorer - Wellington's Andrew Fletcher.

Larsen said the selectors were also looking forward to monitoring the progress of pace bowlers Iain McPeake, Andrew Hazeldine and Jamie Brown, and the prowess of Auckland all-rounder Sean Solia.

New Zealand XI squad: Jeet  Raval, Andrew Fletcher , Rachin Ravindra, Finn Allen, Dale Phillips, Katene Clarke, Sean Solia (Auckland), Max Chu, Theo van Woerkom , Iain McPeake , Andrew Hazeldine , Jamie Brown.

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