New Zealand pick rookie duo for tour to West Indies

Spinners Mark Craig and Ish Sodhi have been included in the side named in the 15-man Test squad named by the Black Caps for the tour to West Indies.

updated: April 15, 2014 08:26 IST
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Wellington: New Zealand selectors included two new caps in a 15-man Test squad named on Tuesday to tour the West Indies, with injury-hit spinner Dan Vettori's future under a cloud.

Otago slow bowler Mark Craig was plucked from obscurity in anticipation of spin-friendly wickets on the three-Test tour, alongside fellow rookie Luke Ronchi, a wicketkeeper batsman with one-day experience for the Black Caps but who had never made the Test side.

Craig, 27, who has not played international cricket at any level, will potentially form a spin partnership with Ish Sodhi after his surprise call up to replace the unavailable Jeetan Patel.

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