New Zealand include Luke Ronchi, Mark Craig in Test squad for West Indies tour

Luke Ronchi has been added in the 15-man squad as a second wicket-keeper, while off-spinner Mark Craig earned his call-up in the absence of veteran left-armer Daniel Vettori and Jeetan Patel.

updated: April 15, 2014 17:30 IST
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Wellington: Former Australia wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi (in pic) and off-spinner Mark Craig are the only new caps included in the New Zealand team named on Tuesday to play three Tests in the West Indies in June. (Click here for latest on Cricket)

New Zealand-born Ronchi played four one-day internationals and three Twenty20 internationals for Australia in 2008 and 2009 and has gone on to play 19 ODIs and eight T20 internationals since meeting the residential qualification to play for New Zealand in 2013. He will act as understudy to incumbent wicket-keeper Bradley John Watling during the Test matches at Kingston, Jamaica from June 8, Port of Spain, Trinidad from June 16 and Georgetown, Guyana from June 26.

The 27-year-old Craig is the latest in a long succession of players to be tried as New Zealand's specialist off-spinner. Craig, who joins leg-spinner Ish Sodhi in the Test squad, earns his call-up in the absence of veteran left-armer Daniel Vettori, who is recovering from Achilles tendon surgery, and off-spinner Jeetan Patel, who declined a Test recall.

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