After suffering a catastrophic back injury last year, pace bowling standout Kyle Jamieson is about to make his international comeback. New Zealand has also given all-rounder Dean Foxcroft and legspinner Adi Ashok their first T20I call-ups for the forthcoming T20I tour of the UAE.
Prior to the home Test series against England, Jamieson was diagnosed with a stress fracture in his back and underwent surgery in February. The pacer has been named in the 15-person squad’s new look for the three-match series in Dubai on August 17, 19, and 20. The pacer is scheduled to return.
“After such a difficult year, Kyle has worked incredibly hard and made amazing progress to be available for this tour. We are thrilled to see him back. We are all aware of his exceptional abilities, and I know he is eager to rejoin the team, according to head coach Gary Stead.
Inviting the two uncapped youngsters, Stead stated, “It’s always exciting to introduce new players to the Blackcaps environment and especially so when they’re on the younger side, as Adi and Dean are,”
Foxcroft, a batting all-rounder who was born in South Africa but migrated to New Zealand in 2016, recently got approval from the ICC for eligibility under its “exceptional circumstances” criteria. The 25-year-old was named the domestic player of the year by New Zealand Cricket in March after finishing with the most runs (424) in Super Smash and claiming nine wickets with the ball at an amazing economy rate of under seven.
“Dean has been a fairly reliable performer domestically, and the prizes he won in March reflected that. He is a gifted and versatile hitter who can also bowl effective off-spin, adding to our spinning resources, which are always valued in white-ball cricket.
Despite the fact that Adi is just in his second year of professional cricket, we have been impressed by his approach and consistency with the Aces, as well as when he joined New Zealand A for the winter camps. We now have the chance to develop our next legspinner because Ish Sodhi won’t be playing on the UAE tour, Stead said.
After The Hundred, an extended 22-man New Zealand team will depart for England, where they will arrive in time for the T20I series opening in Durham on August 30. This team will include Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Glenn Phillips, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, and Ish Sodhi.