New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Wednesday announced that Mitchell Santner will be leading the side in the final T20I against West Indies. The board has rested Tim Southee for the third and final T20I scheduled to be played on November 30 in Mount Maunganui.
Santner will also replace Ajaz Patel in the squad for the first Test match starting December 3 at Seddon Park in Hamilton. The 28-year-old will also become the eighth New Zealand player to captain the T20I side during West Indies series.
Meanwhile, all-rounder, Colin de Grandhomme has also been ruled out of the Test series after sustaining an injury on his right foot. He will be replaced by the bowler Daryl Mitchell in the Test squad.
“It’s disappointing for Colin to be ruled out of the Tests completely and he’ll now target being fit and available for the Boxing Day Test at Bay Oval,” NZ head coach Gary Stead said.
“Ajaz will join the team in Hamilton to have treatment and train. We will make a call on the second Test in Wellington closer to the time” he added.
Both Santner and Darly Mitchell will be available for the final T20I match before joining the Test squad for the series.
“They both proved last summer in the Tests against England what they can do in our conditions with Mitch scoring a century and claiming three wickets at Bay Oval, while Daryl produced a polished half-century on debut at Seddon Park” Stead said.
Trent Boult and Kane Williamson will also return to the Test squad after the conclusion of the T20I series. Both of them were rested for the T20I series after returning from IPL in UAE.