NZ 'A' name touring squad for Scotland

16 Apr

New Zealand have revealed a strong 'A' squad to visit Scotland during their month long tour to the UK for one day matches against Sri Lanka A and the England Lions.

BJ Watling will lead his side north of the border for three one day matches, with two in Ayr (15 and 17 August) and one at the Grange in Edinburgh (21 August).

Tom Latham, a former Scottish Saltire, will be hoping to make an impression on his return to Scotland. The top order batsman appeared in three Yorkshire Bank 40 games in 2013, scoring a total of 35 runs.

Tom Latham during his spell with the Saltires (Ian Potts)

The touring squad features some well-known names, eight of whom have featured at Test level for the Black Caps.

Colin de Grandhomme, former West of Scotland professional, is also included in the touring party, while Hamish Rutherford will return to his former club Ayr, whom he represented in 2007 – having also returned to Scotland as a professional at Stenhousemuir in 2010. Rutherford also struck a century against the Saltires for Essex in last season’s Yorkshire Bank 40.

New Zealand coach, Mike Hesson, told the New Zealand Herald after the announcement of the squad, "It's a very important tour in terms of the World Cup and players showing they are able to perform certain roles for us,"

"They will have a number of opportunities to show they are capable of batting at the top of the order in one-day cricket. It's going to be a huge opportunity for those guys. There are some very contestable positions for the World Cup squad."

New Zealand A squad: BJ Watling, Hamish Bennett, Dean Brownlie, Colin de Grandhomme, Anton Devcich, Grant Elliott, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tom Latham, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Hamish Rutherford, Ish Sodhi, Todd Astle, Michael Bracewell, Mark Craig.

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