Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Rhodes Name 15 Strong Squad For Clash With The Black Caps

Rhodes Name 15 Strong Squad For Clash With The Black Caps

Worcestershire Director of Cricket Steve Rhodes has named a 15 strong squad for the four-day game with New Zealand which gets underway at New Road tomorrow.

Rhodes has included all of the players in action in the LV = County Championship clash with Warwickshire at Edgbaston which finished yesterday – minus Sri Lankan spinner Sachithra Senanayake.

Moeen Ali is available to face the Black Caps who launch their two match Test series against England next Thursday.

All-rounders Ed Barnard and Ross Whiteley, spinner Shaaiq Choudhry, paceman Chris Russell and batsman Tom Kohler-Cadmore have been added to the players who faced The Bears.

The game is likely to be 13 or 14-a-side with New Zealand keen for some of their players returning from the IPL to play some red ball cricket.

But it will still be a great opportunity for the county's players to test themselves against high quality opposition in a competitive game of cricket.

Worcestershire chief executive David Leatherdale said: "At this moment in time it is not first class and is potentially likely to be a 13-14 a side game.

"The ECB have agreed this directly with New Zealand on the basis they have got six players in the IPL, some of which won't arrive until the day before the first Test starting.

"It will give our guys the opportunity to play against high quality cricketers that New Zealand have proved they are by getting to the final of the World Cup in one-day cricket.

"To have any tourist side here, with such games becoming less and less with the commitments around the world, is great and if it means playing a 13 or 14 a side game, that is a competitive game, then that might be the way it has to be.

"But anything that gets a decent game of cricket on weather permitting, and seeing the tourists which we don't see that often, is beneficial to the club."

Rhodes said: "We understand New Zealand have some players coming back from IPL which means they are wanting to play a format of cricket where you play a squad.

"The reason they are doing that is they have not seen some of their IPL players because of their IPL commitments and they want to try and get some red ball cricket into them.

"The ECB have been hospitable in allowing that to happen and we just fall in line.

"We are very grateful to host New Zealand, we love international teams coming to Worcester and, if that is how we have to play the game, then we will play it that way."


Daryl Mitchell

Richard Oliver

Moeen Ali

Tom Fell

Alex Gidman

Alexei Kervezee

Ross Whiteley

Ben Cox

Joe Leach

Ed Barnard

Jack Shantry

Charlie Morris

Shaaiq Choudhry

Chris Russell

Tom Kohler-Cadmore