Ish Sodhi gets Test call for New Zealand's tour of Pakistan

Kiwi Legspinner Ish Sodhi gets Test call for New Zealand's tour of Pakistan after a long wait of more than four years.

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Kiwi Legspinner Ish Sodhi, who last played a Test match four years ago, the uncapped Blair Tickner, and Glenn Phillips, who has one Test cap, have been picked for New Zealand's tour of Pakistan which begins on December 26.

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A picture of the New Zealand team from 2016

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The two-match series will be Tim Southee's first assignment as New Zealand's full-time Test captain after Kane Williamson stepped down from the post earlier on Thursday. It will be Williamson's first series not as New Zealand captain since February 2016.

Trent Boult, who is no longer on a New Zealand central contract, had made himself unavailable for selection for the tour. Moreover, Kyle Jamieson was unavailable because he is still recovering from a back injury.

"I know all three of the guys have a real passion for the longest form of the game and are looking forward to getting into their red-ball work at the pre-tour camp in Lincoln this week."

"Ish has been playing international cricket for almost a decade now and we're backing his skills and experience."

New Zealand coach Gary Stead said

While Sodhi has been a regular fixture in New Zealand's white-ball teams, he's played only 17 Tests since his debut in 2013, the last of those coming against Pakistan in the UAE in November 2018. Phillips played his only Test so far against Australia at the SCG in January 2020 and made a half-century in the first innings, while Tickner was part of the Test squads for the home series against South Africa and the tour of England but is yet to play a game.

Apart from Sodhi, New Zealand's spin options in the squad are left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel, who became the third bowler to take all ten wickets in an innings on the tour of India in 2021, and the offspinner Michael Bracewell.

New Zealand Test squad for the tour of Pakistan

Tim Southee (C)

Michael Bracewell

Tom Blundell (wk)

Devon Conway

Matt Henry

Tom Latham

Daryl Mitchell

Henry Nicholls

Ajaz Patel

Glenn Phillips

Ish Sodhi

Blair Tickner

Neil Wagner

Kane Williamson

Will Young

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New Zealand is touring Pakistan for the first time since 2003 and will be playing two Tests starting on December 26 in Karachi and January 3 in Multan.

Williamson will then take over the captaincy for the three ODIs in Karachi on January 10, 12, and 14, and for the following white-ball tour of India. The squads for those limited-overs series will be announced on December 19.

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