Just days after his semi-final heroics against England, New Zealand all-rounder Daryl Mitchell has been added to the Test squad for the tour of India. The Kiwis are set to play three T20Is after the T20 World Cup in India, before a two-match Test series. Mitchell comes in as a replacement for Devon Conway, who was ruled out of the series following a broken hand.
Daryl Mitchell was named on Sunday as the replacement for the injured Devon Conway in the New Zealand squad for the two-test series in India starting later this month. The left-hander was ruled out of the tour and the T20 World Cup final after breaking his hand when hitting his bat after being dismissed against England. Head coach Gary Stead said Conway would return home with the T20 squad after their three-game series in India next week, while Mitchell will stay on for tests.
“It’s a shame for Devon to miss out on the first series of the new World Test Championship cycle, but it also offers up an opportunity for someone else. Daryl’s versatility means he can cover a lot of batting positions and he’s certainly got plenty of confidence at the moment. He’s proven he can perform in test cricket and I know he’s excited to rejoin the test group,” said head coach Gary Stead.
Devon Conway’s spot as an opener in the test team is up for grabs and Will Young could be the likely candidate although the uncapped Rachin Ravindra may also be considered as he would provide another spin option. Conway’s absence will be a huge blow after the kind of start he made to his red-ball career.
The left-hander scored a double century on debut against England at Lord’s in June which he followed with 80 in the second Test and another half-century in the World Test Championship final against India. As for Mitchell, the hard-hitting all-rounder has played five Tests as a middle-order batter and part-time seamer, averaging 58. He made his maiden test century against Pakistan at Hagley Oval in January.