The squad for the 2016 twin test tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa are due to be named in the next day or so.
Two tours against very differing opposition in very different conditions. So it would make sense to take an enlarged squad with maybe a spinner dropping out after the Zimbabwe leg, and a fast bowler coming in for tests in the Republic. So let’s say 16 and let’s pull names from the hat.
Tom Latham Incumbent
Martin Guptill: Incumbent, but under review. Waiting in the wings is
Dean Brownlie: Cover for above, and with a good record in South Africa.
Kane Williamson ©
Henry Nicholls Incumbent, and Colin Munro has not really done enough to displace. Could be a marginal call. Brownlie is there as cover too.
Corey J Anderson: With Mitch Santner around there is probably not room for both Anderson and Neesham in a current NZ squad. Again, incumbent. That is tough on Jimmy Neesham, but there is not a compelling enough argument right now.
Mitch Santner: In the space of a year, Santner has become such an important squad member now, and a big factor in final XI make-up. Kind of incumbent.
Neil Wagner: Also an incumbent and finally rated for what he can do in all conditions.
Doug Bracewell: Incumbent
Matt Henry: Maybe for the SA leg only.
Ish Sodhi: Will definitely play in Zimbabwe.
Mark Craig: He is kind of the incumbent, but his place will probably depend on the negotiated size of squad.