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New Zealand Call Up Left-arm Spinner Ajaz Patel For Test Series vs Pakistan

Reuters |July 25, 2018, 12:42 PM IST
New Zealand Call Up Left-arm Spinner Ajaz Patel For Test Series vs Pakistan

Wellington: Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel is in line to make his New Zealand Test debut after being named in the squad to play Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates later this year.

The India-born 29-year-old, New Zealand's top domestic wicket-taker in the past three seasons, replaces allrounder Mitchell Santner who is still recovering from knee surgery, New Zealand Cricket said in a media release on Wednesday.

Patel joins wrist-spinners Todd Astle and Ish Sodhi in the 15-man squad for the three-Test series starting in October.

Selectors also opted to include a second wicketkeeper in Tom Blundell alongside BJ Watling in the squad.

Squad: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Jeet Raval, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling

Cricket World Cup Points Table

Pos Team P W L T/NR PTS NRR
1
IND
9 7 1 1 15 +0.80
2
AUS
9 7 2 0 14 +0.86
3
ENG
9 6 3 0 12 +1.15
4
NZ
9 5 3 1 11 +0.17
5
PAK
9 5 3 1 11 -0.43
6
SL
9 3 4 2 8 -0.91
7
SA
9 3 5 1 7 -0.03
8
BAN
9 3 5 1 7 -0.41
9
WI
9 2 6 1 5 -0.22
10
AFG
9 0 9 0 0 -1.32

Team Rankings

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 6420 123
2 India 6807 122
3 New Zealand 4763 113
4 Australia 5470 112
5 South Africa 5193 110
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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
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