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Young New Zealand Batting Star Finn Allen Receives Maiden National Call-Up

Young New Zealand Batting Star Finn Allen Receives Maiden National Call-Up

Young batting sensation from New Zealand, Finn Allen has got his maiden call-up from the national team and been named in the 13-player squad to take on Bangladesh in the upcoming three-match T20I series.

Young batting sensation from New Zealand, Finn Allen has got his maiden call-up from the national team and been named in the 13-player squad to take on Bangladesh in the upcoming three-match T20I series.

Allen was the top-scorer in the Super Smash season, hammering 512 runs at an average of 56.88 with a strike rate of 193.93.

New Zealand have also named Will Young in the T20I squad. Young, a top-order batsman has already played two Tests and as many ODIs for New Zealand.

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In a return of express pace, New Zealand have also recalled Lockie Ferguson and Adam Milne after injuries. Ferguson starred for New Zealand in November’s T20I series against the West Indies, taking seven wickets at 8.00 before succumbing to a back injury. Milne meanwhile will be hoping to play his first match for the Black Caps since November 2018.

Ferguson, Milne and Allen will depart for the IPL immediately after the Bangladesh T20I series, where they will join Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Jimmy Neesham and Tim Seifert, none of whom have been selected for this series.

Tim Southee will captain the side in Williamson’s absence.

“Tim is a great leader in any Black Caps side, we’ve seen how well he’s slipped into the T20 captain’s position in the past and we look forward to him continuing to grow in the role," stated selector Gavin Larsen.

“It’s certainly been a season like no other and once again we’ve had to be pragmatic in our approach. The six guys who will miss this series are incumbents in our T20 side and the decision to give them some time at home with family before they embark on a long stint in India, was principally made with their welfare in mind."

“We’re also very aware of the need to give others opportunities in a World Cup year and it’s great to be able to introduce Finn and Will to the set-up, as well as welcome back Lockie and Adam. It’s especially an exciting time for Finn, who will be getting his first taste of the Black Caps environment," added Larsen - a former bowling all-rounder and ODI specialist for New Zealand.

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“His Super Smash campaign with the Firebirds was nothing short of outstanding and we believe he has the skills to succeed at the next level. We’re delighted to see Lockie and Adam return after working really hard to get back to this point. They are two of the premier fast bowlers in world cricket and it’s fantastic to be able to call on their services, in what is shaping as a big year of T20 cricket."

The three-match series begins on Sunday, March 28.

New Zealand squad

Tim Southee (c), Finn Allen, Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway (wk), Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Ish Sodhi, Will Young

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