Trent Boult is good to go to get back to the T20I crease for New Zealand during the impending three-match series against Australia. The veteran pacer, who last played in a Twenty20 International in November 2022, has been included in Auckland for the second and third Twenty20 Internationals. He will take Tim Southee’s place, who will only play the first Twenty20 International to manage his workload prior to the two-match Test series.

Additionally in the 14-man crew are uncapped all-rounder Josh Clarkson and Rachin Ravindra. Daryl Mitchell, who is nursing a foot injury, and Kane Williamson, who is away on paternity leave, weren’t accessible for determination.

Selector Sam Wells stated, “It’s never ideal to miss two of your best players for such a big series, but in saying that, we do have a lot of faith in the guys coming in.” Josh and Rachin, who were both on our white-ball teams this summer, are thrilled to have this chance.

“We were encouraged by Josh’s performances with the ball in his first ODI series against Bangladesh before Christmas. Josh hits the ball as long and hard as anyone else.

“Rachin’s talent and class have been obvious to everyone over the past six months, and like Josh, it’s great to have his all-around skill set in this team.”

Michael Bracewell (finger injury) and Jimmy Neesham (Bangladesh Chief Association) were likewise inaccessible for determination.

Squad: Mitchell Santner (c), Finn Allen, Trent Boult (games 2 and 3), Imprint Chapman, Josh Clarkson, Devon Conway (wk), Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee (game 1)

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