New Zealand have named all-rounder Daryl Mitchell as a replacement for injured Devon Conway for the Test series against India. Conway was ruled out of the 20-20 World Cup final and the following India tour due to a broken hand. Mitchell has been rewarded for his consistent performances in the last couple of years.
Even in the 20-20 World Cup semifinal against England, Mitchell played a match-winning innings to take New Zealand home. Mitchell so far has played 5 Tests for New Zealand, scoring 232 runs at an average of 58, including a century and half-century each.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead is ecstatic to have Mitchell in the Test squad and said that he will bring a lot of value to the side. “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 for this tour,” said Stead
The New Zealand tour of India begins with the T20I series, which gets underway on November 17, with matches on November 19 and 21. The Test series will start on November 25 in Kanpur before the caravan moves to Mumbai for the final Test from December 3.