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Blair Tickner will make his Test debut against England in 2023, confirms Tim Southee

Blair Tickner will make his Test debut against England in 2023, confirms Tim Southee

Tim Southee, captain of New Zealand, has confirmed that paceman Blair Tickner will make his Test debut against England on February 16 at Mount Maunganui. New Zealand is scheduled to host England in a two-match Test series, although this does not account for the 2021-23 World Test Championship cycle.

Kyle Jamieson was ruled out of the series due to a stress fracture in his back, prompting the inclusion of Tickner in the lineup. In addition, Matt Henry will not participate in the pink-ball competition because he is on maternity leave.

Southee was quoted by ESPNcricinfo as stating, “He’s been around the group for a long and has played in the one-day and Twenty20 formats. It’s exciting for him and his family for what should be a really unique moment.”
The 29-year-old has appeared in 17 T20Is and nine ODIs for New Zealand, claiming 16 and 13 wickets, respectively. Additionally, the Central Stags bowler has taken 178 wickets at a low average of 35.17 in 61 First-Class appearances.

Two uncapped players have been added to New Zealand’s roster.
The Blackcaps management has opted to add two uncapped players to the squad: Jacob Duffy and Scott Kuggeleijn. Southee and company have bolstered the pace-bowling options with a variety of bowlers, including Neil Wagner and Blair Tickner, in addition to the two uncapped players and the captain.

The English side, led by star all-rounder Ben Stokes, have confirmed their playing XI with the return of veteran pacer Stuart Broad, who joins James Anderson and Ollie Robinson. It is worth noting that the English side has not found success in the Antipodean nation since 2008. Stokes and company will look to turn the tables and finally end their losing streak in the away series.


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