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New Zealand to pick second-tier squad for upcoming Australian tour, confirms head coach Gary Stead

New Zealand national cricket manager Gary Stead has confirmed that team management will select a second-tier squad for the upcoming tour. Australia.

Black Caps are heading to Australia for a limited series running from Sunday 30 January to Tuesday 8 February. Next up, South Africa travels to New Zealand for a two-match Test series, which kicks off on Thursday February 17.

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New Zealand manager Gary Stead said the team’s management would not pick any Test players for the upcoming White Ball Tour of Australia.

“I don’t think any Test players will be involved (the Australian series),” Stead told SENZ.

Gary Stead reveals why Australian Tour picks second-tier squad

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Stead said the decision was made keeping in mind the troubles of staying in the biosecurity bubble and the short time between the series with Australia and South Africa.

“In terms of current crossovers and quarantines, that means we also only have two or three days between the South African (Test) series,” he said.

“You’re likely to see a bit like the team we picked for Bangladesh prior to the T20 World Cup, and none of our T20 World Cup players are touring there; it will be similar, but this time there is a Test tilt,” Stead further added.

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Notably, before the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup new Zealand Played a T20I series in Bangladesh where they sent their second tier team and lost the series.

Meanwhile, the 2022 Australia New Zealand Tour will include three One Day International events and a T20I event. The ODI series will take place in Perth, Hobart and Sydney, with the T20I in Canberra on Tuesday 8th February.

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