Hesson: Perfect opportunity to blood youngsters

New Zealand

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson believes their upcoming tours to Zimbabwe and South Africa is the perfect time to blood new talent into the Black Caps team.

The Kiwis will play three ODIs and a T20 in Zimbabwe and then they will tackle the Proteas in two T20s and three ODIs.

Batsman Kane Williamson will skipper the side after the Black Caps opted to rest Brendon McCullum. Regulars Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Corey Anderson have also been excused from the tour to rest up some niggling injuries.

Hesson said: "The key thing for us is we've got a lot of young players we're introducing. A couple of years ago we did the same, Corey Anderson, James Neesham and Mitchell McClenaghan that was their first tour.

"There's guys like George Worker and Ben Wheeler who are trying to make their way into international cricket too so if we look in four years time which is the next World Cup, this is the perfect opportunity to start that "

The first ODI against Zimbabwe starts on 2 August in Harare.