Sodhi and Anderson in New Zealand Test squad

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The uncapped Ish Sodhi and Corey Anderson have been named in New Zealand's squad for next month's series against Bangladesh, which will feature Tests at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong and Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.

The uncapped Ish Sodhi and Corey Anderson have been named in New Zealand's squad for next month's series against Bangladesh, which will feature Tests at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong and Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.

Indian-born leg-spinner Sodhi and all-rounder Anderson impressed for the A side against their Indian counterparts in Visakhapatnam recently, consequently earning call-ups in the absence of the injured Daniel Vettori and Martin Guptill. Seamer Tim Southee might join the tour belatedly – if he recovers fully from ankle surgery.

"Both players have been on our radar and we've been pleased with the consistency Ish showed with the ball on the current A tour, while Corey made an impressive century earlier this week," said coach Mike Hesson.

"Corey gives the squad options as he can bat in the top six and provide useful seam bowling. The Bangladesh tour is a good opportunity to introduce a promising spinner, and having two specialist spinners in the squad gives us the option to utilise wickets that are likely to turn."

The tour will also include three ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 International. The Black Caps, thereafter, will travel to Sri Lanka for three ODIs and two T20Is. The squad for these nine limited-overs matches will be announced next week.

<b>Test squad:</b> Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, Brendon McCullum (captain), BJ Watling, Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Mark Gillespie, Ish Sodhi, Bruce Martin.

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