NZ tour of Ireland Scotland Netherlands

Former Dutch player Michael Rippon has earned his first call-up to the New Zealand limited-overs squad which will tour Ireland and Scotland in July and the Netherlands in early August.

According to an NZC media report on Tuesday, Rippon is considered to be the first specialist left arm wrist spinner selected for the national side. New Zealand will play three ODIs and three T20Is against Ireland from July 10 and will play in two T20Is and a one-off ODI against Scotland in Edinburgh from July 27. Then they play two T20Is against the Netherlands in The Hague on August 4 and 6.

Tom Latham leads the squad in the ODI series, first against Ireland in Dublin before returning home with Henry Nicholls and Jacob Duffy, while Matt Henry (Kent) and Will Young (Northants) will leave the squad for county cricket. All-rounder Mitchell Santner takes over the captaincy for the remaining tours.

Rippon is part of the contingent that will play three T20Is against Ireland, the limited-overs series against Scotland and the Netherlands, for whom he played in the past.

Kane Williamson’s cousin Dane Cleaver, who is currently with the England Test team, is the other uncapped player to have been named to both T20I squads. Earlier this year he was selected for the one-off T20I against the Netherlands in Napier, but that match was canceled due to bad weather. His retention suggests that Tim Seifert has been pushed down the pecking order.

“Michael Rippon thoroughly deserves his roster after many seasons of consistent performance at home,” said selector Gavin Larsen. “His twist on the wrist of the left arm is a point of difference and he also offers some punch down with the bat.

“We have plenty of spin options in the squads and I’m sure both Michaels [Rippon and Bracewell] will love the chance to hang out with Mitch [Santner] and Ish [Sodhi] and learn from their experience.

“And Dane has earned his chance thanks to his strong form for the Central Stags and it’s great to see his recent call up to the England test squad.”

From the Ireland T20I series, Mark Chapman, Jimmy Neesham, Daryl Mitchell and Ben Sears will join them.

In 2013, Rippon had moved to New Zealand from South Africa to play for Otago. The 30-year-old played 31 caps for the Netherlands and most recently played against New Zealand in three ODIs at Bay Oval and Seddon Park in March.

His ability to play for an all-new team so soon after playing for an old team is due to an ICC rule that says players can represent an affiliate or associate country while still being available for full-member selection. However, once they are listed on an international match team list for a Full Member country, they will not be able to play for the Affiliate or Associate for three years.

Meanwhile, given their workload, Williamson, Trent Boult, Tim Southee and Devon Conway will return to New Zealand after the England Test series. They are likely to return for the white-ball tour of the West Indies in August, ahead of the T20 World Cup in Australia in October.

Fast bowler Adam Milne, who is returning from a hamstring injury sustained during IPL 2022, has been selected for both teams. He was able to play his first ODI in almost five years, while Glenn Phillips is included in the ODI squad for the first time.

Opener Finn Allen and sailor Ben Sears were also able to make their ODI debut, having already played a handful of T20Is.

“Firstly, it’s very exciting to tour these developing cricket countries,” Larsen said. “As more Full Member countries play them both at home and away, we see how much they improve and we know they will appreciate their chances in their own circumstances.

“After the end of the England Test series and in the midst of another busy year, these tours would always be an opportunity to further test our depth in white-ball cricket.”

Head coach Gary Stead will take a short break with Shane Jurgensen who leads the coaching staff for the Ireland leg of the tour with Luke Ronchi and former England international Luke Wright. Jurgensen and Ronchi then fly home, with Stead returning as head coach and will be joined by Graeme Aldridge (bowling), Dean Brownlie (batting) and Wright (fourth coach) for the Scotland, Netherlands and West Indies series.

The first group will leave New Zealand for Ireland on 3 July.

ODI squad for Ireland: Tom Latham (capt&wk), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Dane Cleaver (wk), Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Adam Milne, Henry Nicholls, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Will Young

Squad for Ireland T20Is, Scotland and Netherlands series: Mitchell Santner (capt), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver (wk), Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Michael Rippon, Ben Sears, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner

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