New Zealand Tour of Bangladesh: Matt Henry returns to T20I team after four years, replaces Finn Allen

New Zealand Tour of Bangladesh: Matt Henry returns to T20I team after four years, replaces Finn Allen
New Zealand Tour of Bangladesh: Matt Henry returns to T20I team after four years, replaces Finn Allen

New Zealand Tour of Bangladesh- Matt Henry replaces Finn Allen: Matt Henry has been called into the New Zealand T20I squad to play Bangladesh.

New Zealand Tour of Bangladesh: The 29-year-old fast-bowler joins the team as a replacement for batsman Finn Allen, who is in quarantine after returning a positive Covid-19 test.

Henry was initially selected solely for the Pakistan ODI leg of the Black Caps away trip, but will now leave New Zealand in the coming days to join the team in Dhaka.

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Henry last made a T20I appearance four years ago in Napier, also against Bangladesh. He has taken seven wickets in six career T20I matches, only going wicketless in his debut back in December 2014 against Pakistan.

New Zealand Men’s Head Coach Gary Stead acknowledges Henry is not a straight swap for Allen, though feels he will bring balance to the group, helping with the bowling workload.

“Matt’s clearly not a like-for-like replacement for Finn, but he expands our selection options and, in the current circumstances, is the best equipped to join the side at such short notice.”

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“He’s received both doses of the Covid-19 vaccination and already has an MIQ bed allocated for his return.”

“And, in the current environment, we remain mindful of the need to carefully balance player workloads.”

After his positive Covid-19 test, Allen remains with the team and will be monitored by New Zealand support staff.

Squad: Tom Latham (captain), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry, Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears, Blair Tickner, Will Young.

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