ENG vs NZ 1st T20I: Why is James Neesham not playing England vs New Zealand T20 series?
Updated on: Aug 28, 2023 10:55 am IST
Spin-bowling allrounder Cole McConchie to stay on with the Black Caps squad for the four-match T20 series against England.
New Zealand’s star all-rounder James Neesham will be absent from the upcoming T20 series against England. Neesham, who played a pivotal role in leading the Oval Invincibles to victory in The Hundred men’s final.
Why is James Neesham not playing England vs New Zealand T20 series?
James Neesham is opting to return to his home country early to be with his wife ahead of the birth of their first child. Originally slated to participate in the T20 series, Neesham’s decision to prioritize family moments marks a heartwarming chapter in his life.
While Neesham’s absence from the T20 series against England is a loss for the New Zealand squad, his decision to prioritize family underscores the personal side of athletes. Cricket enthusiasts will undoubtedly miss his contributions on the field, but the reason behind his absence reflects the values and priorities that extend beyond the boundary.
The Oval Invincibles clinched a memorable victory at Lord’s, with Neesham contributing an unbeaten 57 off 33 balls in a crucial partnership with Tom Curran. This partnership not only steered their side to triumph but also marked a partnership of 127 runs from 65 balls for the sixth wicket, rescuing the Invincibles from a challenging position of 34-5.
Neesham’s role in the revival of the Invincibles’ innings showcased his prowess and resilience. The left-hander’s performance was reminiscent of his six off pace bowler Jofra Archer in the Super Over of New Zealand’s World Cup final loss to England in 2019. His ability to step up in pressure situations has solidified his reputation as a valuable asset in the cricketing world.
Cole McConchie replaces James Neesham in NZ squad
Neesham’s absence from the T20 series provides an opportunity for spin-bowling allrounder Cole McConchie to stay on with the Black Caps squad for the four-game series against England. Neesham’s presence will be missed, but McConchie’s inclusion ensures a continued depth in the team’s composition.
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