Michael Bracewell will lead the NZ XI side in the warm-ups; BJ Watling to be among coaching staff
Taylor was ruled out of the Plunket Shield round that started on Friday, for Central Districts, for being a Covid-19 “household contact”, but he will feature in the second warm-up match on March 19 as well as the only T20I against the Netherlands on March 21, both in Napier.
“I’m looking forward to getting down to Napier and playing on one of my favourite grounds in McLean Park,” Taylor said. “It’s a great opportunity to get some time in the middle after missing the latest round of the Plunket Shield, and it will also be useful to have a look at the touring team ahead of the ODI series.
“I’m looking forward to sharing the dressing room with some new and younger faces who I hope I can help by passing on some knowledge.
“The Netherlands are an ever-improving side and they’ll be relishing the chance to take on a Test-playing nation. They have a few familiar players from the New Zealand domestic scene who I’m sure will be valuable to them in terms of understanding the conditions.”
Sears has already had a taste of international cricket by playing two T20Is in Bangladesh last September. Bracewell had to turn down his maiden New Zealand call-up on the same tour because he awaited the birth of his first child, and Cleaver is yet to be included in a New Zealand squad.
The two warm-up games against the Netherlands will be played behind closed doors at McLean Park on March 17 and 19, followed by a one-off T20I on March 21. Netherlands will then take on New Zealand in a T20I on March 25, followed by the ODIs on March 29, April 2 and 4.
New Zealand XI squad: Michael Bracewell (capt), Matt Bacon, Matt Boyle, Josh Clarkson, Dane Cleaver (wk), James Hartshorn, Mitch Hay, Jayden Lennox, Angus McKenzie, Jock McKenzie, Tim Pringle, Ben Sears, Jesse Tashkoff (game 1), Ross Taylor (games 2 and 3)