Big name Black Caps back for Windies tour

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Captain Kane Williamson will return from a short break to lead a strengthened New Zealand cricket team on their first tour of the Caribbean in eight years.

The Black Caps will play the West Indies in three one-day and three Twenty20 internationals in a packed August 10-21 schedule. The first match is the opening T20 at Kingston, Jamaica.

Batters Tom Latham and Devon Conway and fast bowlers Trent Boult and Tim Southee also will rejoin the team after returning home early from recent tours to England, Scotland, Ireland and the Netherlands.

New Zealand have rotated players throughout those series to manage the high workload in a season in which they face matches in one of three formats in every month in 2022.

The West Indies series is important to the Kiwis as part of their buildup to the T20 World Cup and because it carries qualification points for the one-day World Cup.

New Zealand last played the West Indies in the Caribbean in 2014.

"It's always exciting to be heading somewhere you've not been in a while and I know this group can't wait for the challenge of taking on the West Indies in the Caribbean," New Zealand head coach Gary Stead said.

"Managing workloads is hugely important this year with the team playing some form of cricket every month in 2022 and this applies to both players and staff.

"For Kane, Trent, Tim and Devon this will be the first time they have played white ball cricket for New Zealand since last year's T20 World Cup and tour to India, so this trip will be important for them."

The 15-man New Zealand squad also includes Michael Bracewell and Finn Allen who performed well during recent white ball matches.

"As a selector it's been great to see these guys push their cases," Stead said.

NEW ZEALAND SQUAD: Kane Williamson (capt), Finn Allen, Trent Boult, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.

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