New Zealand announced 15-man squad for this year’s cricket World Cup would be played in England and Wales.New Zealand will start their campaign against Sri Lanka in Cardiff on June 1.

Coach Gary stead said the Kane Williamson-led black caps had repeatedly proved itself at the top level and he was confident the consistency would shine through at the tournament.

Wellington keeper Blundell was selected after Tim Siefert, the regular back-up to first-choice gloveman Tom Latham, broke his finger in a domestic match last month.

While Blundell, who has two test caps, will likely make his one-day international debut at the tournament, his role will be marginal if Latham stays fit.

Mitchell Santner will be the New Zealander´s primary spinner, with Ish Sodhi edging Todd Astle to claim the second slow bowling position.

The pace attack comprises Tim Southee, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry, while Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme add Allround options.

Williamson and Ross Taylor, in his fourth world cup campaign, complete a battle-hardened batting line up. 

Henry Nicholls is set to open the batting with veteran Martin Guptill after displacing Colin Munro at the top of the order, although Munro will make the trip as batting cover.

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