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New pair called up for Black Caps T20 series against India

Northern Districts batting all-rounder Daryl Mitchell and Central Districts seam bowler Blair Tickner have been called up into the Black Caps’ squad for their upcoming Twenty 20 series against India.

Mitchell's selection comes after his recent good form in the national T20 competition with Tickner only selected to play in the final game of the series, replacing New Zealand quick Lockie Ferguson.

Black Caps selector Gaven Larsen said Mitchell impressed selectors after his solid performances for the Knights.

"Both Daryl and Blair have been rewarded for the strong form they've produced in domestic cricket," said Larsen.

"They've been there or thereabouts for most of the season and both featured in our NZ A short-format teams.

"Daryl has shown his value with the bat and also tends to bowl at some tough times for the Knights, and Blair is well-respected among his team-mates and opponents alike as someone who bowls a heavy ball at good pace."

The T20 series begins next Wednesday in Wellington.

New Zealand T20 squad vs India: Kane Williamson (c), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson (Games 1 & 2), Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Blair Tickner (Game 3).

Northern Districts batting allrounder Daryl Mitchell and Central Districts seam bowler Blair Tickner in action during a domestic T20 match.
Northern Districts batting allrounder Daryl Mitchell and Central Districts seam bowler Blair Tickner in action during a domestic T20 match. Source: Photosport