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Chapman set for BLACKCAPS debut

Mark Chapman is in line to make his BLACKCAPS debut, having been named in the T20 squad for the remainder of the GJ Gardner Homes Tri-series against England and Australia.

Chapman, who has represented Hong Kong in the past but is eligible for New Zealand, averaged 34.11 at a strike-rate of 171.50 in this year’s Burger King Super Smash.

BLACKCAPS Selector Gavin Larsen said that the selectors had been watching Chapman’s progress.

“Mark has been very consistent over the past couple of seasons and has taken his game to another level in recent times,” said Larsen.

“His ability to hit the ball in all areas makes him a real threat and we’ve seen in the domestic competition some of the power he possesses.”

Auckland Aces Coach Mark O’Donnell is happy for his young gun to get recognised by the national side.

“Chappy has been in great form for us this season for an extended period of time. Hopefully he can continue this form for the BLACKCAPS and prove his ability on the world stage,” said O’Donnell.

The BLACKCAPS play their next match against England at Westpac Stadium on 13 February.

 

BLACKCAPS Squad

Kane Williamson (c) – Northern Districts

Trent Boult – Northern Districts

Mark Chapman – Auckland

Colin de Grandhomme – Auckland

Martin Guptill – Auckland

Anaru Kitchen – Otago

Colin Munro – Auckland

Mitchell Santner – Northern Districts

Ish Sodhi – Northern Districts

Tim Southee – Northern Districts

Tim Seifert – Northern Districts

Ross Taylor – Central Districts

Ben Wheeler – Central Districts

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