Black Caps back to bolster Knights
Black Caps Trent Boult and Anton Devcich are poised to bolster the Northern Knights for Saturday's Ford Trophy final.
The two returnees from the New Zealand side knocked out of the World Twenty20 tournament in Bangladesh this week
have indicated to coach James Pamment that they'll be ready to play the domestic one-day final against the Wellington Firebirds in Mount Maunganui.
Pamment said he would leave a decision on availability up to the NZ duo.
''They'll make that call if they feel they're refreshed enough and ready and able to play.
"We have built a strong feeling amongst the group throughout this short campaign, but that will only be added to by the inclusion of Trent and Anton,'' Pamment said.
''They are two outstanding people who bring so much to any team they are in."
The SkyCity Knights finished the Trophy regular season in second spot and won an automatic spot into the final and hosting rights with a victory over the Canterbury Wizards in the major semifinal in Christchurch last Sunday.
Boult was a standout performer with the ball in New Zealand's elimination loss to Sri Lanka earlier this week, while allrounder Devcich adds to the Knights' spin bowling arsenal that has been a feature of their limited-overs game this season and helped them win the Twenty20 title.
Fellow Black Caps Kane Williamson, Corey Anderson and Tim Southee are unavailable for the final. Williamson is heading to
England to take up his county contract with Yorkshire, Anderson dislocated his finger against Sri Lanka and faces a recovery of about a month before playing in the IPL, while Southee is having a brief rest before the IPL starts.
Pamment won't name his starting XI until tomorrow, with while it's expected NZ limited-overs wicketkeeper/batsman Luke Ronchi will join the Wellington side.
Should veteran seamer Graeme Aldridge be named in the home team's line-up, he will become Northern Districts' most-capped one-day player - surpassing the 122 matches played by former skipper and wicketkeeper Robbie Hart.
Northern Knights squad for the Ford Trophy final: Daniel Flynn (captain), Brad Wilson, Joe Carter, Daryl Mitchell, BJ Watling, Anton Devcich, Scott Kuggeleijn, Brett Hampton, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Jono Boult, Graeme Aldridge, Anurag Verma, Trent Boult.