In the last test series to be played in Sri Lanka, England regularly bowled three spinners and only one front-line seamer, having to pick between Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad. Patel returned with a tally of 13 wickets while Somerville grabbed seven as New Zealand beat Pakistan 2-1 to clinch a historic series win.
Besides these four spinners, Tom Latham, Jeet Raval and Henry Nicholls are the other players to look for after they all were included in the Test squad for the upcoming two-match Test series against Sri Lanka.
Black Caps coach Gary Stead said the squad followed a "horses-for courses" type strategy, taking into account previous matches held in Sri Lanka.
New Zealand coach Gary Stead said Samaraweera would bring great experience and skills to the group. Colin de Grandhomme has been opted for as a seam-bowling all-rounder.
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Mount Maunganui based bowler Trent Boult who was named in the 15-man-squad has managed to come home to the Bay following the world cup, however he excited to head off again and take on the Sri Lankan's on their soil.
Despite only being back in New Zealand for a short time following the side's heartbreak super over loss to England in the Cricket World Cup final, Stead says the group has had time to reflect, and getting stuck into red ball cricket is the best possible scenario for the team. Incidentally, only Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor from the touring party have played Tests in Sri Lanka.
"Obviously every side is going to be fighting for that opportunity to play in the final", New Zealand's captain said, "But I guess as we've seen and felt, even in a World Cup which is over two months, the focus is on the immediate challenge ahead and what you need to try and do". Tom Blundell, who has a hundred on his Test debut, was picked as the back-up wicket-keeper to BJ Watling.
"We've been playing some good Test cricket over a very long period of time, there's a reason that we ended up at the right end of the rankings".
New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Monday announced 15-member squad for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.The team will be led by Kane Williamson and the test squad comprises of four frontline spinners.