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Mitchell replaces Conway for India Tests

In form batsman Daryl Mitchell has replaced Devon Conway in the BLACKCAPS Test squad for the upcoming G.J. Gardner Homes Tour of India.

Conway was earlier ruled out of the tour and the ICC T20 World Cup Final with a broken hand sustained in the BLACKCAPS semi-final win over England on Wednesday.

Coach Gary Stead said Conway would return home with the T20 squad after their three-game series in India next week, while Mitchell will stay on for the two Test series starting later this month.

“It’s a shame for Devon to miss out on the first series of the new World Test Championship cycle, but it also offers up an opportunity for someone else,” Stead said.

“Daryl’s versatility means he can cover a lot of batting positions and he’s certainly got plenty of confidence at the moment.

“He’s proven he can perform in Test cricket and I know he’s excited to rejoin the Test group.”

The BLACKCAPS head to India on Monday to begin the tour with three T20 Internationals, the first of which is on November 17 in Jaipur followed by Ranchi on the 19th and Kolkata on the 21st.

The two Test series starts in Kanpur on November 25 with the second Test in Mumbai from December 3.

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