Somerset duo Jos Buttler and Craig Kieswetter named in England squad for New Zealand tour
Somerset County Cricket Club duo Jos Buttler and Craig Kieswetter have been named in the England squads for the tour of New Zealand in February.
Wedmore's Buttler has been selected for the three-match T20 series which starts in Auckland on Saturday, February 9.
And former Millfield School student Kieswetter will join him in the squad for the three one-day internationals, which get under way in Hamilton eight days later.
National selector Geoff Miller said: "Following on from the ODI tour to India, the tour to New Zealand will require players to adapt to different conditions and will prove a real challenge for the squad as we look to continue the progress we have made in limited-overs cricket.
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"There are a number of players who we have decided not to select for parts of the competitive programme this winter as we look to manage their workloads effectively while ensuring we remain competitive across all formats.
"We feel this is the best way of keeping players as physically and mentally fresh as possible during a demanding 2013 and beyond."
The Somerset pair are currently on England duty in India, where the first of five ODIs takes place in Rajkot next Friday.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Buttler had only just returned home after spending eight weeks in India over the winter. He was initially part of the England Performance Programme squad and later took part in the drawn T20 series in mid-December.