In the lead up to the home series against Sri Lanka in January and World Cup in February, NZC have rested regular captain Brendon McCullum for the ODI and T20 series against Pakistan. Kane Williamson will lead the side in place of him.
Williamson has been tipped to be Brendon McCullum’s successor in long-term and this will be a good opportunity for him to make a mark as a captain. He has previously lead New Zealand in three ODIs and two T20s.
Bruce Edgar, The General Manager of National Selection of New Zealand team was quoted in saying:
“Managing players’ workloads will be an important part of our summer’s plans and this is simply an example of that. On the flipside, it gives us a chance to assess and evaluate other players in contention for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 squad, and allows us to work on some of our contingency plans – such as developing Kane’s captaincy experience.”
Trent Boult and Tim Southee have also been rested for the same reason as that of McCullum’s. Adam Milne has made a return to the squad after a long injury lay off and would be looking to make amends to find a place in the World Cup squad.
New Zealand’s T20 and ODI squad
Kane Williamson (capt), Corey Anderson, Dean Brownlie, Anton Devcich, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Ross Taylor, Daniel Vettori.
Probable Playing XI:
Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Corey Anderson, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Nathan McCullum, Daniel Vettori, Kyle Mills, Mitchell McClenaghan
Check out Pakistan’s ODI squad here.
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