New Zealand, on Wednesday, announced their 14-man squad for the first three One-Day Internationals against India. The hosts have not included Jimmy Neesham and Tim Seifert in the squad. Neesham and Seifert are the only two players to miss out from the squad that played against Sri Lanka earlier this month. On the other hand, Mitchell Santner, Tom Latham and Colin de Grandhomme have been recalled.
Both Latham and de Grandhomme were rested for the series against sri lanka while Santner recently recovered from a long-term injury. Tim Seifert makes way for Latham as the specialist wicketkeeper, while de Grandhomme returns in place of Jimmy Neesham. Neesham suffered a grade one hamstring strain in the third ODI against Sri Lanka, and will miss at least the first three ODIs against India, with a future place down to fitness.
Speaking on the squad, New Zealand coach Gary Stead said:
“Our two main priorities have been to select and prepare a squad capable of winning what is shaping as a massive series against India, and gathering as much information as possible ahead of the World Cup.
“Tom and Colin are experienced players in this format and will offer quality in their respective roles, and Mitch and Doug showed us what they are capable of during the T20 on Friday night,” he added.
The Men in Blue are currently in Australia and will visit New Zealand later this month for 5 ODIs and three T20Is.
New Zealand ODI squad:
Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.
India’s tour of New Zealand schedule:
1st ODI – January 23, Napier
2nd ODI – January 26, Mount Maunganui
3rd ODI – January 28, Mount Maunganui
4th ODI – January 31, Hamilton
5th ODI – February 3, Wellington
1st T20 – February 6, Wellington
2nd T20 – February 8, Auckland
3rd T20 – February 10, Hamilton
The New Zealand tour will end India’s long stay in the southern hemisphere. Virat Kohli & Co. will then return home to take on Australia and Zimbabwe. The schedule for the Zimbabwe series is not announced yet.