New Zealand announced their ODI squad on Saturday for the upcoming back-to-back home series against Pakistan and Australia. Ross Taylor is ruled out from both of the series due to injury.
Colin Munro has been added in the ODI squad along with spinner Mitchell Santner while leg-spinner Ish Sodhi has been omitted from the last Sri Lanka series squad. Recently, Colin Munro was in very good form in the T20I series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.
Brandon McCullum will be available from the 3rd ODI against Pakistan which will be held on January 31. He was suffering from a back injury since late last year and had missed last 3 ODIs in the Sri Lanka series.
New Zealand coach Mike Hesson talked about the squad, “We’ve talked about the importance of creating depth in all positions and bringing BJ into the side for the second and third ODI will give him some time against the white ball.”
Hesson said about Colin Munro, “Colin was impressive with the bat during the recent Twenty20 series, but he’s also selected on his ability to give us another option with the ball.”
Also Hesson spoke out about Mitchell Santner, “With the pitches we’re playing on we’ve opted for the one spin option. It gives Mitch Santner more responsibility as he’ll likely be asked to bowl more overs, which will be a good opportunity for his development.”
New Zealand will play back-to-back 3-match ODI series against Pakistan and then Australia in their home grounds. The Pakistan series will be held between 25th January and 31st January while the Australia series will be held between 3rd February and 8th February.
New Zealand ODI squad: Martin Guptill, Tom Latham (first two ODIs), Brendon McCullum (third ODI), Kane Williamson, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Luke Ronchi (first ODI), BJ Watling (second and third ODIs), Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Trent Boult, Mitchell McClenaghan.