New Zealand will miss out on the services of their key pacers Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson for the three-match ODI series against India. Apart from them, Matt Henry is also not fit and missed out on selection. Boult is suffering from a broken hand, Ferguson suffered a calf strain on his Test debut against Australia while Henry is suffering from a broken thumb.
Kyle Jamieson, who was called up to the Test squad for Australia series, has received his maiden ODI call-up while pacers Hamish Bennett and Scott Kuggeleijn have been recalled. Jamieson’s inclusion in the ODI squad means he might not be part of Test squad as he isn’t playing the unofficial Test matches against India A.
New Zealand have dropped Colin Munro in the first ODI series after World Cup 2019. The left-handed batsman had a poor run with the bat at WC and only managed 125 runs in six matches. Martin Guptill, who also had a disappointing tournament with the bat (186 runs in 10 matches), kept his place. He will open the innings with Henry Nicholls. Tom Blundell, an uncapped in this format, also kept his place but will have to wait for his chance.
A fit-again Tom Latham was included in the squad and is also fit for selection in the Test team. James Neesham, Mitchell Santner and Colin de Grandhomme are three all-round options in the squad. Ish Sodhi will join New Zealand A team for the second unofficial Test against India A after the first ODI.
The upcoming three-match series starts on February 5 with Seddon Park hosting the opening game. The second and third ODI will be played on February 8 and 11 in Auckland and Mount Maunganui, respectively.
Following the ODIs, India will play a three-day practice match against New Zealand XI from February 14. A two-match Test series from February 21 to March 4 will mark an end to the tour.
New Zealand’s ODI squad: Kane Williamson (Captain), Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham (wk), Jimmy Neesham, Scott Kuggeleijn, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi (only for 1st ODI), Hamish Bennett, Kyle Jamieson