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Munro returns to New Zealand ODI squad

Taylor ruled out of Pakistan series; McCullum targets comeback in third game

Munro returns to New Zealand ODI squad - Cricket News
Colin Munro has been named in a 15-man New Zealand squad to take on Pakistan in a three-match One-Day International series beginning at the Basin Reserve in Wellington on Monday (January 25) after Ross Taylor was ruled out with an oblique side strain.

Taylor, who sustained the injury while batting in the final Twenty20 International against Pakistan on Friday, will also miss the Chappell-Hadlee ODI series against Australia that will follow the matches against Pakistan. With the World T20 less than two months away, the former captain will leave the squad to begin rehabilitation work, and will continue to be monitored by the medical staff.

Munro, the left-hand batsman, has been in rich domestic and international form of late, and made the fastest T20I half-century by a New Zealand batsman, off just 14 deliveries, against Sri Lanka on January 10. He played the last of his 12 ODIs against South Africa in Durban last August.

There are also returns to the ODI side from injury of Corey Anderson, the all-rounder who starred in Friday’s series-deciding victory against Pakistan, and Grant Elliott.

“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,” said Mike Hesson, the New Zealand coach.

“With Grant and Corey coming back into the squad, our middle order has a lot of experience and looks similar to the one we took into last year’s World Cup.” New Zealand made to the final of the 50-over showpiece event before bowing to Australia at the MCG.

Luke Ronchi, the wicketkeeper, will play the opening ODI before being replaced by BJ Watling for the following two matches. Brendon McCullum, who will retire from international cricket at the end of the Test series against Australia in mid-February, is targeting a return to the side for the third ODI, while Tim Southee, the paceman, won’t feature as he continues his recovery from a foot injury.

“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,” said Hesson. “It also gives Luke a week off ahead of a busy upcoming schedule.

“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. Obviously Grant and Corey are also options for us with the ball, so we feel like we’ve got out bases covered.”

New Zealand ODI squad: Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham (first two ODIs), Brendon McCullum (third ODI), Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Luke Ronchi (first ODI), Mitchell Santner, BJ Watling (second and third ODI), Kane Williamson.

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