New Zealand call up How for ODI series

Zeecric Bureau

New Delhi: New Zealand have included Central District batsman Jamie How for the 5-match ODI series against India which starts from November 28.

Wicketkeeper Gareth Hopkins, who has had an ordinary Test series so far, has been retained as a back-up wicketkeeper in place of BJ Watling.

This will be New Zealand’s first ODI series after the 0-4 drubbing at the hands of Bangladesh last month.

Two players who missed that series- allrounder Scott Styris who did not play due to injury and middle order bat Martin Guptill who was left out for the tour- have also retuned to the side.

29-year-old How, who played his last match almost two years ago, scored heavily in the domestic T20 league and in New Zealand A team’s tour to Zimbabwe.

"We have kept faith with the bulk of the squad who played in the disappointing tour of Bangladesh and who have performed well in the current Test series against India," coach Mark Greatbatch said.

"The squad sees the return of Jamie How who deserves his opportunity after impressing the selectors for some time. We feel one-day cricket is the format for him to return to international cricket," he added.

Squad: Daniel Vettori (capt), Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Gareth Hopkins, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum (wk), Nathan McCullum, Andy McKay, Kyle Mills, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Daryl Tuffey, Kane Williamson

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