New Delhi: New Zealand selectors picked up Dean Brownlie and Tom Latham on Sunday for the three-match ODIs series against South Africa, scheduled to start from October 21.
The two batsmen have been picked on the tour because Ross Taylor is nursing his calf strain and Kane Williamson, who has impressed many in the recent past across all formats, is also suffering from wrist injury and might warm the bench in the opening match of the series.
So Brownlie and Latham have a golden opportunity to impress the selectors ahead of the ICC World Cup.
Chief NZ coach Mike Hesson too is expecting a good show from the duo, as he stated: "Tom had a very good tour to the West Indies with the Test team and also impressed in the warm-up match in Lincoln while Dean was in strong form on the recent New Zealand A tour to the United Kingdom.".
In July 2012, Brownie played his last international against West Indies, whereas, Latham's represented NZ in November 2013, in an ODI against Sri Lanka.
Though the Black Caps will have the home advantage in the series, they would get a tough fight from the Proteas.
But all eyes would be on former NZ captain Daniel Vettori, who is making a comeback after a very long time. The left-arm spinner last played for his country in June 2013.
The squad for the first ODI: Brendon McCullum (Captain), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Dean Brownlie, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi, Tim Southee, Daniel Vettori.
With Agency inputs