New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013 September 16, 2013

Uncapped Devcich in New Zealand squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

The opening batsman Anton Devcich has been named in New Zealand's limited-overs squad to tour Bangladesh next month. Devcich, 27, is the only uncapped player in the 15-man group for the three one-day internationals and one-off Twenty20 and is expected to open with Hamish Rutherford after Martin Guptill was ruled out due to a broken finger.

Fast bowler Adam Milne and allrounder Jimmy Neesham earned recalls but there was no room for wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi, nor allrounder James Franklin, both of whom have been dropped from the Champions Trophy squad. Daniel Vettori was not considered for the tour due to an Achilles tendon injury, while Tim Southee was named in the limited-overs party after being left out of the Test squad following ankle surgery.

Devcich, a Northern Districts batsman, scored his maiden first-class century during the New Zealand A tour of India earlier this month and followed that with 48, 1 and 66 in the one-day games against India A. Bruce Edgar, the general manager of national selection, said Devcich had been an impressive one-day performer for some time.

"Anton showed very good signs against England last season for New Zealand A and has transitioned from a middle order batsman to an aggressive top order player," Edgar said. "He is also an outstanding fielder with the ability to contribute as a left arm spin bowling option which will be useful in the sub-continent.

"Adam [Milne] returns to the team after a number of injury concerns and he offers the squad genuine pace. We've been impressed with his rhythm and pace on the New Zealand A tour of India."

The New Zealand coach, Mike Hesson, said injuries to men like Guptill and Vettori would allow opportunities for others like Neesham, 22, who played three ODIs and three T20s in South Africa last summer. Neesham offers another bowling option but has also displayed his power with the bat, scoring 104 not out from 40 balls for Otago during a Champions League warm-up overnight. "James is another left-handed batsman who is a powerful striker of the ball at any stage of the innings and like Anton and Adam, he's in good form in India," Hesson said.

Squad Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Anton Devcich, Grant Elliott, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Hamish Rutherford, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson.

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  • Jonny on September 18, 2013, 8:14 GMT

    New Zealand will be tough but I still think Bangladesh will be too much for them in the main forms mainly due to the pitches and conditions. Neither of the teams have genuine pace that can worry the batsman so looks like whoever has the better spinners and bats well will prevail.

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    @thenoostar I've heard that kind of talk before about players, most notably about Shane Watson and Brad Hogg. Its one thing to talk a player up, but unless he shows that ability at domestic level (Sodhi averages 45 with the ball) then that player should not be selected for an international match.

  • Varun on September 16, 2013, 18:11 GMT

    So Happy Milne's getting a go. I see a bit of Bond in him and I think hes got the potential to become Bond like with a bit of nurturing and experience. Bit disappointed to see Ronchi missing you. THis series wouldve been perfect for him to redeem himself after his horrific debut.

  • Android on September 16, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    @TheRisingTeam I don't know what you are talking about. Only the pitch in Dunedin was a flat track. And in case you forgot 1 days from both 1st and 2nd tests were washed out due to rain or there could have been a winner.

  • shahadat on September 16, 2013, 9:18 GMT

    very good and strong NZ team. hopefully they will not try to find excuse that this player is missing and that were missing. bangladesh should play mashrafe and najmul in ODI as a bowler and in test rubel and robiul

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    finally bangladesh got some game. tired of seeing india vs srilanka all year around and so boring.

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2013, 9:13 GMT

    @EnglishCricket don't forget last time it was 4-0.........u must be kidding

  • jared on September 16, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    @ snowbadger15 neesham is a great odi prospect his list A stats are probably better than anyone else's in the team, he's a very hard hitting allrounder and i don't use the term allrounder lightly, elliot and munro don't have a patch on neesham, he should bat at 7 and look to close out the innings for us, his bowling is perfect for odi cricket, not so much tests, he bowls alot of change ups, perfect on dry, low, slow wickets of bangladesh, reminds me alot of brendon diamanti only i think neesham will be better than him and he was very good, he definatly deserves his spot. my odi XI for bangladesh. 1.rutherford 2.latham 3.williamson 4.taylor 5.anderson 6.mccullum 7.neesham 8.n.mccullum 9.mills 10.milne 11.mcclenaghan, wouldn't risk southee against banga's after surgery.

  • Shipu on September 16, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    If Bangladesh strangely prepares flat wickets for the test matches then they just handed the series win to New Zealand. New Zealand will obviously not struggle against our bowlers on these pitches. They drew England 0-0 on flat pitches earlier in the year so prepare spinning/sporting ones otherwise the test matches will be boring. Hopefully Bangladesh can win at least either the test or one-day series. T20 doesn't really matter as that game will give us a much clearer idea how Bangladesh could fair in the T20 world cup and what they need to do in that form to reach at least the super stage.

  • Nick on September 16, 2013, 8:52 GMT

    A few prominent players around the scene say Sodhi has something special. It would be good to see him given a go. Selectors cant rely on numbers too much. I think NZ will have a tough time on turners against a team full of good international spinners.

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