Uncapped Devcich in New Zealand squad
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.