New Zealand news April 24, 2017

McClenaghan, Milne and Anderson return for Champions Trophy

ESPNcricinfo staff
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New Zealand's 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

Fast bowlers Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Milne, and allrounder Corey Anderson have been recalled to New Zealand's ODI squad for the 2017 Champions Trophy, after proving their fitness in the ongoing Indian Premier League.

Milne has played two matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2017 so far, bowling his full quota of overs with returns of three wickets at an economy rate of 8.75. McClenaghan, who impressed with Mumbai Indians last season, has turned in another good performance, bowling 28 overs and taking 12 wickets at an economy rate of 8.67. Anderson, playing for Delhi Daredevils, has continued to take on bowling responsibilities - he has bowled a total of four overs across two innings so far, continuing his short bowling stints with Northern Districts in Plunket Shield matches this season.

New Zealand's squad comprises five specialist batsmen, four pace bowlers, three seam-bowling allrounders, two spinners and one specialist wicketkeeper in Luke Ronchi, with Tom Latham as a back-up option behind the stumps.

New Zealand coach Mike Hesson said the three players returning from injury had done everything possible in a bid to be fit for selection.

"It's been good to see all three back on the park and bowling; together they add a lot of experience to our squad," Hesson said. "Mitch and Adam have been running in well, and Corey has shown he'll be capable of providing an option with the ball.

"We believe it's an exciting squad; an experienced squad, and one that has the batting power and the bowling variations to prevail in a potentially high-scoring tournament.

"Having four all-rounders (including Mitchell Santner) certainly helps with balance, and the return of Mitch and Adam will offer options with the new ball, through the middle of the innings, and in the death overs."

Mitchell McClenaghan has proved his fitness with steady performances for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2017 © BCCI

Beset by injuries, both McClenaghan and Milne have not played international cricket since the World T20 in India last year. Hamstring, side and elbow injuries meant that Milne played only one more match in 2016 - an IPL game for Royal Challengers - after the World T20, before making a return to competitive cricket in the Plunket Shield first-class tournament in March.

McClenaghan's last ODI appearance came against Pakistan in January 2016, before an eye injury ruled him out of the subsequent one-day series against Australia. McClenaghan returned to play in the World T20, and impressed in IPL 2016 with 17 wickets in 14 matches. A pelvis injury, picked up during a county stint, ruled him out of the India tour in October last year, and an ankle niggle kept him out of New Zealand's international assignments this year.

McClenaghan later reacted to the news on Twitter with a Terminator-like response writing "nice to be back".

In Anderson's case, the New Zealand selectors and Hesson were happy with his return to bowling duties. The recurrence of a back injury during the World T20 had kept Anderson out of tours of Zimbabwe and South Africa last year and he was picked for the ODIs against India as a specialist batsman. He played four of the five matches in India and also bowled four overs in the fifth ODI in Visakhapatnam. However, with the selectors considering him a specialist batsman in view of his long-term injury issues, Anderson missed New Zealand's subsequent ODI series against Australia, Bangladesh and South Africa. He was considered for T20 internationals, playing the home series against Bangladesh and South Africa.

The three players have replaced Dean Brownlie, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry from the squad for the home series against South Africa earlier this year. The only other change was the inclusion of offspinner Jeetan Patel in place of legspinner Ish Sodhi.

New Zealand are in Group A of the Champions Trophy and will play their first match, against Australia, on June 2, with matches against England and Bangladesh on June 6 and 9 respectively. Prior to the tournament, they are scheduled to play two warm-up matches - against India on May 28 and Sri Lanka on May 30.

New Zealand will play an ODI tri-series in Ireland ahead of the ICC Champions Trophy and Hesson confirmed a small group of players from that squad were likely to remain in England as cover during the tournament.

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  • cricfan1584483749 on April 26, 2017, 15:10 GMT

    De Grandhomme has been more effective than Southee in the tests... Give him the new ball for CT and I reckon he'll get better results in that too. Henry only got one T20 and two tests this past home season, of course he hasn't been in top form. If they actually gave him some games, he'd be outperforming Southee. That's been statistically proven.

  • 6foot6 on April 26, 2017, 6:12 GMT

    Ooops sorry that lst post came out in a different format than I expected. Here we go again. My picks for the 1st XI would be : Tom Latham (wicketkeeper) ; Martin Guptill ; Kane Williamson ; Ross Taylor ; Colin Munro ; James Neesham ; Corey Anderson ; Mitchell Santner ; Matt Henry ; Mitchell McClenaghan ;Trent Boult. 12th Man: Jeetan Patel. 13th Man * Brendon McCullum. *if he's not too busy. My picks for the 2nd XI would be : Luke Ronchi (wicketkeeper) ; George Worker ; Neil 'Sweep the" Broom ; Henry Nicholls ; Tom Bruce ; Colin de 'Small Piece' Grandhomme ; Doug 'Injured Again' Bracewell ; Ish Sodhi ; Adam 'Injured Again' Milne ; Tim Southee ; Neil Wagner. 12th Man : Todd Astle. 13th Man : Lockie Ferguson.

  • leethal_nz on April 26, 2017, 3:36 GMT

    @CRICFAN89207213

    Are you seriously lumping Ross Taylor with Broom and Ronchi as players who get carried and haven't performed in the past decade? He has over 6000 runs, with 17 centuries and is NZs 3rd highest ODI run scorer... I think you mean he's carried the NZ ODI team for the past decade.

  • 6foot6 on April 25, 2017, 22:56 GMT

    I would have liked Tom Bruce to be selected as the back up keeper to either Tom Latham or Luke Ronchi. I would have had Tom Latham or Luke Ronchi on stand by. Both Latham and Ronchi are struggling for runs in this format so carrying them both wasn't really necessary. Colin Munro should be there at the expense of either Neil Broom, Corey Anderson or Colin de Grandhomme. Middle order batting is looking a little shaky. Last series Jimmy Neesham was outstanding. Hard to leave him out. Matt Henry should be there at the expense of either Adam Milne, Mitchell McClenaghan or Tim Southee. Tim Boult is genuinely world class so no issues there. Neil Wagner is very unlucky in my opinion. Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor are obviously world class too. In spin bowling Mitchell Santner and Jeetan Patel have edged out Ish Sodhi. He's very unlucky too. Should be on stand by. All the best. Think we could have been a bit smarter with selections.

  •   CricfanLH on April 25, 2017, 20:22 GMT

    We need Sodhi & Worker & Henry & blood another wk. HESSON WHAT ARE YOU DOING

    Have to make Latham wk or else we will all be playing in the wrong key! Time will tell.

  • DenverKiwi on April 25, 2017, 18:44 GMT

    Would never happen but: 1.Latham (wk), 2.Guptill, 3.Kane, 4.Ross, 5.Broom, 6.Corey, 7.Neesham, 8.Santner, 9.McClenaghan, 9.Southee, 10.Milne, 11.Boult

    That's a crap load of bowling options (8 if you include Kane) and decent batting up to 8, even it's slightly brittle.

  • BCFan42 on April 25, 2017, 9:50 GMT

    Bighead69, I see that Milne has a pretty good economy rate in ODIs (and T20s)- better than Henry. Suggests that he's more accurate than you thought..

  • bighead69ing on April 25, 2017, 7:15 GMT

    people saying Henry's in a form slump. and? southees been average since his 7fa he has only taken 2 5 wicket hauls after 100 odis. don't see why milne is in the squad at all he isn't a wicket taker and only has a slightly better economy rate than henry. he gets picked because he can bowl 150km but whats so good about that when he's consistently inaccurate

  • Cricketlover#17 on April 25, 2017, 6:41 GMT

    1.Latham, 2.Guptill, 3.Kane, 4.Ross, 5.Corey, 6.Ronchi, 7.Neesham/Broom, 8.Santner, 9.McClenaghan, 9.Boult, 10.Milne, 11.Southee

  •   rahul.nair on April 25, 2017, 6:12 GMT

    It certainly looks like a great squad.Really good bowling line up,If henry was their then it would have been a world class bowling line up.Btting looks ok which will be a concern. my prediction of semifinalist. group a- saf and ind group b- nz and eng

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