New Zealand in India 2010-11 November 16, 2010

How returns to New Zealand one-day squad

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand have recalled Central Districts batsman Jamie How for the five one-day internationals in India starting November 28. Gareth Hopkins, the Test wicketkeeper, retains his place in the 15-man ODI list as a back-up to Brendon McCullum, taking the place of Northern Districts' BJ Watling. This will be New Zealand's first one-day series since the 4-0 drubbing at the hands of Bangladesh last month.

Two players who missed that Bangladesh tour, allrounder Scott Styris who was injured and top-order batsman Martin Guptill who was left out for that series, also return to the side. Fast bowler Hamish Bennett, who picked up an injury in the first Test against India earlier this month, and Canterbury batsman Shanan Stewart, who flopped in Bangladesh averaging 6.50, miss out.

How, 29, played the last of his 31 ODIs nearly two years ago, but scored plenty of runs for Central Districts in the Champions League T20 in September and for New Zealand A on the tour of Zimbabwe last month.

"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 and selector, 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."

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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  • Sunil on November 23, 2010, 7:49 GMT

    Would be interesting to see the "bench strength" of India in this series.The fast bowling department with the lies of Yadav and Vinay Kumar should nudge the likes of Ishant and the inconsistent Sreesanth for places in the World Cup squad.Befuddling is the omission of Nehra form the squad.Are the wise men of Indian cricket i.e the selectors considering his return to a test team?Hmm,South Africa,Zaheer,and Nehra break down during a match,Bhajji's current on/off bowling form,begs the question..are the standby's ready for sterner tests?One feels sorry for the likes of Rohit Sharma,Rayadu,Manoj Tiwari,and Rahane.Pehaps a bucketful of runs this domestic season will help.Also hard to fathom Saha's selection over Karthik,has he too run afoul of Kirsten?

  • Dummy4 on November 22, 2010, 11:41 GMT

    @ Raghu, yes Oram is injured. This is a strong squad, kudos to the selectors. Only James Franklin and maybe Ian Butler unlucky. Optimal XI: B McCullum, Ryder, Guptill, Taylor, Williamson, Styris, N McCullum, Vettori, Mills, Tuffey, McKay How to slot in for any of the top 6 given injuries / lack of form, hope he gets some game time. Southee could slot in for Tuffey. Disagree with comments about Nathan McCullum, he is a canny bowler, great fielder, strong hitter, and has shown a cool head under pressure. Great opportunity for NZ to win a series in India with this squad, especially in the absence of Sehwag, Tendulkar, Zaheer, and Dhoni!

  • Dummy4 on November 20, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    Again the blind selectors have left out James Franklin. This is going to have fatal consequences.

  • Aaron on November 18, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    Tuffey needs to start bending his back a bit, he bowls so slow these days it embarassing

  • Dummy4 on November 18, 2010, 11:27 GMT

    How James Franklin misses out is beyond me and beyond belief, considering he is already over there as a replacement for the test squad and should be in the test team instead of Arnel and is New Zealand's only left arm fast bowler which changes it up from the 3 right arm medium-fasts in the test team already. UNLUCKIEST bloke in NZ cricket is Franklin, very stiff to miss

  • Tim on November 18, 2010, 5:28 GMT

    id say How is only been called in as batting cover incase one of the top order guys go down to injury, the team (if all players are fit) id say will be

    McCullum (wk), Ryder, Guptill, Taylor, Styris, Williamson, Elliot, Vettori, Mills, Tuffy, Mckay

    playing two spinners against a team that are so comfortable against spin wouldnt make sense to me at all, Kane could do a part time job if needed

  • Zane on November 17, 2010, 23:48 GMT

    Starting line up should be: How,Ryder,Guptill,Taylor,Styris,Williamson,Mcullum,Vettori,Mills,Southee,Mckay

    Bring On Wagner when he is eligible to play!!

  • Kieran on November 17, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    I think the team should be: McCullum, Ryder, Guptill, Taylor, Williamson, Styris, Elliott, Vettori, Mills, Tuffey, Southee. Four front line bowlers plus styris, elliot, ryder and williamson for part time. With southee at 11 it is a very strong batting line up. mccullum to keep. tuffey over mckay because he bowls a great line and hits the seam a lot. nathan mccullum hasn't really proven himself in ODI's and the indians should have no trouble against him. would like to see How in there, but who would you drop? it's a good problem to have none the less.

  • Dummy4 on November 17, 2010, 9:31 GMT

    At last great to see How back in the team i hope he is in the Test team as well,again very disapointing,frustrating to see no James Franklin,I hope Oram will be back in the team after Injury for the Pakistan's Tour in January,Elliot should not be in the team,he is just not good enough and there are many better than him the likes of Franklin should be there,For me the ideal team should be 1.How,2.Mcullum,3.Williamson,4.Taylor,5.Styris,6.Franklin,7.Oram,8.Mills,9.Vettori,10.Southee,11.anyone just to fill in the spot,can be a bowler,batsman,hitter,or all rounder.

  • Sravanth on November 17, 2010, 8:39 GMT

    Good looking squad. Hopfully, NZ returns to the top position it was in. Fingers crossed.

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