New Zealand news January 30, 2016

McCullum comes back for Australia ODIs

ESPNcricinfo staff

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'Important McCullum plays if fit' - Hesson

Brendon McCullum will lead a 13-man New Zealand squad for the home ODI series against Australia beginning February 3 in Auckland. McCullum has been out with a back injury since the second ODI against Sri Lanka on December 28 but is set to return to the side for the third ODI against Pakistan on Sunday. The series against Australia will be McCullum's last in limited-overs internationals.

If McCullum isn't ready by the start of the three-match ODI series, Tom Latham has been named as cover for the New Zealand captain. Coach Mike Hesson is counting on New Zealand's depth to come through in their bid to retain the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy as they continue without the services of Ross Taylor, Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan due to injury.

Southee is expected to recover from his foot in time for the Tests, and has begun training with the New Zealand team. He may also play a Plunket Shield match against Central Stags, from February 5-8. Taylor's recovery is more difficult to predict, Hesson said.

"Ross is making progress. It's a little bit hard to put a time-frame on it. He's still seeing a specialist and making some good progress. We're hopeful for the first Test, but it's certainly not guaranteed at this stage."

New Zealand have had several players affected by injury over the past three weeks, but have won four out of five completed ODIs in their home summer so far. The tour against Australia represents the climax of their season.

"This is a pinnacle event for us and we'll look to get our best side out on the park each time we play," said Hesson. "We've been lucky enough to use a big squad over the summer and although we're missing a few key players, we have guys who can step in and we know are up to the task. The Chappell Hadlee Trophy is something we want to hold on to. The rivalry between these two sides is huge and it's going to be three intense games in front of some big crowds."

New Zealand ODI squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Martin Guptill, Kane Williamson, Henry Nicholls, Grant Elliott, Corey Anderson, Colin Munro, Luke Ronchi (wk), Mitchell Santner, Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Adam Milne, Matt Henry

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  • Nathan on February 1, 2016, 4:44 GMT

    The Black Caps are tough to beat there and should be a great series. Australia's revered bowling attack is no match for Southee, Bolt and Milne and it might be a tough tour for the Aussies I think. Glad there is only one match at the postage stamp (Eden Park) which is a slight on the game in NZs biggest city. The BCs will be out to give McCullum the perfect sendoff and I for one, hope he does well. We do need to start nailing Williamson or he could be great against us for a decade.

  • Graham on February 1, 2016, 2:11 GMT

    Chitti_Cricket : Just a couple of points Im an AUssie fan but our once revered fielding is no longer the bench mark. India have outfielded us in the recent series and NZ are certainly not in awe of our fielding and Richardson is a bowler. The last Ashes win was a combination of 1) A too cocky Australia who didnt give Broad the credit he deserved and 2) In my opinion the 8 months of non-stop cricket after Phil Hughes death took a massive emotional toll on a team that had been mostly abroad for the previous 4 months. This left Australia performing below their best but as England have proven since they are no mugs and every chance of taking AUstralia at their best.

  • roger on January 31, 2016, 18:06 GMT

    NZ should produce green tops. The only way they can win/draw in this series is Swing/seam options where AUS batsmen may fail miserably. All the best to NZ /Brendan. He should go on winning note in his farewell series.

  • Garry on January 31, 2016, 8:34 GMT

    MINDMELD since when have we not applauded good cricket? No home crowd applauds a losing game but we do applaud individual brilliance no matter the nationality of the player. I also think a lot of the Aussie players like the hostily as long as it is kept to banter.

  • Steve on January 31, 2016, 3:23 GMT

    NZ has been going well without McCullum and looks like surplus to their requirements.

  • ESPN on January 30, 2016, 23:15 GMT

    1st ODI: Australia 127 (22.4 overs) Smith 59 Bout 6/24 New Zealand Martin Guptill 49 128/9 Hazlewood 7/20 2nd ODI NEW ZEALAND 6/304 MCCullum 125 Hastings 2/70 Australia 4/305 Khawaja 134 Southee 4/88 3rd ODI Australia 7/337 Smith 158 Southee 3/71 New Zealand 337 all out Williamson 167 not out Faulkner 4/72

    1st Test Match Australia 80 all out New Zealand 625/5 Australia 655/3 New Zealand 91/9 (last ball done TIED TEST MATCH

  • Gopalakrishna on January 30, 2016, 16:00 GMT

    Let us stop hating OZs and think practically. At this time they surely have better bowling, fielding and batting compared to any team in world. Thus are most balanced side of all. Their bench strength also looks good, traditionally except 1975-2000 WI's sides Australia has been the super power of cricket and have the best infrastructure and domestic formats to produce world class cricketers Steve.Sm ith, David Warner and Watson/Flinch/Richardson give solidity to batting. Stark, Cummins,Lyon and Co give strong bowling options. They do have bits and pieces all rounders (not like Ben Stokes, Rabada) but surely bits and pieces. All are athletic fielders. What else you need to be world beaters in world cricket. They have good bench strength tapping on the doors. Last ashes win by England was due to OZ transitioning during that time but not due to lack of quality.

  • James on January 30, 2016, 15:19 GMT

    This will be some intense cricket, and players will be pumped. I hope the Kiwi crowds can show the same kind of respect to the visiting team as the Kiwi team got from Australian crowds in Australia. All the booing, jeering and crowd abuse when Australia plays in NZ is not a good look for the game. And a little light applause for Australian good play would be nice, instead of the the standard silence for boundaries, catches and so on. After all, whatever led to believe that Kiwis hold the moral high ground for sportsmanship in cricket, McCullum's media digs aside. But of course such media sledging is fine, as long as it is not on the field.

  • Newton Sarkar on January 30, 2016, 15:05 GMT

    Hope, BAZZ will present a memorable series in his farewell tournament :)..All the best Mr.Captain, eagerly waiting to see ur blast for the last time in black caps Jersey.. love and respect from INDIA..

  • Nitish on January 30, 2016, 14:08 GMT

    I still think they are one specialist batsman short.Surely gonna miss Taylor.Why isn't George Worker playing? He is a brilliant prospect.

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