India in New Zealand 2013-14 January 15, 2014

Munro out of New Zealand ODI squad

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New Zealand have made just one change to their ODI squad for the series against India, with batsman Colin Munro missing out. Fast bowler Tim Southee, who had missed the first half of the ODI series against West Indies with a toe injury but recovered for the latter part, comes into the 13 in Munro's place.

Bruce Edgar, New Zealand's general manager national selection, said the squad had been retained as a reward for its strong showing against West Indies in the preceding series. "It was pleasing to see every player stand up at some stage of that series," Edgar said. "There were some simply outstanding efforts headlined by Corey Anderson's world-record one-day ton."

New Zealand had squared the West Indies ODIs 2-2. In the third ODI, Anderson had hit a hundred in 36 balls, breaking Shahid Afridi's long-standing record for the fastest ODI century. In the same match, Jesse Ryder scored the sixth-fastest ton.

Munro did not play any of the ODIs in that series, and has been more of a Twenty20 specialist for New Zealand. He is involved in the ongoing Twenty20 series against West Indies.

Coach Mike Hesson said India pose a particularly difficult challenge in one-day cricket, so this series provides his team with the perfect opportunity to proves itself. "We know we'll have to play out of our skins, and outmatch them player for player to be competitive against such a powerful side," Hesson said. "But we showed against the West Indies that we can play extremely well on our day and are capable of beating any side.

"Matching yourself against the best in the world is what you play international cricket for and I know the guys are buzzing about this opportunity. It's also an important part of our build-up for next year's World Cup where India are the defending champions."

New Zealand are scheduled to host India for five ODIs, starting on January 19 in Napier. The series will be followed by two Tests.

Squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Adam Milne, James Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson

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  • dummy4fb on January 21, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Oops.... refer below for how to predict a game and how to understand the reality of a match-up. You have been schooled. I truly hope we (NZ) can stay at this intensity and perform better in Hamilton than we have recently.... and, yes, whilst the article above suggests (almost states) that Mills will play.... I would prefer Neesham (need that extra power hitter as point of difference) but if the game is shortened by rain and affected from the get-go by weather, then there is a strong chance (and it would be objectively logical) Neesham would be preferred. Regardless, go the Black Caps. There is still room for improvement too. Just don't go backwards at all boys... India are good too (lolz)...

  • sidekick45 on January 21, 2014, 1:20 GMT

    ok now that milne is out please include Colin Munro who should always been in the odi side he is a very good player

  • class9ryan on January 18, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    The series will be a tough fought one but I bet on India because of their success when they came here last time around and lack of pace in New Zealand seam-attack. I don't expect lot of swing in ODIs which might not be the case in Tests. I want Rahne and Rayudu both in the team in place of Raina and Yuvraj ( who isn't in the squad) and India should atleast TRY Sturt Binny and look how he goes. MSD is a clever captain ( atleast in ODIs and T20s) and I believe he has some plans for Binny, Rahane and Rayudu.

  • alexjward on January 17, 2014, 11:48 GMT

    @dowdenpatr.. include papps? Ludicrous, how many times has he failed plus he is over the hill. Ryder @4? Didn't he just hit the 6th fastest ODI century of all time pretty sure hes going alright as opener. Drop Ronchi? He just won consecutive man of the match of awards. Another spinner? We dont have one and why play to india's strength and away from our own. Surely your post is meant in jest!

  • kiwicricketnut on January 17, 2014, 10:53 GMT

    sorry dave duffin thought you wrote milne not mills my bad, sorry.

  • kiwicricketnut on January 17, 2014, 10:45 GMT

    @ dave duffin you are clearly a hard man, mccullum suffers from a cronic back injury and is arthritic im amazed he's keept as long as he has, yep it effects the balance of the side but mccullum is too good to be left out of the odi squad and has given nearly half his life to nz cricket, rarely been injured, despite probably playing through alot of pain taking on some of the fastest bowlers in the world, sometimes ramping them over his face and you tell him to harden up, what a joke of a comment, as for not rating milne, he is one of the most exciting bowling prospects in the country and has caught the eye of the cricketing world with the speed he generates, he has good first class stats to back up his inclusion, if you can't get excited by a bowler like milne, you are clearly a hard man.

  • android_user on January 17, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    @dowdenpotr Uhm, Corey saved our arse in Bangladesh and he's a useful medium fast bowler who chips in with wickets. Couldn't term him as one hit wonder. He's not a slogger. Short arm pulls of his are remarkable. Vettori's pulled his back, I reckon. Hope, he's there for t20 world cup.

  • dowdenpatr on January 17, 2014, 8:44 GMT

    Wheres Vettori? For dry pitches a good team. I would drop Southee and Neesham for Boult and Papps and maybe even add in Ellliot. Ryder should be seen as an allrounder who bats at four. Anderson is average, one flukish innings in basically a twenty20 game where West Indies where asleep and he's amazing. Ronchi is also lucky pretty sure he would of been dropped for Latham if not for the other night. I think we need a second spinner to counter India use of probably two or three. India will win the series as their batters are more consistent. NZ will win the test series as the pitches will be as green as brussel sprouts.

  • dummy4fb on January 17, 2014, 4:44 GMT

    Looking forward to this series, and really hoping there is a LOT of Swing. That should be fun to watch, esp how the Indians deal with it. NZ side looks a strong team and much better then the one last time India toured. But BCs tend to be a bit inconsistant so hope they focus and not get too over confident. India is India, undoubtedly a challenge, but NZ wickets are not dustbowls, and after SA Indians got something to prove so it won't be one sided either way. I expect a good showing by both sides and hoping for a NZ win.

  • johnhamilton on January 17, 2014, 3:33 GMT

    Happy with the team, although I still think Boult should be included by world cup time. Two new balls and he is our best new ball bowler, getting wickets up front will be key to winning it. @daveduffin Maccullum has already said he won't be putting the gloves back on, I don't really see the point in going on about it. You can't 'harden up' with a chronic back injury. Also, he is our best captain at this level, and a very good odi batsman, the best man for the job