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Munro out of New Zealand ODI squad

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January 15, 2014

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Colin Munro slammed an unbeaten 73 off 39 balls, his first T20I fifty, Bangladesh v New Zealand, only T20I, Mirpur, November 6, 2013
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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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Posted by   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)...

Posted by 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by 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!

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (January 17, 2014, 10:53 GMT)

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

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by 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

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 22:18 GMT)

Also McCullum should harden up and put the pads back on. It would strengthen the team greatly being able to replace Ronchi. Plus I am no longer convinced BMAC is good enough to be included in the NZ teams without keeping. Apart from T20.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 22:14 GMT)

I really don't rate Mills. I hope he isn't chosen for any of the remaining games this summer.

Certainly looking forward to this series. Huge call but I predict it's NZ's to lose.

Posted by Woodsy71 on (January 16, 2014, 21:55 GMT)

This is the squad for the first 3 ODI's only. Expect a not so settled squad and some changes if NZ are losing the seies going into games 4 and 5

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 12:05 GMT)

@aviral ashok Hmm, do I smell overconfidence? Where were world beaters in South Africa? Where are they outside subcontinent? I won't say much but just wait for results, shall we? It is mouth watering contest and I would like to see Flat track sloggers like Dhawan and Sharma play against Mills and Mcclenaghan. Adam Milne will show you what fear is. Not saying NZ will win but it will never be "Incompetence." At least from our part.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 8:36 GMT)

They should bring back Papps

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 8:31 GMT)

@Aviral Ashok.... Yeah outrageous isn't it? But, yes, we do think we are a chance... maybe more than.... and you can forget about that 8th place ranking and worry about Ryder, McCullums, Anderson, Neesham, Taylor, McClenaghan and co. coming at you with nothing to lose.... forcing you to bat properly (no flattering to deceive, non-cricketing dust bowls here to inflate your heroes' century stats) and no doubt fielding with intensity and skill... And it's not like we are playing the best team in the world are we Indians? But since you think you are the best, we can think of ourselves as being about third... that seems fair. And, here in NZ, you better hit the ground running or be found wanting... Who's the pressure really on here? How many of your touring party have been here? How did you go in the shorter formats in South Africa compared to our half NZA team from a year ago? Oh that's right, you are Indian cricket fans. My bad, I was expecting balance. Series ODI prediction 3-2.. to NZ.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 8:18 GMT)

@Dheeraj Jhola... I will hold you to that.

Posted by cricketlover111 on (January 16, 2014, 7:49 GMT)

I think Indian fans need to forget about rankings, NZ home conditions, no injuries for a change, good performances in the last series will result in an even OD series.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 6:43 GMT)

Indian team is coming after SA tour to NZ. This is very big advantage to young Indian brigade. I am expecting one sided victory for Indian Cricket Team.

Posted by The_Ninja on (January 16, 2014, 5:51 GMT)

@aviral ashok - lets see your comments at the end of the series. Every time India tour NZ they get pounded. And every tour the Indian team moan and complain about everything. Personally I hope its cold, windy and horrible for the duration of the tour so that its uncomfortable for the Indians and then they can actually have something to moan about.

Posted by   on (January 16, 2014, 5:22 GMT)

@shanebond why is ir dat 8th ranked team has got so mch to talk abt ???? I mean really no offence bt do u thnk u 8th seeded team stand a chance against d world power?? gd luck

Posted by Sachit1979 on (January 16, 2014, 3:47 GMT)

Looks like a very balanced squad. I am keen to see whether Milne gets nod over Southee in playing 11 and try to trouble Indian batsmen with his pace and bounce. New Zealand batting order looks very agile with Guptill, Ryder, Williamson, BMcCullum, Ross Taylor, Corey J Anderson, Ronchi and NMcCullum in their line up. Most of them are big hitters and construct a mountain of runs in front of India with runs if click.

Posted by cricket_ahan on (January 16, 2014, 3:10 GMT)

Great to see a number of initiatives that support good management of this current Indian team - by selectors, organisers, mentors and of course MS Dhoni. To name but a few: a) Support for youth b) Breeding a 'team first' culture (and weeding out staunch individuals like "Gambhir" c) Giving newly blooded players enough games to prove themselves d) Experimenting with the bowling attack and e) a 2014 fixture with numerous challenging away tours. IMO the last point in particular will help this side the most, as they will learn to play in all forms of conditions. The search continues for a quality bowling attack, and for form by India's spinners in overseas conditions, but it looks like everything that can be done is. Definately think Yadav and Aaron need to be regular inclusions, especially while Zaheer is there to mentor them.

Posted by Raj166 on (January 15, 2014, 23:05 GMT)

i know its very much unfair to call both teams are equally good , but Home conditions , in form players , better bowling attack will be factors indian team should watch out. Though i cant say Dhawan and Rohit will not be scoring but horrible SA tour will play in their mind .

Posted by regofpicton on (January 15, 2014, 22:52 GMT)

Been looking forward to this for months. The ODI series should be quite competitive. If NZ emerges from the tests with a whole skin we would have to consider it a great sucess, as the Indian batting line-up looks really formidable and their pacers should enjoy NZ conditions . . .

Posted by wolf777 on (January 15, 2014, 21:59 GMT)

As an India fan, I don't want to see green bouncy tracks in New Zealand. That would not be fair to us fans….

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 20:54 GMT)

NZ have made a Strong statement by only selecting 13, out of which only 2 will be left out in each game. This means they only want people performing well in the team. I wonder when does team India do that, we always end up selecting 15 people and we don't select a good team for a match.

Posted by AamirKhan-SuperStar on (January 15, 2014, 20:16 GMT)

On paper these two teams don't match. But in these conditions Nz can match Indians. Last time India did well to win, this time its like 50:50 because of our unpredictable bowling.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

india will have a very good chance to win because they have a quality player like rohit,virat,rahane,msd

Posted by bujjerbattu on (January 15, 2014, 18:21 GMT)

It would be a far fetched statement to say Kiwis have as googd team as India. They do lack the consistency that indian team has shown barring the SA series. Having said that, Kiwi Bowling unit gives them a slight advantage though. If indians are concerned about youngsters performing in swinging condition..... they would be vastly mistaken to ignore their bowling weakness.Batting ...i di have faith in. Bowling....current squad cannot boast off nething. Hope bhuvi gets change with new cherry with shami and sharma as first change with alternating games between aaron and pandey

Posted by Raj166 on (January 15, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

NZ always looks promising on paper. Current squad is as equally good as indian team . Hope we see an exciting series .

Posted by binu.emiliya on (January 15, 2014, 17:23 GMT)

Jesse Ryder will be the man for NZ he is good against India always

Posted by anilkp on (January 15, 2014, 16:17 GMT)

What is going on with Vettori? He is playing in the Big Bash, but we read elsewhere that he is not fit to play for New Zealand. If a player is fit enough to play a 3hr game, he is also fit enough to play a 6hr game. Body fitness is not as straight-forward as mathematics. He must have featured in the T20 series against the WI--unless, that is, there is something else that the readers are not supposed to know but are free to speculate.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 15:57 GMT)

Indian team will have to play out of their skin to do well in New zealand. I think player with balance mind can play well, bcoz of fast and furious nature and green tops. ALL THE BEST

Posted by vsroc on (January 15, 2014, 15:35 GMT)

Posted by Venkat Sraman on (January 15,2014) Let us hope for the best from our boys in New Zealand.

Posted by shanazpk on (January 15, 2014, 15:09 GMT)

after a long time a far superior nz side than their predecessors

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 14:42 GMT)

@Bhargava Ram. Yeah, worry about yourself mate not us. And for all predicting Kohli's double ton, I ask you, WHAT IS THE BASIS OF IT? Just because he's immensly talented and scores does it mean he'll notch up 200? We'll wait and see. Would have loved to see Latham in the mix too.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 14:22 GMT)

Also... "In NZ conditions".... um, we produce batting-friendly, good pace and bounce pitches.... arguably, along with Australia, the truest pitches for batting properly in the world. What you really mean is, "not our flat track pitches which are low, slow and suit spinners and pace off the ball". This is why India do not produce fast bowlers and this becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy as youngsters have no pace bowler to look up to.... The pitches will be fine. The only surprise to the touring Indians might be that they are better than what India are used to at home. The trick will be going hard like Ryder will at the top, but not losing wickets... 'cos we bat deep as mentioned.... Can you feel the heat? I Noticed the sales are strong already for the Eden Park game (will be half Indian crowd and got my ticket already) in Auckland... just hope we are 1-1 at worst with the tourists when that game comes around. It is time for this Black Caps side to show what we fans already know.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 14:08 GMT)

So the long-awaited tour arrives... and a strong and improving Black Caps squad awaits... Two squads with a notable point of difference. India's top order is off the hook awesome... but we have big hitting / fast-bowling all-rounders. India have a genuine tail... Our potential lower order of Anderson, Neesham and N. McCullum is superior in my opinion. Still, I feel I need to calm the Indian fans down as a kiwi by assuring you (largely due to the North Island exclusively hosting the ODI games to accommodate - quite rightly - the Indian communities in Auckland and Wellington) that the pitches will be mostly belters... with the possible and probable exception of an Eden Park drop-in two-pacer. Hamilton, Napier, Wellington... the curators there produce 280+ belters. No low, slow roads and no green tops either. True batsmen want pace and carry. Good luck to both teams and may the better one win. Forget about pitch issues (a red herring) and just strap in fellaz!

Posted by Gud_Crkt on (January 15, 2014, 12:04 GMT)

All The Very Best INDIA !!!!

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 11:49 GMT)

Wow.... NZ squad looks very strong as IND squad. As my friend's quote this Jan'13 will be globering time for cricket fans. It will be tough competition for touring team. Each & everyone in the NZ side looks settled one. And i hope that Dawan will make his bench mark here. Few indian players have the exp in playing NZ. And am sure that the pitches are not bowling friendly for indians but they will try their best. I pray that weather should't overcast the condition.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 11:35 GMT)

NZ will be on a high after beating a hapless WI in the Tests and 20-20s they should have won the ODI series but for 1 good game by the WI. It will be good to see how this exciting NZ bowling attack fares against a strong batting line up. I think in NZ conditions it will be quite close and exciting contest.

Posted by DhairyBoghani on (January 15, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

Just wait & watch. Apart from Dhoni all of Indian players are under 30. So if they can continue their good performence, they can play till test championship 2021 or WC 2023. let them to play on different soils againgst good teams. I also hope for win but just want to give them some time to be mature and then expect them to play like Sachin/Dravid/Lakshman/Zaheer/Kumble/Ganguly.

Best of luck for Binny to fill place of Ganguly.

Posted by kiwicricketnut on (January 15, 2014, 10:13 GMT)

pretty good squad, but how many lives does ronchi get, thought he'd be gone, he's sort of hit some form in the t20's but he's keeping a couple of good young players out of the team that are more worthy of a shot, i wish him well and hope he can keep up the form even if i wish he wasn't there

Posted by Jube on (January 15, 2014, 9:49 GMT)

Am sick and tired of this Indo Pak bashing in these chats and believing India is the best. @Wasim Rahid - I am an Indian and asking you to cut the crap and think before commenting... If India could not win a single game in SA and still played exceedingly well - by your definition - what are you implying??? If you play well you are at least expected to win something and India especially given the large "talent" pool of players and the amount of exposure they get. We did not lose everything in SA purely because the pitches were not as lively as they have been. We almost failed in stopping SA from achieving a world record target on a fifth day pitch. I would like India to do well too in NZ but lets just be objective - we have still to prove we have a bowling attack that can take 20 wickets!!!

Posted by LongLiveTestCricket on (January 15, 2014, 9:41 GMT)

Unfortunately Dhoni is doing more harm than good by accepting consistent mediocrity in performances by players such as Raina, Ishant, Ashwin.If you are not even going to give a chance to new players, then how will you even get to know that you have the best players available in team. In the run-up to the ODI world cup, he should have already given chance to classy Pujara, Rishi Dhawan, Pankaj Singh,Ishwar Pandey,Rasool but he does not like to make changes to the team so those deserving candidates are left out. How many of us can expect a middle/lower order with poor techniques such as Raina,Dhoni, Jadeja to bail you out on a difficult wicket?If the top order was to fail in any of the games in current tour/World Cup on a difficult wicket, middle order won't lead to anywhere based on their skills. We can't forget that on the last AUS tour,the team struggled to bat 50 overs in majority of the games.One needs to b atleast flexible enough to include better quality players for such instance.

Posted by fairfan70 on (January 15, 2014, 9:38 GMT)

I'd like to think that NZ starts as a favorite for this series, despite the difference in rankings between the teams. Not only they have an excellent bowling squad for their conditions but their batsmen have been in great form recently. India has a strong batting line up, but I am not sure if the bowling line will be able to adjust quickly enough to be competitive.

Posted by ajmaldomintesswann on (January 15, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

@WASIM RAHID..lolz.thats why india were winless in whole tour ..they did really excellent job....

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 9:18 GMT)

The pitches last tour were made flat because India got annilihated the tour before. The pitches were like this because India would not toured otherwise, don't expect the same favour this time, unless you have already sorted it out.

Posted by JustIPL on (January 15, 2014, 9:08 GMT)

The current indian lot is certainly much better than many youngster by the amount of cricket they play. They have come of age in short time and in limited overs formats enjoy a lot. Indian batting will be upto the challenge just bowling has to step up and then it can be a nightmare for NZ.

Posted by rajcl on (January 15, 2014, 8:58 GMT)

@ ajmaldomintesswann,, best of luck for ur dream ( check bowler dominates off spinner in ur name great cheeeeeer up )

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 8:54 GMT)

@ajmal.. U moron, u seem 2 b another stupid paki, India performed exceedingly well in SA, so dnt waste ur feather brain here, India will win both series.

Posted by ajmaldomintesswann on (January 15, 2014, 8:05 GMT)

India are minnow oversees.I predict 3-2 newzealand in odis and 1-0 new zealand in tests..Rain will cause one to draw.while in one match,flat track bullies will fold like pack of cards.I am sure at end of Odi series,Aussies will regain number 1 position in ODIS

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 7:32 GMT)

Latham in for Ronchi please.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 7:29 GMT)

Everybody is talking about how the indian team performs overseas. and that NZ will be a tough challenge.

Indians will do great here. Just look at the kiwis team.....they can't win test matches against better teams like IND,SA,ENG,AUS irrespective of conditions.

Posted by barryrichardsfan on (January 15, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

cant wait for the action. 300+chases definitely on. predicting a double ton from virat and definitely a ton from ishant as he is only gonna bowl length and get smashed all over the park by anderson and co.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 7:08 GMT)

whoz is diz???? really no hard feelings bt seriously is he someoone We need to care about???

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 7:06 GMT)

India may look good on paper...but Kiwis may pose great threat to Indians on their backyard.. in my opinion it will be an evenly contest ... final result (Ind3 = New2)

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 6:54 GMT)

I remember during one of the tours to nz... I remember.. Then capt. Vettori say that .. His Bowlers were afraid of Sehwag..!! Now People like VK and Rohit and dhawan... in the place.. I really worry for Nz Bowlers..!!

Posted by nzcricket174 on (January 15, 2014, 6:51 GMT)

Rough on Munro, but I can't see who he would replace in this squad.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2014, 6:31 GMT)

good team and this is tough tour for India , pace battery Milne hard to handle in these condition by Indians batsman.

All the best India

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