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January 28, 2012
Brendon McCullum will lead New Zealand in the ODI and T20 series against Zimbabwe, in place of Ross Taylor who has been ruled out due to a calf injury he sustained during his century in the only Test in Napier.
The hosts have picked four uncapped players - left-arm seamer Michael Bates, legspinner Tarun Nethula, allrounder Andrew Ellis and wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham in the ODI squad. Also in the squad is Dean Brownlie, who played in the Tests in Australia, but BJ Watling, who scored his maiden Test ton in the ongoing Test in Napier, has been left out.
Latham, who plays for Canterbury, is the top run-getter in the Ford Trophy, New Zealand's domestic List A competition, averaging 62 in five matches. Bates, who was part of the Auckland Aces team that won the HRV Cup, the domestic T20 competition, was the second-highest wicket-taker in the tournament. Nethula has a good List A record thus far, with 17 wickets in 11 games and Ellis is experienced, having played for Canterbury for 10 years.
New Zealand have picked Auckland allrounder Colin de Grandhomme and left-arm spinner Ronnie Hira for the T20 leg of the tour on the back of performances in the HRV Cup. The players missing from the ODI and T20 line-ups are left-arm spinner Luke Woodcock and seamers Andy McKay and Graeme Aldridge, who had toured Zimbabwe last year.
There's no Jesse Ryder either, as he continues his recovery from a calf tear.
"The new caps have earned their chance through solid performances at domestic level and we think it's the right time to take a look at players who will be in the frame for the Twenty20 World Cup later in the year, and looking further ahead to the 2015 ODI World Cup," New Zealand's National Selection Manager Kim Littlejohn said.
"Tarun Nethula and Ronnie Hira have been the form spinners this season and richly deserve their selection through consistently good performances.
"Michael Bates has been one of the best pace bowlers for Auckland over a number of seasons and is a skilful death bowler who also offers us a left-arm option. Colin de Grandhomme and Andrew Ellis also played extremely well in the HRV Cup and their all-round skills with bat and ball are well suited to ODI and T20 cricket.
"Tom Latham is an exciting keeper batsman who is very well equipped for short-form cricket and we think he has the potential to make a big impact on the international scene."
New Zealand ODI squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Michael Bates, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Andrew Ellis, Martin Guptill, Jacob Oram, Tom Latham, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Tarun Nethula, Rob Nicol, Tim Southee, Kane Williamson.
New Zealand T20 squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Michael Bates, Doug Bracewell, Dean Brownlie, Colin de Grandhomme, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Ronnie Hira, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Rob Nicol, Jacob Oram, Tim Southee, Kane Williamson.
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