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September 6, 2013
Daniel Vettori, Martin Guptill and Tim Southee were all left out of the 15-man group due to injuries, although Southee could join the tour at a later date if he recovers fully from ankle surgery in time. No other players were omitted from the squad that toured England earlier this year, with the Northern Districts pair of Sodhi and Anderson the two inclusions from outside that party.
Sodhi, 20, has played only 12 first-class matches and collected 22 wickets at 48.40, and while his wicket tally in the recent New Zealand A matches in India was not especially impressive - he took 2 for 169 in the first-class games - the selectors were pleased with his consistency. Anderson, 22, scored 100 against India A earlier this week and averages 37.07 in first-class cricket.
Anderson has made his ODI and Twenty20 international debuts over the past year and could add a Test cap during the Bangladesh tour, which begins with a warm-up match in Chittagong starting on October 4, followed by two Tests in Chittagong and Dhaka. The coach Mike Hesson said both Anderson and Sodhi had drawn the attention of the selectors for some time.
"Both players have been on our radar and we've been pleased with the consistency Ish showed with the ball on the current NZA tour while Corey made an impressive century earlier this week," Hesson said. "Corey gives the squad options as he can bat in the top six and provide useful seam bowling.
"The Bangladesh tour is a good opportunity to introduce a promising spinner, and having two specialist spinners in the squad gives us the option to utilise wickets that are likely to turn."
New Zealand's new general manager of national selection, Bruce Edgar, said the selectors were keen to stick with the players who had played in England.
"Essentially this squad builds on the team that toured England in May," Edgar said. "The key was to take a consistent approach to selection and provide continuity for the players. Bangladesh have proven over the years that they are a difficult opponent in their own backyard. But our preparations in Sri Lanka will certainly help us be ready for the sub-continent conditions."
The schedule for the Bangladesh tour, which had not previously been released, features two ODIs in Dhaka and one in Fatullah, and the T20 on November 6 has been listed for Sylhet, subject to ICC approval. The main pavilion at the Sylhet stadium is still being built, and it and all the other venues were visited by an inspection team from New Zealand Cricket last week.
The players for a pre-tour training camp in Sri Lanka on September 22. The squad for the three ODIs and Twenty20 in Bangladesh that follow the Tests, and for three ODIs and two T20s in Sri Lanka after the trip, will be named next week.
Test squad Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, Brendon McCullum (capt), BJ Watling, Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Mark Gillespie, Ish Sodhi, Bruce Martin.
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