England in New Zealand 2007-08 February 12, 2008

Iain O'Brien called up to New Zealand squad

Cricinfo staff


Iain O'Brien, the Wellington fast bowler, has been called up to the New Zealand squad © Getty Images
 

Fast bowler Iain O'Brien has been drafted into the New Zealand squad as cover for Michael Mason ahead of the third ODI against England at Eden Park in Auckland on Friday.

Mason injured his right shoulder during the emphatic 10-wicket win at Hamilton on Tuesday. He took 2 for 29 as England were restricted to 158 all out.

O'Brien, who plays for Wellington, has six Test caps but is yet to make his debut in the shorter versions of the game. He took seven wickets in the two Tests against Bangladesh last month. In his three List A matches this season, he has taken four wickets at 27.75 with an impressive economy rate of 4.26 an over.

O'Brien will link up with the squad in Auckland after playing in Wellington's State Shield game against Otago on Wednesday.

With three ODIs remaining, New Zealand enjoy a 2-0 lead after comprehensively outplaying England in the first two games.

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