New Zealand has recalled all-rounder Jimmy Neesham and leg-spinner Todd Astle for the last two One Day Internationals against India.
Both the teams had played three matches so far where India have already won the five-match series by 3-0. Having lost the series, New Zealand decided to recall two players to get back in the winning zone. All-rounder James Neesham replaced Doug Bracewell in the squad while leg-spinner Ish Sodhi lost his place to Todd Astle.
Astle has played only 11 international matches so far. He was ruled out from the team for a long time because of a knee injury. Though he didn’t play for the country since November, he has played for Canterbury in the Super Smash this month. The upcoming two matches will play a crucial role for him to prepare better for the upcoming ICC World Cup.
While Astle was not a part of the national side due to his knee-injury, Neesham had made his comeback to the limited-over matches after nearly two years during the Sri Lanka series in their backyard where he played a key role for the country. Before getting injured in the hamstring, he smashed ten sixes in the three matches. Later he played for Wellington in the Super Smash for Wellington.
New Zealand’s batting has failed miserably in the series in the three matches. Apart from few players, most of them failed to perform along with the openers Martin Guptill and Colin Munro. But the team decided to retain them. Bracewell couldn’t do well with the ball and only took one wicket from the three matches which he had played. Though he failed to impress with the ball, He smashed a half-century in the second game for a losing cause. Along with him, Ish Sodhi too has failed to perform with the ball and went wicketless.
“Doug and Ish have been two of the brighter spots of the ODI series so far and we’ve been encouraged by their performances against a quality Indian side,” Gavin Larsen, the selector of New Zealand said.
“It’s great to welcome back the all-round skills of Jimmy and Todd and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can bring to the series. We’re still looking to keep our options open with selections at this stage and ensure we continue to learn as much as we can about our players,” Larsen further added.
Remaining two matches between India and New Zealand is scheduled to play on Hamilton and Wellington on January 31 and February 3 respectively.
New Zealand squad:
Kane Williamson (C), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin De Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.