Andrew Ellis to replace injured Dean Brownlie for T20s

Canterbury Wizards all-rounder Andrew Ellis has been added to the New Zealand Twenty20 squad for the series against Zimbabwe.

Ellis, who made his international debut in the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe, replaces Dean Brownlie, who fractured his finger while fielding in Whangarei.

New Zealand coach John Wright said that Ellis deserves to be included in the T20 squad following good performances in the HRV Cup and showing promise in the first two ODI matches.

“We would like to give Andrew the opportunity to show us his hitting power as he has not had the chance to spend a lot of time at the crease in this series,” said Wright.

It’s unfortunate for Brownlie, who will miss both the ODI and Twenty20 series against South Africa after a hand specialist confirmed he was likely to be out for a month.

New Zealand T20 squad: Brendon McCullum (capt), Michael Bates, Doug Bracewell, Andrew Ellis, 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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