New Zealand ODI and T20 squad for Zimbabwe

New Zealand Cricket has announced a 14-player One Day International and Twenty20 squad for series against Zimbabwe.

Brendon McCullum will lead New Zealand against Zimbabwe, in place of Ross Taylor who has been ruled out due to a calf injury he sustained during the only Test in Napier.

Left-arm seamer Michael Bates, legspinner Tarun Nethula, allrounder Andrew Ellis and wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham are the four uncapped players in the ODI squad.

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.

Allrounder Colin de Grandhomme and left-arm spinner Ronnie Hira have been included in the T20 squad.

Left-arm spinner Luke Woodcock and fast bowler Andy McKay and Graeme Aldridge, who had toured Zimbabwe last year, have been left out of the T20 squad.

“We believe we have selected two strong squads with a balance of experienced players and cricketers we consider ready for the challenge of international cricket,” New Zealand’s National Selection Manager Kim Littlejohn said.

“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.

“The larger squad of 14 will allows us to provide opportunities for the new players and manage the workload of the others, especially bowlers, who feature in all three forms for the BLACKAPS.

“With Ross Taylor unavailable through injury, Brendon McCullum will step in as captain for the rest of the series and we know he will provide excellent leadership while Ross recovers.

“Although it is disappointing for the likes of Luke Woodcock, Graeme Aldridge, Andy McKay and BJ Watling who miss out we pleased that there’s real competition for places and by the end of the series will benefit from having another group of guys with international experience.

“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, 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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