New Zealand name inexperienced seam attack for ODIs against India

Boult, Henry and Ferguson still injured

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Fast bowlers Kyle Jamieson, Scott Kuggeleijn and Hamish Bennett have been named in New Zealand‘s squad for next month's ODI series against India.

New Zealand and India are currently contesting a five-T20I series. The Indians have an unassailable three-nil lead – and have been priced at  1.57 by Bet365 to win Friday's fourth match in Wellington.

Fast bowlers Matt Henry, Trent Boult and Lockie Ferguson have not been named in the ODI squad. They are recovering from injuries.

The tall Jamieson is uncapped at international level. Kuggeleijn and Bennett have not played ODI cricket since 2017.

Opening batsman Henry Nicholls has been retained. Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi will be released from the squad after the first match. He will then join New Zealand A.

“Tim Southee has an important job leading our new look pace attack, which has a huge opportunity against some of the very best batsmen in the world,” said New Zealand coach Gary Stead.

“While the bowling line-up has a fresh look, the batting is very settled and we'll likely have the same top eight batsmen from the World Cup finals.

“Henry will remain at the top of the order after impressing in the opportunities he's had. He's been in good form opening for Canterbury in the latest rounds of the Ford Trophy with a hundred and a half-century to his name. It's great to have Tom fit so we can call on his experience behind the stumps and in the middle order.”

Right-armer Jamieson is 25 years old and has taken 33 wickets in 26 List A appearances. He recently drew strong praise from former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson on Twitter. Hesson was Stead's predecessor – and then became the head coach of the Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League.

“An impressive bowler who at 6ft 8in can swing it – another one to add to the Black Caps stable,” tweeted Hesson.

New Zealand and India will contest three ODIs from 5 t0 11 February 2020. The matches will be played in Hamilton, Auckland and Mount Maunganui.

New Zealand ODI squad

Kane Williamson (captain), Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Scott Kuggeleijn, Tom Latham, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi (first ODI), Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.

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