New Zealand starts their ODI series against India next week on October 22th and they have surprisingly named uncapped wicketkeeper Glenn Phillips and leg spinner Todd Astle in the squad. New Zealand named nine players in the squad, while they announced that the remaining six will be added from the current A side for the upcoming ODI and the T20I series.
Phillips & Astle are not total strangers to International cricket as Phillips has featured in a T20I while the latter has played two Tests and two T20Is. They’re now set to have their ODI debuts as well. Selector Gavin Larsen seemed excited by their entries, saying, “Todd has been one of the best white-ball players in domestic cricket the last few seasons and he’s backed that up with a strong showing for New Zealand A. He brings all-round skill to the squad, quality legspin, is athletic in the field as well as being able to contribute with the bat. Glenn has made an immediate effect in domestic cricket and has certainly taken his opportunity over here with New Zealand A. He is an option for us with the gloves in both Twenty20s and ODIs, so we feel we have our bases covered with the 15 we’ve picked.” The hard-hitting Colin Munro is set to partner Martin Guptill at the top of the order with Tom Latham dubbed to the Kiwis’ new nuker three.
Head coach Mike Hesson said, “The beauty of Colin is he is a boundary hitter. He doesn’t so much adapt to conditions, he plays one way – batting in the middle order can make that difficult, and he has had success since we moved him up in T20s.” Leg spinner Ish Sodhi also makes the squad in place of Worker in the T20I squad, while Tom Bruce will also join the squad in place of Ross Taylor for the shortest format. Bruce and Sodhi will travel with the ODI squad, but will play only in the T20Is.
ODI squad: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, George Worker
T20I squad: Kane Williamson (c), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips,Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee.