Despite not playing a T-20I match in almost 2 years, New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has been recalled for the three-match T20I series versus India.
The series, set to start from today (November 1), the veteran batsman will replace the injured legspinner Todd Astle. The bowling all-rounder was ruled out of the India tour after he sustained a groin strain in the warm-up game against Board President’s XI at the Brabourne stadium.
Taylor has been in a purple patch as of late, scoring a total of 155 runs in the recently finished ODI series against India. Mike Hesson, the New Zealand head coach, said,
“Ross [Taylor] is in good form as well. He gives us another option through the middle order. It’s a real shame for Todd, but it will be nice to have Ross’ experience in the group. We’re No. 1 in the world at the moment (for T20). We’ve got the bulk of the squad we’ve had for a while with some fresh and exciting faces as well. Once again, it’s a tough challenge here playing India in India”. New Zealand will start the T20I series as the No.1 ranked side in the shortest format of the game.
New Zealand T20I squad: Kane Williamson (c), Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Glenn Phillips (wk).