Tom Latham has been named New Zealand captain for the ODI series against Sri Lanka
Tom Latham will lead New Zealand for the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka while Kane Williamson, who will miss the series to take part in the IPL, will be replaced by Latham as the team’s captain.
Tom Latham will lead New Zealand for the upcoming ODI series against Sri Lanka. Kane Williamson, who will miss the series to take part in the IPL, will be replaced by Latham as the team’s captain.
Williamson is not the only player who has not been selected New Zealand cricket decides to release players like Tim Southee and Devon Conway following the Test series in consideration of the IPL. NZC also confirmed that allrounder Mitchell Santner hasn’t been considered for the series at the request of his IPL franchise.
New Zealand will have a diminished lineup for the second and third ODIs with Finn Allen, Glenn Phillips, and Lockie Ferguson scheduled to leave the squad to travel to India after the opening ODI. For the second and third games, Mark Chapman, Henry Nicholls, and uncapped Ben Lister will step in for three.
Apart from Lister, Chad Bowes is the other uncapped player to receive his maiden ODI call-up following a successful season in white-ball cricket with Canterbury.
New Zealand has also recalled Will Young and Tom Blundell from the squad. Young last played in an ODI in July of last year whereas Blundell hasn’t represented New Zealand in ODI cricket in three years.
“Chad has been impressive for some seasons at the top of the order for Canterbury as well as being an excellent fielder,”Coach Gary Stead said.
“We are set to play 16 white ball matches between now and the start of May so there will be some chances for players to test themselves in familiar and unfamiliar conditions.”
“Tom Blundell, in particular, is someone who we’ve been hugely impressed by in international cricket over the past 18 months as a leader in the Test team and then domestically with the Wellington Firebirds. It’s an exciting opportunity for Tom ahead of a big year of white ball cricket. Ben’s (Lister) had a challenging time in the past six to seven months but he’s back fit again and we are excited by the point of difference he brings to the bowling group.”
The ODI series will begin on March 25 in Auckland after the completion of the second Test. The second and third ODIs will take place in Christchurch and Hamilton respectively on March 28 and 31.ODI squad: Tom Latham (c), Finn Allen (1st ODI only), Tom Blundell, Chad Bowes, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman (2nd & 3rd ODIs only), Lockie Ferguson (1st ODI only), Matt Henry, Ben Lister (2nd & 3rd ODIs only), Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls (2nd & 3rd ODIs only), Glenn Phillips (1st ODI only), Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Will Young