Black Caps back at full strength for Aussie retro ODI series

first_imgNEW ZEALAND will have their first-choice pace attack restored when they chase cricketing redemption on Australian soil in this month’s Gillette ODI Series.Spearheads Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry are included in the 15-man squad for the three-match series starting next week after injury forced all three to miss the 3-0 sweep of an ODI series against India.The trio all played little or no part in the Black Caps’ humiliating Test whitewash by Australia over the Christmas period due to a variety of ailments.Ferguson and Henry have only played domestic cricket since then but left-arm swing merchant Boult returned in a starring role in New Zealand’s just-completed 2-0 Test series thumping of India.Tim Southee and breakthrough rookie Kyle Jamieson have retained their ODI spots, meaning no room for Scott Kuggeleijn and Hamish Bennett.Kane Williamson will lead a familiar batting line-up while the all-rounder group comprises Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme and Mitchell Santner, all key figures in the Black Caps’ run to last year’s World Cup final.The last time Australia and New Zealand met in ODI cricket was in the group stage of last year’s World Cup, where Usman Khawaja top-scored with 88 and Mitchell Starc claimed a five-wicket haul in a 86-run win for Australia.The only player missing from their World Cup squad is hard-hitting opening batsman Colin Munro, replaced by Jamieson.Coach Gary Stead was pleased to have a full-strength side available to chase a first New Zealand ODI series win in Australia.“Playing Australia in Australia is one of the great challenges in world cricket and you know you will be severely tested in all aspects of the game,” Stead said.“Our one-day unit is a pretty settled one with plenty of experience and I think that showed in the recent series against India.“It’s great to welcome back the class of Trent, Matt and Lockie who spearheaded our run to the Cricket World Cup final last year.“Kyle’s made every post a winner since his international debut this season and he’ll be a handy asset to have in Australia.”Tall seamer Jamieson was a revelation against India, taking nine wickets at 16.33 across the two Tests.The squad leaves on Monday ahead of a series which starts at the Sydney Cricket Ground on March 13.New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (c), Martin Guptill, Henry Nicholls, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Tom Blundell, Jimmy Neesham, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner, Kyle Jamieson, Ish Sodhi, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson, Trent Boult.First ODI: March 13 at SCG (D/N). 14:30hrs AEDT, Fox Cricket & KayoSecond ODI: March 15 at SCG. 10:30hrs AEDT, Fox Cricket & KayoThird ODI: March 20 at Blundstone Arena, Hobart (D/N). 14:30hrs AEDT, Foxlast_img