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New Zealand announce squad for ODI series

All-rounder Scott Styris and batsman Jamie How returned to the New Zealand One-day squad for the five-match series against India, starting on November 28.

cricket Updated: Nov 18, 2010 19:14 IST

All-rounder Scott Styris and batsman Jamie How returned to the New Zealand One-day squad for the five-match series against India, starting on November 28.

How, who played his last game in January 2009, returned to the senior side after nearly two years. The selectors picked him after his good display in the last Champions League Twenty 20 with his Central Districts side as well as in the tour of Zimbabwe with New Zealand A.

All-rounder Styris, who missed the tour of Bangladesh due to a back injury, found his place back in the 15-member squad.

Batsman Martin Guptill, who was left out for the Bangladesh series, also made a comeback.

New Zealand lost all their four matches against Bangladesh.

Fast bowler Hamish Bennett, who was injured in the first Test against India, and Canterbury batsman Shanan Stewart, who had a miserable series against Bangladesh, were left out.

"We welcome back Scott Styris from injury while Hamish Bennett and Shanan Stewart were unavailable for selection due to injury," said New Zealand selector Mark Greatbatch.

"We have kept faith with the bulk of the squad who played in the disappointing tour of Bangladesh and who have performed well in the current Test series against India.

About How, Greatbatch said: "We feel One-day cricket is the format for him to return to international cricket."

"A couple of players, Martin Guptill and Gareth Hopkins, who were part of the New Zealand A team who recently toured Zimbabwe will stay on. Martin has shown good form with the bat and Gareth will provide wicket-keeping cover for Brendon McCullum.

"Unfortunately, this means BJ Watling misses out on selection and I’m sure he will look to score plenty of runs for the Northern Knights and press for selection in the future," said Greatbatch who lashed out at the team after their drubbing against Bangladesh.

"This 15-man squad is really looking forward to playing positive cricket in what promises to be an exciting one-day series."

Squad:
Daniel Vettori (captain), Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Gareth Hopkins, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Andy McKay, Kyle Mills, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Daryl Tuffey, Kane Williamson.