Wellington (New Zealand), Feb.28 (ANI): The New Zealand cricket squad for the first three one day internationals (ODI) against India announced today features the return of Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder and Kyle Mills, all of who were out of the squad with different injuries.
Ewen Thompson and Nathan McCullum from the Twenty20 squad have been omitted.
Stuff.co.nz quoted selection panel chairman Glenn Turner as saying that the squad was a strong one, which reflected the sizeable pool of players in consistent good form at international and domestic levels.
The selectors had decided not to include a second spinner in the initial ODI squad, Turner said.
"Knowing the way the Indians play spin bowling in limited overs cricket, we think the attack will benefit from having an extra seamer," Turner said.
Turner said it was fortunate Mills was fit again after injury as his recent form with the new ball in limited overs matches had been outstanding.
Turner said the squad had been named only for the first three matches, to allow other players the opportunity to find form in the next round of the domestic State Championship, and in the New Zealand A side.
The first ODI is at Napier on March 3, followed by games at Wellington on March 6 and Christchurch on March 8.
The squad is: Daniel Vettori (captain), Neil Broom, Ian Butler, Grant Elliott, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Kyle Mills, Iain O'Brien, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor. (ANI)