New Zealand call up uncapped Stewart for Hamilton ODI against Australia

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Hamilton, Mar 7(ANI): Injury-hit New Zealand team have called up uncapped batsman Shanan Stewart for Tuesday's third ODI of the Chappell-Hadlee series against Australia at Seddon Park in Hamilton.

New Zealand went into Saturday's second game in Auckland without leading batsman Ross Taylor, who pulled out of the side with a hamstring injury suffered during Wednesday's opening clash in Napier.

All-rounder James Franklin broke down with a hamstring strain in Saturday's match, as the Black Caps turn to Stewart in a bid to halt Australia's momentum following the touring team's 12-run win in Auckland.

"Shanan has been in our thinking for the Twenty20 World Cup. He's in great nick, he's got a couple of hundreds and a 200 today (227 not out for Canterbury against Central Districts)," The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Mark Greatbatch, New Zealand coach, as saying.

"He's an experienced middle order player, a very dynamic one-day player and we feel he plays the aggressive game we're looking to play against the Australians," he added.

Greatbatch said Taylor and Franklin will "most likely" miss Tuesday's game.

"But I think there's a chance of them playing again in this series. Probably Ross more so than Franky. We just need to get through the next 24 hours and see," he said. (ANI)

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