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01-Jan-2018 06:16:00 GMT
Pakistan in New Zealand 2018

Guptil Returns for First Two Pakistan ODIs

Mount Maunganui: Martin Guptill has returned to the New Zealand 13-man squad for the first two One-Day Internationals against Pakistan, New Zealand Cricket announced on Monday.

The opener has recovered from the hamstring injury and will replace George Worker in the side.

The BLACKCAPS have selected two spin options in their ODI squad to face Pakistan in the opening two matches of the GJ Gardner Homes Series.

Allrounders Todd Astle and Mitchell Santner both feature in the 13 man squad, with Martin Guptill also returning to the side. The opening match of the series is on 6 January at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.

New Zealand ODI squad
Kane Williamson (c) - Northern Districts
Todd Astle - Canterbury
Trent Boult - Northern Districts
Doug Bracewell - Central Districts
Lockie Ferguson - Auckland
Martin Guptill - Auckland
Matt Henry - Canterbury
Tom Latham - Canterbury
Colin Munro - Auckland
Henry Nicholls - Canterbury
Mitchell Santner - Northern Districts
Tim Southee - Northern Districts
Ross Taylor - Central Districts

The Kiwis selector Gavin Larsen said having both Astle and Santner gave the team options. "Todd made the most of his opportunity against the West Indies and made a strong contribution with both bat and ball,” said Larsen.

Larsen said it it was good to have Guptill back, while acknowledging George Worker was unfortunate to miss out.

The squad will first train in Wellington on 5 January.

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